The Rock Talks Leaving WWE Raw and Whether WrestleMania Was His Last Match
Peter Rosenburg interviewed the former WWE champ and asked him about what happened that night, about whether his loss to John Cena was the final match of his career and what the plan was for him at WrestleMania 30.
Rumors rumbled on the Internet one day after WrestleMania 29 that The Rock had walked out on WWE. Various outlets including Examiner.com reported that The Rock was upset with the company and was nowhere to be found. The scene that many writers painted was one of WWE Raw's writers scrambling to recover from The Great One's shocking, unexpected exit.
Rock said to Rosenburg about those rumors, "That's so false."
He said that he "talked to Vince that night" and sounded disgusted and hurt by the accusations. "It's just now how I do business," he told Rosenburg.
It wasn't pride that kept The Rock from appearing on WWE Raw, but instead it was a hernia, torn adductor and torn abdominal muscle (h/t WrestlingInc.com) which kept him out of action.
It's a bad enough set of injuries that fans are wondering if we'll see The Rock in a ring again. It's not as if his livelihood depends on him performing in the ring since he is so established in the movie world. Furthermore, he is no longer a young man, so completing an arduous rehab process isn't a guarantee.
When asked whether his WrestleMania match with John Cena was his last, The Rock said, "Possibly."
He then started talking about the past, about the last three WrestleManias.
You know, the goal three years ago was, I sat down with Vince McMahon and we strategized about it, talked about three WrestleManias back-to-back, boom-boom-boom, and building to those. And, I committed myself to the company and I was very proud of that moment. Didn't matter if I lost or did the job or not. It was an honor to do the honors.
Fans might have expected a proclamation of a full recovery, that The Rock would put a boot to rehab's ass. Instead, he looked backward. Read as much or as little as you like into his answers, but it's clear that whether we'll be seeing The Brahma Bull at WrestleMania 30 or otherwise is an unsettled situation.
According to The Rock, his planned opponent for that event would have been Brock Lesnar. He said, "The original plan was possibly Brock and myself. Like, that was the next thing that made sense to me."
Rock fans will be waiting uneasily to see how his body heals. Perhaps he's in fighting shape come April next year and we get to see him battle Lesnar.
Even as long as he was gone from WWE, it's hard to imagine WrestleMania 29 being his last match. Could his last act in a WWE wrestling ring be taking an Attitude Adjustment and losing the WWE title, torn tendons and all? The Rock says it's possible.
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