By now, everyone is aware that a severe injury kept The Rock off the post-WrestleMania 29 Raw show. However, Rock’s injury also played a role in keeping another Superstar off the show as well.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via WrestlingInc.com) reported that Brock Lesnar was scheduled to appear on the show to beat up Rock and set the table for a match at WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans. However, Rock had to return to Miami to begin treatment for the abdominal injuries he suffered in Sunday night’s loss to John Cena. So, according to the report, WWE opted to shelve that plan:
Lesnar was kept off RAW when word came that Rock wasn't going to be there because it's now the start of his new contract and he has very limited TV dates over the next year. WWE officials didn't want to waste a Rock or Brock appearance without something major happening.
Both Rock and Lesnar are scheduled to appear at next month’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view, so that show may possibly be the launching pad for any hype for the match.
The report says the Lesnar beatdown was Rock’s idea.
According to another Wrestling Observer Newsletter report (also via WrestlingInc.com), Rock suffered a hernia when Cena attempted his first Attitude Adjustment move on him. However, he insisted on continuing:
Rock continued to wrestle, and word is that the muscle continued to tear from his pelvis. By the time the match was over, both his abdominal and abductor muscle had torn completely off the pelvis.
During the match, Rock kept his pain fairly well hidden. After the match, though, he did appear to be moving very tentatively. By the time Rock went over to hug his family at ringside and walked up the ramp to stand beside Cena, the pain had begun to show on his face.
Rock was slated to begin filming Hercules later this month. The extent of his rehabilitation likely will affect that schedule.
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