The Rock will headline WrestleMania 29 as the WWE Champion.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson came back at the Royal Rumble to win the title from CM Punk. Since then, he’s missed a few Monday Night Raw showings. He’s already missed two—not good for WrestleMania.
The Rock also doesn’t seem to be interested in the title. He missed a few showings for filming the TNT reality competition, The Hero. He also missed shows to promote Snatch and G.I. Joe: Retaliation. The Rock also stated he’d love to be in the next Star Wars film (according to news.com.au).
Does The Rock truly care about being the WWE Champion?
WWE fans don’t want to hear The Rock’s movie plans, especially this close to WrestleMania. It's not good business.
Yes, there is more to life than wrestling, but frankly, discussing other projects during WrestleMania season is an insult.
Celebrities should mention their projects when they’re promoting at WWE events. There should be no problem with actors plugging their upcoming films, unless the timing’s off.
It’s all in the timing. Everyone knows The Rock will make more movies to promote, as well as his upcoming reality show.
This is the same Rock who stated how much he cared for wrestling. This is the same Rock who revealed the new WWE Title belt. He said the WWE Title needed to be timeless and prestigious. Timeless is one thing, but the prestigious honor goes to a wrestler who holds that title and appears every single night.
The Rock’s prior commitments prevent him from doing so. Will his commitments cause him to be booed out of WrestleMania 29? It’s unlikely but far from impossible.
The Rock does care about being WWE Champion, and moreover, he respects the business. But we know he’s not a wrestler anymore; he’s an actor.
There’s nothing wrong with cross-promotion. But when you’re the WWE Champion, you should be focused on purely being the WWE Champion. The Rock still cares about wrestling, but let’s face it. He cares about other things too.