Mar/28/11 11:13 PM Filed in: The Rock
The seven year in-ring wrestling retirement of one of the greatest WWE stars of all time may be coming to an end. The Rock is singing a different song and is now telling the media that he is open for business. WWE fans may be treated to John Cena vs. The Rock as soon as SummerSlam 2011.
During his time away from pro wrestling, Dwayne Johnson has said many times in media interviews that he would not be wrestling again. As recently as January, The Rock answered this very question on his Facebook Fan Page and crushed the dreams of the millions and millions of Rock fans waiting to see him get back in the ring and lay the smack down on Jabroni Drive.
“..will I ever come back to the WWE? of course I will..not a match though, but in a capacity that would allow me to do so much more.. I LOVE that company and the fans…without the two I would not be standing where I am today… Vince and myself stay very closely connected and when the opportunity is right – which will be alot sooner than you think – we will do something electrifying and historic for the fans.”
Whether it was the rush he got from appearing in front of his first live WWE audience in seven years or just the fun he has been having cutting promos, Dwayne Johnson has pulled a Brett Favre and done an about face in regards to stepping back in the ring. The Rock recently did two interviews where he gave a much different answer than the one he offered in January.
In the WWE magazine when asked about wrestling The Rock said, “Making movies is something that I love to do, and I know that it brings a lot of people joy, which in turn brings me and my soul great gratification. Being in the ring and entertaining the audience and kicking ass physically brings me and my soul great gratification as well. I can guarantee that I can always do both.”
A vague answer but unlike previous interviews, he didn’t say “no” or “never.” The Rock warmed up even more about returning to the ring in an interview with SeattlePI.com.
“I’ve never said never. I’m open to it.”
Wow! That is the first time I can recall ever reading The Rock outright say that he was open to returning to the ring. That changes things quite a bit when it comes to the WrestleMania 27 hype and the John Cena vs. The Miz vs. The Rock feud. Just the proposition for a match alone has to be exciting for anyone that watched The Rock do his thing a decade ago.
The Rock is committed to three more WWE live appearances beginning this Monday night in Chicago on RAW. The opening for a John Cena vs. The Rock match gives fans the possibility of seeing a much more compelling angle at WrestleMania 27 than the predictable Rock endorsing Cena bit. With The Rock vs. John Cena on the table, fans have the opportunity to see the next chapter in a story whose best chapter may be further ahead in the book.
There is a ton of buzz on the Internet right now about the Cena vs. Rock match taking place at SummerSlam 2011. In my opinion, I would love to see them draw this thing out until WrestleMania 28. Of course the risk there is that The Rock changes his mind or gets a big movie part he can’t refuse that takes him out of WrestleMania. Locking The Rock in now for SummerSlam virtually guarantees the match and gives the WWE over three months to promote the biggest match the company has had in the last several years.
Fans should be warned that at the end of the day, this could just be a tease to further promote WrestleMania 27 and the Cena vs. Rock rivalry. On the other hand, this could be the start of one of the most exciting WWE summers in recent memory.