Berman (whoever) had no respect for the Rock. They treated him like an imbecile. One of the biggest box office draws today, but back in 1998 when he was only one of the most popular wrestlers in the world, they were pretty sure he was a monkey who couldn't couldn't remember more than 3 lines of dialogue.
It was patronizing.
Or was it that they suspected if they synergistically drew new audience from the wrestling world that those are the monkeys who didn't want to LISTEN to more than 3 lines of dialogue?