In the world of WWE, a dream match looms on the horizon that has fans buzzing with anticipation: Roman Reigns versus Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. This family showdown, a blend of talent and legacy, has never been closer to becoming a reality.
Johnson's recent appearance on "WWE Raw," where he hinted at challenging Reigns' status as the "Head of the Table," has only fueled speculation. However, the timeline for this epic encounter, whether at WWE WrestleMania 40 or later, remains a tantalizing mystery.
Dwayne Johnson, in a conversation on ESPN's "First Take," played coy about his WrestleMania plans, describing himself as a "longer gamer," preferring to build stories over time. This comment has sparked debate in the wrestling community about the timing of this much-awaited clash.
Bully Ray, a former WWE star and current "Busted Open Radio" host, recently weighed in on the subject. He expressed skepticism about the match happening at this year's WrestleMania due to the short lead-up time. Looking ahead to WWE WrestleMania 41, rumored to be in Minneapolis, Bully Ray voiced doubts about the venue's suitability for a match of such magnitude.
He believes Johnson envisions this battle unfolding in front of a record-breaking crowd, a feat less likely at WrestleMania 40.
Royal Rumble's Critical Impact
As WWE gears up for the 2024 Royal Rumble this Saturday, the shape of WrestleMania 40 will become clearer.
A key match featuring Reigns defending his Undisputed WWE Universal Championship against LA Knight, AJ Styles, and Randy Orton could have significant implications for the potential Rock-Reigns showdown. Bully Ray theorizes that if Reigns loses his title, it might indicate the match with The Rock is set for April.
However, with most WrestleMania tickets already sold, he suggests The Rock may prefer to wait for a future event, seeking to headline a WrestleMania that he can be credited with selling out. Bully Ray emphasized The Rock's desire to be a top draw.
At nearly 50 and serving on the WWE Board of Directors, Johnson likely wants to be the driving force behind a record-setting event. In Bully's view, anything less would not suit The Rock's stature or ambitions. As the WWE Universe watches the Royal Rumble unfold, the question remains: when will these two titans clash in the ring?