WWE News: The Rock's Extreme Rules Status Revealed

Gone Baby GoneContributerFebruary 28, 2013

Courtesy WWE.com
Courtesy WWE.com

Its disclosure time again. If you are not a fan of spoilers, there is no need to read any further.

Especially if you are looking forward to all that WWE has in store for WrestleMania and beyond.

All right, now with that out of the way, it's time to get down to business.

Big news from the WWE pay-per-view front, as it appears that current WWE champ The Rock will not be partaking in this year’s Extreme Rules event.

According to F4WOnline.com (via WrestleZone.com):

Although WWE had previously been advertising The Rock for its Extreme Rules PPV following WrestleMania, F4WOnline.com is reporting that according to The Rock, he will be in Europe during that time filming "Hercules." Furthermore, the arena hosting Extreme Rules and WWE are no longer advertising The Rock for the event.

To me, this can only mean that The Rock will be dropping the title to John Cena at WrestleMania 29. Let's face it, there is no way the WWE can promote a post-'Mania pay-per-view and not have its champion headlining the event.

Overall, this shouldn't really surprise anyone, as The Rock's IMDB page has him listed for several films either in production or being released in 2013. Ultimately, I would anticipate "The Great One" to have a similar schedule to the one he had in 2012.

The fact is, he is definitely an asset for the company, but he will probably never be a full-time wrestler ever again. Don't get me wrong, it would be great to see him back on a regular schedule. However, he has clearly outgrown the company and has transitioned himself into a larger than life celebrity.

In the end, this is not terrible news, especially considering that Cena has been without the title for close to two years now and could stand another run. Keep in mind, I am not a part of Cenation, I am just a fan that wants to see Cena transition his career and start putting over some of the WWE's younger talent.

Ultimately, the only way he can truly do that is if he is holding the WWE title.