In the weeks following WrestleMania 39, the wrestling world ponders who will finally dethrone Roman Reigns as the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion. Among numerous speculations, fans suggest The Rock's return for one last showdown.
However, holding onto this hope might do more harm than good to both The Rock and current wrestlers. The Rock's last match, an impromptu comedy segment at WrestleMania 32, hardly serves as a fitting sendoff. Fans yearn for a proper conclusion to his wrestling career, as his journey from conquering WWE to dominating Hollywood left many with unfulfilled expectations.
His WrestleMania 28 match against John Cena was iconic, followed by a rematch the next year, where Cena emerged victorious. Although these could have been adequate final chapters, fans still hope for a more satisfying ending.
Yet, this persistent desire for The Rock's return overshadows current wrestlers. With the stage set for a potential match between The Rock and Roman Reigns since the 2015 Royal Rumble, fans and wrestlers alike have been distracted by the possibility.
This constant speculation diminishes other wrestlers' achievements, making them appear like backup plans when facing Reigns.
Risking The Rock's Legacy
Furthermore, The Rock risks tarnishing his legacy with another comeback.
At WrestleMania 29, he suffered an abdominal muscle tear, which impacted his film career and physical image. At nearly 51 years old, The Rock might be in excellent shape. Still, there is a significant difference between maintaining a muscular physique and being prepared for the physical demands of a wrestling match.
Unlike "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's protected return at WrestleMania 38, The Rock cannot afford a similar approach. A potential injury or subpar performance could damage his reputation, reminiscent of The Undertaker's or Goldberg's final days.
The Rock's return to WWE for a final match against Roman Reigns might be an enticing prospect for fans, but it could harm his legacy and current wrestlers' careers. It's time for fans and The Rock himself to accept that some dreams are better left unrealized.
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