The professional wrestling community has been abuzz with intriguing developments, but what truly piqued everyone's interest was Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s contemplation on making a sensational return to the WWE ring.
In a candid chat on Pat McAfee's ESPN/YouTube segment, the wrestling-turned-Hollywood icon shared intriguing details about almost locking in a face-off with Roman Reigns for WrestleMania 39. While that plan may have fizzled out, The Rock seems far from ruling out a future bout.
Addressing the possibility of a showdown at WrestleMania 40 in Philadelphia, he commented, “I’m certainly open to it. Whatever we do, it needs to be monumental not only for the fans but also for my colleagues in the locker room.
We should aim for a transformative experience in the wrestling world”. Now 51, The Rock hasn't stepped into a full-fledged WWE match since his 2013 encounter at WrestleMania 29. His brief eight-second victory over Erik Rowan in 2016's WrestleMania 32, where he landed a singular Rock Bottom, hardly counts as a comeback.
Rock vs. Hogan: Iconic Bout
Reflecting on The Rock's storied wrestling history, one can't help but recall the electrifying bout at WrestleMania 18 in 2002. In front of a deafening Toronto Skydome audience, The Rock, then in his prime, clinched a victory against the legendary Hulk Hogan.
Intriguingly, Hogan, at that iconic moment, was 48, making a potential Rock return even more remarkable, considering he'd be older than Hogan was back then. Speaking of Hogan, the wrestling legend recently expressed fervent support for The Rock's potential in-ring resurgence.
In a conversation with Sports Illustrated, Hogan showered praises on his former adversary, emphasizing The Rock's unparalleled passion for the sport. “There's no one quite like The Rock. His unmatched energy was evident from the get-go.
But there's one thing I’m sure of—wrestling still runs deep in his veins,” Hogan remarked. He further hinted at the monumental impact of such a return, saying any match with The Rock now would etch an indelible mark in fans' memories.
As the wrestling world awaits further updates, one thing's clear: A Rock return would indeed be a seismic event in the wrestling chronicles.