WWE is officially on the Road to WrestleMania and every year around this time, speculation begins among fans as to which legends will make a comeback on the ‘Grandest Stage of Them All’.
There aren’t many bigger names in the WWE ecosystem than Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. The wrestler-turned-actor has only made sporadic appearances within sports entertainment since his feud with John Cena in the early 2010s, but Roman Reigns’ subsequent rise to the top of the company has led to hopes of a dream match with his fellow half-Samoan star.
Johnson starred in two huge movies in 2019 – Hobbs & Shaw and Jumanji: The Next Level – and he will also feature in Jungle Cruise which is set for release in the summer of 2021.
Despite a flourishing Hollywood career, Johnson has made time for the WWE in recent years, most recently in October 2019 on SmackDown’s 20th Anniversary.
Of course, a full-time return, or even a prolonged run like he had between 2011 and 2013, are highly unlikely, but a one-off program with Roman Reigns may not be beyond the realms of possibility.
In 2020, Johnson suggested that he would be open to working with Reigns. He said: The truth is I would be honored not only to share the ring with Roman and to go back to WWE, but of course I would be honoured to have him raise his hand on that one.”
While Reigns currently holds the Universal Championship, he has indicated that WrestleMania 39, two years from now, might be the best time for him to face The Rock.
When asked about The Rock in January, Reigns told Fox Sports: “We’ll go to Hollywood for [WrestleMania] 39, and I think it just makes sense. He’s the biggest box office attraction for the big screen. So, to be able to take that and match it up with the biggest box office attraction in sports entertainment, I think some magic would be made.”
WWE wants fans to be in attendance for this year’s WrestleMania, but it would not be a full stadium in Tampa, and it would perhaps be a waste of such a matchup.
Instead, Reigns may have to defend his title against another legend and the Royal Rumble winner, Edge. By emerging victorious on January 31st, the Hall of Famer earned the right to face a champion of his choosing at WrestleMania and therefore must choose between Reigns and the WWE Champion, Drew McIntyre.
The betting websites had Seth Rollins as the favorite to win the Royal Rumble before the event, so he may find himself in a title match, while Daniel Bryan is also expected to be in a significant match as he reaches the twilight of his career.
John Cena looks set to miss WrestleMania, and with The Undertaker also retired, there appear to be opportunities for the up and coming talent to play bigger roles higher up the card – at least more so than in previous years.