Originally Posted by Chip R
I didn't see this live and just watched the video and while I thought it was a little entertaining, it just seemed to be a rehash of his past promos. I know that's what the fans wanted to hear but The Rock used to be cutting edge in his promos. There was nothing new in that promo. It was almost like he was following a checklist, "Finally, The Rock has come back..." check. "It doesn't matter what you think," check. Make fun of opponent, check. "Millions and millions," check. And then finish it off with the obligitory, "If you smell what The Rock is cooking."
Yeah -- it definitely had a "greatest hits" feel to it. I think that's mostly because old Rock promos usually went in phases; he'd fall in love with one particular bit / line and do that for a few weeks and then switch it up to something new. It's part of what really kept the Rock fresh. Just when the "...take that left on Jabroni Drive and check your ass directly into the Smackdown Hotel!" thing got old, it turned into the "turn it sideways..." bit. Then when the "It doesn't matter..." got old, it turned into making fun of Kevin Kelly for being a "ugly hermaphrodite" or forcing Michael Cole to wear a towel over his head when he interviewed the Rock.
I think if the Rock came back on a regular basis, he'd start to come up with fresh material again. He's a genuinely funny dude, and he was always given pretty much free reign to do whatever he wanted when cutting a promo (from what I've read). For this promo, though, it made sense to stick to the classics -- hell, I'd say a solid portion of the WWF's current fanbase probably wasn't even watching wrestling when the Rock was last on regularly