Ok you are talking about Free Transform? not rotating the VIEW on the canvas?
The Options Bar already contains what you want because you can use the Scrubby Sliders to rotate and scale while zoomed in. These sliders can be controlled in their degree of operation, with the use of keyboard shortcuts.
Ok you are talking about Free Transform?
these work, just looking for alternate visual controls.
Yes, I guess some kind of optional Open GL rotational 'compass' appearing while in Free Transform, is a fair enough Feature Request.
As an extension of the discussion on the adjustments panel and about what to do, I thought I add some thoughts as I find minor blemishes in the UI. Otherwise I can't complain about CS6 : )