Triple H could see The Rock returning at WrestleMania 39.
It’s no secret that future WWE Hall of Famer, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and current Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns are cousins. While ‘The Head of The Table’ is seemingly unstoppable and The Rock hasn’t had a proper send-off match, rumors have been swirling ever since next year’s WrestleMania was announced to take place in Los Angeles, California that a match between the two would be taking place at ‘The Showcase of Immortals’.
When speaking with BT Sport’s Ariel Helwani, Triple H added some fuel to the fire when it comes to a potential showdown between ‘The Tribal Chief’ and ‘The People’s Champion’:
“Yeah, I figured that’s what you were gonna ask me. When you are the, maybe the most recognisable man on the planet, the most famous actor in Hollywood, probably the most in demand social media influencer out there, you’re busy, and that busyness is fluid. In a moment’s time this seems like man, I gotta do this, and then something else comes along 30 seconds later because of the nature of what you do, and it’s I thought I had to do that, but I got to do this. It can change, a few years ago he and I were going to work at WrestleMania, and we even shot a video for it. And we were ready to roll and then in the course of the year that it was going to happen the opportunity changed.
I do know this, because I’ve had this conversation with him. At no time when Rock is making a movie in Hollywood, does he stand in a position, pull off his elbow pads and goosebumps fill his entire body because of the electricity that 100,000 people or whatever it is, are giving him in that moment and he passionately feels that like no one else. There is nothing else on the planet that gives you that rush that WWE gives you when you’re standing in the centre of that ring, and I know he knows that.
So, I know somewhere deep inside of him is that burning thing to go I gotta feel that one more time? Gotta get in there one more time, because that clock is ticking. He looks like a million bucks, but believe me, you look as good as you are, you hit that canvas and stuff starts falling off that isn’t supposed to fall off you. You know, it’s a tough business. The clock is ticking. So, if there’s a time it is becoming now, and I know that there’s a burning desire for him to take advantage of that time. It’s just a matter of can he harness all the other things to focus on that long enough to for us to get it done? You know, it’s up to him. The platform is certainly there.”
While The Rock certainly has a very happy and lucrative life in Hollywood, Triple H believes that regardless of Rock’s current situation on the big screen, nothing truly compares to the thrill of competing inside of a WWE ring, especially at WrestleMania:
“WrestleMania, LA, two nights, we’ve already got 90 plus thousand I believe. Yeah, the tribal chief is sitting there waiting for him or anybody else that he wants to write. It’s magic, magic, magic of the highest of levels in the city that he has become in some manner king of right, and to have that experience one more time. I know that’s got to be burning a hole in him. I know that’s got to be a desire. It’s just what else? What other things does he need to put aside, and can he make this all work? Because he’s juggling a lot. So hopefully, the answer is yes, I would love to see nothing more. But we’ll see. So to quote you again. I’m saying there’s a chance.”
While the world awaits The Rock’s possible return to WWE, Triple H will produce his first true premium live event in charge of WWE creative when Roman Reigns defends his Undisputed WWE Universal Championship against Drew McIntyre, this weekend at Clash At The Castle.
An InsideTheRopes exclusive interview with Reigns’ challenger for Clash At The Castle, Drew McIntyre, can be found by clicking here.
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