It appears that the WWE has done something very smart - Hogan vs. Rock in Montreal. Now, I don't know if anybody has went into this much, but just by looking at the location of this match - you can tell what's gonna happen.
It appears that the WWE has finally caught on to the fact that the fans are gonna boo Rock. So what do they do? Put him against a guy you just CAN'T get people to boo if you tried (See WM18), and throw them together in CANADA again.
I'm not too worried about Rock still sticking to some of his face tendancies on Smackdown - because I see this all as a setup.
Prediction? Rock does some shenanigans to win at NWO, maybe with Vince's help. Then he cuts the biggest bad-ass heel promo of his career against everybody in Canada, even citing WrestleMania 18 where the fans turned on him. Then of course, Hollywood Rock is born.
Maybe they'll wuss out and have him do the promo on Smackdown, but for Rock to go off on the fans in Canada - that would be insta-heel.
Since Rock's adopted the sharpshooter of late, I don't see how this match could end any other way... you don't want to risk a Rock Bottom or gawd forbid a People's Elbow for the win when you're trying to turn the guy heel.
Jesus. Vague face/heel status + possible turns + Quebec (aka, wrestling Bizarro world) is a serious recipe for confusion.
(edited by MoeGates on 31.1.03 1510) It seems that I am - in no particular order - Zack Morris, John Adams, a Siren, Janeane Garofalo, Aphrodite, a Chihuahua, Data, Cletus the Slack Jawed Yokel, Amy-Wynn Pastor, Hydrogen, Bjork, Spider-Man, Boston, and a Chaotic Good Elvin Bard-Mage.
A legdrop from Rock would be awesome. When Hogan and Jericho were both on Smackdown last summer, I was waiting to see them eventually match up. And when they did, I expected to see Jericho use every trick in the book, as he usually mocks his opponents. The match came and there was plenty of mocking, but not enough heelish moves. I thought he'd go totally Savage on Hogan, but it was not to be. Here's hoping Rock follows through and kicks Hogan's ass Savage style. I love Hogan, don't get me wrong. But it'd be cool to see Rock go old school to beat Hogan.
I would leave the belt with Guerrero as first time champion to get him over big. It would have a bigger impact if he kept the title. Angle has had the title in the past year twice, while this is Eddie's first big run.