Good article, Tom. I think this line is something that I've been waiting to read:
Rock looked up to Hogan as a kid. Rock feels that Hogan sold himself out. Hogan sees himself as wrestling's biggest star ever. Hogan wants to keep the Rock from reaching that level. These are all things that will need to be emphasized, and re-emphasized, over the next month. It can't just be "nWo cheat bad destroy".
Somebody actually looking at motivations rather than just who is the face and who is the heel. Well done.
Thanks for the feedback! I didn't think Smackdown really did anything interesting as far as hooking me further on these characters' conflicts, but then again, Smackdown just kills time most of the time, so it probably doesn't mean anything.
The key word in the quote you provided was "subtly". I think what the author is/was trying to say is that by pushing the bigger, more muscular guys, Vince McMahon is basically telling his wrestlers that is the way to get more TV time.