Backstage details on The Rock's status

The Royal Rumble 2023 gave emotions and twists, even without the return of The Rock

by Simone Brugnoli
Backstage details on The Rock's status

The Royal Rumble 2023 gave emotions and twists, even without the return of The Rock. Fans were treated to two fantastic Royal Rumble matches, two title matches and the first ever 'Pitch Black match' The WWE Universe was hoping for the return of 'The Great One' in the final juncture of the PPV, but this was not the case.

The event ended with Bloodline brutally assaulting Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Dave Meltzer, well-known correspondent of the 'Wrestling Observer', commented on the absence of The Rock at the Rumble and went even further: “Johnson missed the Royal Rumble and - unless he changes his mind in the coming weeks - he will not be present not even at WrestleMania 39.

The Rock explained to WWE executives that he doesn't have the time to get in shape. With several film projects at stake, he doesn't want to risk getting injured. He would need a lot of training to be able to stand up to Roman Reigns in the main event of the 'Showcase of the Immortals'

However, The Rock has kept the door open to do something in the future. Maybe WWE has a different plan and is keeping it a secret."

New details on The Rock

WWE had to deal with the sensational return of Vince McMahon at the start of the new year.

Vince was elected as executive chairman of the board of directors, while his daughter Stephanie resigned to the general astonishment. During an appearance on CNBC's 'Squawk in the Street', The Rock commented on the return of Vince McMahon: "I think WWE is an amazing company.

It's a brand that I've been fortunate enough to have huge success with for several years. I wish Vince and everyone else only the best. The fan base is large and passionate, there is nothing like this federation. If there are any new buyers who want to be a part of this company, they must share the same passion that Vince has for WWE and wrestling.

I think it's not easy." Triple H recently shed light on The Rock’s WWE return status. “So I know for him, and I know his family and background and everything.. if he could be here for WrestleMania in Hollywood, he would turn over every stone and walk through fire to be able to do it… But I don’t think it’s just in the cards.

We always have conversations with him because he loves it (wrestling) so much… This is his home. He’s an open invitation, we didn’t lock the door,(and) he can come through anytime he wants, but he is incredibly busy."

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