WWE Rumors: Is the Rock Returning Full-Time in 2013?

TJ Nagy@@tj_nagyAnalyst IIINovember 7, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
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Big plans are in store for the Brahma Bull. 

The Rock's return at the Royal Rumble is right around the corner and with only a couple short months before then, the WWE may be planning to push its star attraction even harder than it has in the recent past.  

According to lordsofpain.net, Dwayne Johnson may be on a typical WWE schedule when he comes back in early 2013. 

Obligations in Hollywood in the past have forced The Rock to make more sporadic appearances since his return in 2011. But now that the plan is apparently to make him the focal point of the company again, expect to see a lot more of The Great One leading up to WrestleMania and possibly beyond. 

In addition, like many of us already figured, those within the company are expecting The Rock to face CM Punk at the Rumble for the WWE title, probably ending Punk's 400-plus day title reign in process. 

Personally, I think it'll be interesting to see if The Rock does show up every single week on Raw once he returns. If he does take the title away from Punk in January, it'll be a guarantee that he'll be around every Monday Night. It would be just plain stupid for the WWE to take the title off of television week after week.

With that in mind, it'll also be intriguing to see how quickly Monday Night Raw turns into the Dwayne Johnson Show.

We all know that The Rock is a beloved fan favorite, but how badly will his presence affect the rest of the three-hour show? Who's going to care about watching some of the up-and-comers when The Rock is in the building every night?

Better yet, what is going to happen to the WWE brand after WrestleMania if and when The Rock goes away again on an extended vacation? 

We'll just have to wait and see how all of this plays out, but putting quality guys like Cena and Punk on the back burner for possibly four whole months seems a bit risky. Plus, major pushes for guys like Ryback will probably disappear as well. 

Either way, The Rock's return is coming, and if the WWE is planning to make an impact, it definitely is calling on the right man. Hopefully, his return won't be at the expense of the rest of talent.