WWE Legend Explains Why WWE Had To Bring The Rock Back
"I mean, there ain't no stars anymore," he explained. "Ain't no stars anymore. People always me what's wrong with the company. I say, 'Well, when you have to have Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole as your semi-main events or your biggest angles on WrestleMania last year. Then you got to bring The Rock back and 'Stone Cold' (Steve Austin) back, you obviously have no stars on your roster.
"I mean, if you look at it logically; why'd they have to bring these guys back? You have no one there that's worth a damn.... None of the championship belts mean anything. When you have to bring The Rock back and give him $10-20 million for WrestleMania, it just means that you have nobody on your roster that's worth a s--t. Excuse my French or English or whatever, but that's just how it is."
Honky Tonk Man pointed to his angle with Santino Marella in 2008 as an example of how the business has changed from his day.
"When I went back and did Cyber Sunday with Santino Marella, it was all scripted. Everything was written down on paper. You've got to study it like in Hollywood. It's, like, 'Man. Come on. I don't need to study this stuff. I know what I need to do.'
"You had to go out and rehearse it and say it that way. They start rehearsing and like two or three in the afternoon until five or six o'clock at night. Even coming through the curtain and coming down is all rehearsed. It's, like, 'Man, give me a break! I know how to walk down the damn aisle!'"
Make sure to check back this Monday for our interview with The Honky Tonk Man.
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