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The Rock Comments On Potential In-Ring Return

The Rock at the Titan Games. He, Mick Foley and Bret Hart inducted Ken Shamrock

WWE Legend and Hollywood megastar The Rock has moved to address rumours that he could be heading back to the squared circle.

One of the biggest sources of speculation around WWE in recent months has been the status of The Rock. Though widely regarded as one of the most popular Superstars of all-time, The Great One hasn’t had a match inside a WWE ring since 2016, and his brief showdown with Eric Rowan at WrestleMania 32.

His last ‘real’ contest came against John Cena at WrestleMania 29 where he torn his abdominal adductor tendons off his pelvis in 2013. This reportedly delayed filming of his next movie Hercules, at great financial cost to the studio.

However, Survivor Series 2021 marks the 25th anniversary of his WWE debut at Madison Square Garden. This naturally led to suggestions that the former World Champion would be appearing at the event, potentially setting up a match with Roman Reigns. It was later reported that The People’s Champion would be in Australia at the time of the event, filming the second season of Young Rock.

Despite this, speculation persists that The Rock could still be in-line to face Reigns at WrestleMania 39 in L.A.

While promoting his latest movie Red Notice, starring Ryan Reynolds, The Rock was asked by comicbook.com whether he would defend a championship, should he take it from Roman Reigns. Rock admitted that while a title run might be out of the picture, one more match certainly isn’t off the table.

“I don’t know if I have another title run, considering I’m the People’s Champion, but I don’t know if it’s another title run,”

“I think possibly, you know, there might be another match down the road. It would have to make sense.”

Continuing on, the third generation Superstar heaped praise on Roman Reigns for his current performances, saying that he’s proud of the Universal Champion.

“It seems like Roman, you know, I’m very close with Roman obviously, and we talk about this all the time, and I continue to encourage him to keep doing your thing, keep sharpening those skills,” Johnson said. “I think he’s doing a great job with his promo, his execution, his in-ring work. It all continues to improve and grow. And that’s always the best part, I think, about that world of professional wrestling is that when someone gets anointed and given the ball to run, they either score a touchdown with it or they don’t. But then some, not only score a touchdown with it, but then they begin to change the way the game is played.

And in Roman’s case, he’s slowly doing that, and you could start to read the tea leaves. And again, I’m very, very proud of him. I like everything that he’s doing. I like everything that the Usos are doing. I like what they’re doing together, and we’ll see down the road.”

Roman Reigns most recently defended his title against Brock Lesnar at Crown Jewel. On the following episode of SmackDown, Lesanr went on the rampage earning himself a suspension and a $1 million fine.

WWE recently announced that November will be a celebration of The Rock, to mark 25 years since his debut at Survivor Series 1996.

H/t to comicbook.com for the transcription.