The Rock's appearance at WrestleMania 32 last night took place in order to deliver two new WrestleMania records to the WWE Universe.
One was to announce the new attendance record set by the audience inside the AT&T Stadium, as according to the WWE, 101,763 fans were in attendance which beats the previous WrestleMania record of 93,173 at WrestleMania.
However, there has been some disputes over the accuracy of the number, as Byran Alvarez of the Wrestling Observer tweeted: "Dave got the actual number from the building, legit did just under 94,000 and $17 million gate. Legit broke fake record!" Still breaks the record, but the number wasn't as high.
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That wasn't the worst mistake made in this segment, though, as it continued with The Great One being confronted by The Wyatt Family. A match was then set up between The Rock and one of The Wyatts - it so happened to be Erick Rowan - which ended after only six seconds, another WrestleMania record for the quickest match finish.
The Wyatts then stalked The People's Champion in the ring. He was outnumbered 3-to-1 until John Cena made his return to the WWE after being out with a shoulder injury, and helped him fend off Bray Wyatt, Rowan, and Braun Strowman. They then celebrated together in the ring.
Despite WrestleMania being relatively ok overall, this had to be one of the worst segments of the night because of what it has done for The Wyatt Family. It has buried them further into the abyss of the WWE.
Since joining the WWE, The Wyatt Family hasn't really had a major PPV win. They haven't taken a scalp from a feud to show why they should be considered as The New Face of Fear. They're not an entity to be feared. They're being built as a pushover.
The Wyatts have been buried in every WrestleMania match they have had. Cena defeated Bray at WrestleMania 30, The Undertaker defeated him at last year's event, and they have now lost to The Rock in a squash match.
To what benefit?
While Cena will be back as much as possible, The Rock isn't going to be. There's no need for him to win that match just for some record. The WWE would have benefited much more overall if Bray Wyatt had taken Rowan's place against The Great One and he beat him to the ground, earning his first WrestleMania win against one of the best the company has ever had.
Bray absolutely destroying The Rock could have done wonders for him. Instead, he now has another WrestleMania beat down to deal with. When are the WWE going to give him a break, and push him as a monster heel that he has the potential to become?
Hopefully soon. But right now, he is being booked as no threat at all despite all these cryptic promos, and that's a real shame because Bray's in-ring ability and charisma makes him one of the best superstars in the company. And his talent is just being wasted.
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