The Rock’s long-time collaborator Brian Gewirtz has commented on speculation linking The Great One with a return to WWE.
While The Rock stood atop WWE in the early 2000’s, he had already gained a reputation as one of the greatest talkers in recent wresting history. During this period, the former World Champion worked closely with writer Brian Gewirtz, crafting his memorable promos.
Although Gewirtz and eventually The Rock left WWE, the pair have continued to work together, including on the second season of Young Rock, where Gewirtz serves as Executive Producer.
Speaking in a new interview with TV Insider, the former WWE writer reflected on the creative process behind WWE television. He explained that the process was fast-moving and ever-changing.
“Things change in a flash,” Gewirtz said. “Even when I was there, the process went through so many different changes. It was basically get with the talent, put something together, make it to television, and we’ll see how the audience reacts and talk about it afterward. Then as the company became publicly traded there were a lot more eyes on it. It can be a good thing for a showrunner like Vince McMahon. You know what you’re going to get when the show is on the air.
“But you can also stifle the creativity a little bit in the wrestling business, which is known for more of the off-the-cuff promo skills like Ric Flair, Randy Savage, Roddy Piper. The idea of the writer in that era would be laughed at out of the building. I can’t speak to how it exactly works nowadays, but I think it’s a nice mixture where certain talents have gained the trust and leeway with promos while others go through a process. As far as I know in AEW, none of that exists. Great. I think it’s super cool to have as many options as possible.”
Gewirtz was also asked about whether fans might expect The Rock back in a WWE ring anytime soon. There had been reports that The People’s Champion would return at WrestleMania 38, while it is now believed that a showdown with Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 39 is the target.
The writer said that while he isn’t aware of the megastar planning to return, and despite their being plenty of potential obstacles in the way, it doesn’t mean that it won’t happen.
“I sometimes learn of Dwayne’s wrestling aspirations the way everyone else does: through his social media posts,” Gewirtz said. “There are so many factors that go into Dwayne’s appearance in terms of a WWE ring. Between his movie schedule and health. Infamously at WrestleMania against John Cena, it resulted in some pretty horrific injuries that required surgery and the delaying of the Hercules movie at the time.
“I also know this is a passion and business he was born into and born with. That never truly goes away. I don’t know if you’ve seen the guy lately, but he is in pretty good shape. I think he could probably do it if push came to shove. I think it comes down to what he wants to do and when. It comes down to what Dwayne wants to do. I’m sure WWE would be more than happy to have him.”
Season two of Young Rock premiered on March 16th. The acclaimed sit-com follows The Rock’s childhood years as he grows up in the wrestling industry.