We should have known when it was announced approximately six hours before showtime. Or realized anything meaningful wasn’t going on a mid-tier cable network a substantial portion of the audience doesn’t get.
If WWE and Fox had anything like a new or meaningful interview with Dwayne The Rock Johnson on tap, it would have been hyped all week, and/or saved for the main broadcast network.
But many of us convinced ourselves this would continue the long build toward a Roman Reigns vs. Rocky WrestleMania match. I was one of those people.
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What we got was even less than what we should have expected when a clearly pre-taped interview with one of the world’s biggest stars was announced at 4 p.m. for a 10 p.m. airing on FS1... a snippet of something that debuted on Instagram last month.
It was Rock telling Jay Glazer the story of how he got Vince McMahon to let him ditch the generic babyface Rocky Maivia he debuted with in 1996 and his own man on the microphone. That involved a heel turn, a run with the Nation of Domination, and the rest is history.
"Give me two minutes. If I suck never give me the microphone again." - @TheRock to @JayGlazer on being given a shot on the microphone by @VinceMcMahon #TalkingSmack pic.twitter.com/m7BkPX12sg— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) December 19, 2020
It’s a good story. But it’s not trash talking Roman. And it’s something we’ve heard before - including this exact version of it last month.
Sasha Banks’ interview with Charlotte Wilder likewise didn’t contain anything new, but at least it wasn’t a repackageing of an IG Live.
The Boss @SashaBanksWWE talks to @TheWilderThings about 'The Year of Sasha Banks'.— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) December 19, 2020
So there you have it. We have no one to blame but ourselves.