Review: Monday Night War (The Rock) Episode 12

Monday Night War The Rock

The Monday Night War looks at the most electrifying man in sports entertainment.

I commended last week’s episode that focused on Chris Jericho because even though it was a story that has already been told, Jericho did work for both WCW and WWE and his story hasn’t been done to death.

Well, with this episode, it’s the exact opposite. Not only did Rock not work for WCW, but his story has been told so often that I’m fairly sure that I could’ve written this exact script. Thus, unless you’re a very new fan who has no idea what the Attitude Era was about, you don’t need to watch this episode.

Also, this was more so a biography of the Rock than it was a discussion piece on the Monday Night War. In fact, while I don’t know for sure, I’m going to guess that they showed less WCW footage during this episode than any other episode to date. And I noticed that when they did show WCW footage late in the episode, it was the exact same footage of Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff, Goldberg, and Kevin Nash they showed during the Chris Jericho episode when they wanted to show that WCW was going down the tubes. It may have even been in the same order.

When you’re re-cutting footage to tell stories, I imagine that’s going to happen. But how about make sure that it doesn’t happen in back to back episodes?

To show more laziness, the episode took the same “This Is Your Life” footage from Mick Foley’s episode and while they may have added some things here and there, Foley’s interview was the same verbatim.

As I mentioned, this is more of a biography piece on the Rock than anything else, all the way down to discussing his dad and grandfather and him meeting Vince McMahon when he was eleven years old. I’m surprised that they didn’t mention how he had seven dollars left to his name after his dad picked him up once his Canadian Football League career was over.

I hate to be so negative on the episode because it is well produced and there’s great footage and interviews, but it feels like the same old story told for the twelfth time rather than a fundamental and necessary piece of a twenty episode miniseries. Outside of the episodes about the cruiserweights and ECW, I’m not sure there’s a new wrinkle that’s been told. Maybe we’ll get that down the line when they do an episode on Sting. We can only hope.

The best thing about the episode is that you can really see the competition between the Rock and Triple H and the Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin when it came to who the biggest dog in the yard was. I did appreciate that the episode didn’t try to make Triple H Rock’s equal in 1999 and 2000 because that absolutely wasn’t the case no matter how hard they tried to make it the case back then.

Rock was put over as the ultimate superstar much in the same way that Stone Cold Steve Austin was.

This episode was not must-see as a part of the Monday Night War, but if you want to watch old Rock footage, including hype videos for his blue-chipper Rocky Maivia character, it’s fine for that. Just don’t expect this to tell any new stories in the Monday Night War.

Episode 1: The War Begins (by Big D)
Episode 2: The Rise Of NWO (by GG)
Episode 3: Embracing Attitude (by Big D)
Episode 4: A New D-Generation (by GG)
Episode 5: Have A Nice Day (by Big D)
Episode 6: Hart Of War (by GG)
Episode 7: The War Goes Extreme (by Big D)
Episode 8: The Austin Era Has Begun (by GG)
Episode 9: Flight Of The Cruiserweights (by Big D)
Episode 10: Who’s Next? (Big D)
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  1. I’m pretty sure this series has so far pinpointed about 10 different people who were each singularly the driving force behind WWE first taking the lead and then winning the war.

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