The Rock just headlined one of the biggest WrestleManias of all time but now finds himself in a precarious situation.
He tore his abdominal and abductor muscles and suffered a hernia (F4WOnline, via Wrestlinginc.com) during his match with John Cena at WrestleMania 29. According to Dave Meltzer, this is what led to his absence from Raw (Wrestling Observer Live, via Wrestlinginc.com).
As reported by F4Wonline, this could have serious implications on his immediate Hollywood plans:
"If he does need surgery, that would put off filming for his upcoming movie, Hercules, for the time being. The Rock was scheduled to leave shortly to Hungary and Croatia to film the movie, in which he is playing the title role. This is a big deal, as the movie is a major project co-produced by Paramount and MGM with Brett Ratner (The Rush Hour series, Tower Heist) slated to direct. It was scheduled to release during the key summer movie season of 2014. This more than explains the urgency of Rock wanting to get the injury checked out...There is also another Hercules movie in production, Hercules 3D, that was already planning to beat Ratner's movie into theatres by five months."
Dwayne Johnson has proven his passion for professional wrestling by returning to the ring.
However, don't expect Hollywood executives to compromise their projects so The Rock can entertain the millions.
As F4Wonline notes:
"This also will undoubtedly put pressure on The Rock to stop wrestling. The movie studios have big money riding on him with these projects, and there was always the fear of Rock getting injured during a match. Since he started getting lead roles in 2002, he had managed to stay injury free with his matches, which likely put execs at ease."
This injury can only be bad for The Rock's Hollywood career.
Even if it doesn't delay filming of Hercules, it's possible that other film companies will hesitate to sign him to major roles if there is a risk of his wrestling endeavors derailing film production.
Plus, even if The Rock doesn't have surgery, it's hard to imagine such a serious injury not hampering his acting or be a major bother on set for others.
What do you think; will The Rock give up wrestling for acting? Will this have a big impact on either his Hollywood or wrestling career? Let us know in the comments section below.
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