I just got back from the Raw event in Seattle, and thought I'd post about the show since I didn't see this, and it didn't really fit in the Raw stuff.
After the show, Rock sold the spear for about three minutes, coughing and sputtering into the mic before finally getting up to a sitting position. He admitted that the spear "hurt like hell", and asked for the crowd not to chant for Goldberg, because he didn't want "that big bastard coming back out here."
Rock then asked for the production truck to replay the spear so they could all see how Goldberg took Rock down. After that, he asked them to replay it a second time, saying he was "pissed off now." After that, Rock pointed to the front row cameraside and belittled the people there for CHEERING the spear.
Rock then stated that he thought that instead of leaving, he'd stick around for "another month" to face "Bill Goldberg" which got a huge pop from the already huge-popping Seattle crowd. After insulting the crowd a bit more, and especially picking on a guy in the front row he went for "IF YA SMELLLLLL.." but came up coughing and grabbing his gut in pain after the first three words.
After that, Rock went to ringside and started jawing with a couple of fans at ringside. One fan especially got heat from the whole crowd when he admitted he wasn't from Seattle, but from California. (In case you're unaware, most people in western Washington state HATE Californians. :))
Here's the part that made it awesome - after that, Rock said "I know I'm a bad guy and I'm supposed to lay the smackdown on all your candyasses and you're supposed to boo the Rock, but there's something I have to do." In that same section, a guy had his four- or five-year-old son in the front row, and Rock went up to him and asked him to finish "IF YA SMELLLL.." for him. The kid started the phrase off, getting a big pop. Rock, after saying "that was really good!" then went back and told the kid that it was "his show" and to go ahead and say it. The kid then finished the catchphrase, drawing a huge smile to Rock's face and to everybody else's in KeyArena. Rock left to an even bigger pop than before.
The whole night was saved by Rock's performance, just like Raw has been for the past month. But this was the icing on the cake that really made me think about how we're going to miss Rock when he's gone, and how he'd take the time to make a little kid's day like that.
The last couple of times have been really fun. I remember RAW last summer, which I thought was the "try-out" for WM. Everyone was trying to get the Undertaker to do a spinaroonie and at least 1/4 of the locker room was out there. That had to last like 45 minutes or something. That was definately fun as all hell
"I believed what I was told, I thought it was a good life, I thought I was happy. Then I found something that changed it all...." -Anonymous, 2112
The Rock is the man. Like I said before, we should all be thankful that we had a chance to watch the man in action. No matter what the future of wrestling brings there will only be one Great One, our kids or grandkids will not understand, unless they see a video or something. And that still may not be justice. Like Ali, or Ray Robinson, or that quitter Barry Sanders. Somethings are just hard to explain and are better understood through experience.
"NOW YOU GET YOUR WHININ ASS OUTTA HERE!!" Sid Vicious after slapping Bret Hart
I was at Wrestlemania x-7 and the pop Austin got when his music hit was just insane. But even better was the even more insane pop he got when he won the title, especially considering he had just truned heel.