Arn Anderson gave his opinion on the likelihood of The Rock vs Roman Reigns taking place at next years WrestleMania, speaking on this weeks episode of ‘Arn’.
Speaking with host Conrad Thompson, Anderson addressed the rumours that have been circulating over the last few months, regarding Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson returning at WrestleMania 37 next year. Although the ‘Brahma Bull’ himself has dismissed rumours of a 2021 return, fans have speculated that a match between ‘The Great One’ and current WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns could happen at WWE’s flagship event.
Anderson, a former road agent with WWE, acknowledges that although The Rock remains a team player within WWE, he is doubtful we will see Johnson return to the ring next year:
“I’m sure he’s a team player enough. He’s also the biggest movie star in the world. And if you think he’s going to go and battle Roman in front of no people, you’re out of your mind. People’s Champion is not just a moniker, that’s what he does. He has a maestro stick, and he moves the audience whichever way he wants back and forth, just like all the great ones did.
I hate to say it, but I gotta tell you, Wrestlemania without people is a tough sell. Because it’s still all the same talent, and all the same matches. And without those hundred thousand people to determine how you feel about what you’re watching, it’s a different animal.”
The Rock last appeared on WWE television during the Fox premier of Smackdown in 2019, delivering a Rock Bottom and People’s Elbow to King Corbin. His last match with WWE took place at WrestleMania 32, in which he defeated Wyatt Family member Erik Rowan in a record setting six seconds.
The Rock and Roman Reigns are real-life cousins, with both men being a part of the legendary Samoan Anoa’i family – which includes The Usos, Yokozuna, Umaga, Rikishi and ‘High Chief’ Peter Maivia. Johnson’s daughter Simone signed with WWE in February of this year, making her the first ever fourth-generation WWE Superstar.
Reigns and The Rock have had previous interactions on screen. Johnson came to the aid of Reigns at the 2015 Royal Rumble, helping Roman defeat The Big Show and Kane to become the winner of the event. The pair also appeared on-screen together in ‘Hobbs and Shaw’, a Fast & Furious spin off starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.
Whilst The Rock remains one of Hollywood’s highest paid actors, as well as the new owner of Vince McMahon’s XFL, Roman Reigns is set to face Kevin Owens at Tables, Ladders & Chairs this Sunday in a WWE Universal Championship match.