Following on from the news that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson underwent surgery yesterday for injuries sustained during his WrestleMania 29 match with John Cena, one Hollywood heavyweight has stepped in to urge the star to stop wrestling.
Speaking to E! Online at the premiere of bodybuilding crime thriller Pain & Gain, which stars Johnson and Mark Wahlberg, director Michael Bay noted his star's absence from the event, and also offered him some interesting, and slightly scathing, career advice:
"Dwayne's hurt tonight," Bay told us on the red carpet. "He was pushing it too hard. [He] needs to grow up and stop wrestling 300 pound men."
Okay, so it might be easy to dismiss Bay's remarks as brash and ill-informed: Rock has wrestled only Cena and CM Punk in the last two months and neither weighs anything close to 300 pounds. And let's not forget, Bay made the atrocity that was Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The man obviously can't be trusted!
However, regardless of what we may think of him, Bay's comments are quite significant.
Mainly because they touch on something that has been discussed in wrestling circles since it came out just how badly hurt Rock was during the WrestleMania bout.
Will the star, who is heavily in demand in Hollywood, face pressure from movie folks to give up his WWE work for the sake of his health?
As I noted in a recent article Rock's wrestling duties could become a major hindrance to his successful acting career, especially since he's become so injury-prone in recent years. Notably, he tore his right hamstring in his first match with Cena at last year's WrestleMania.
Indeed, the star is about to film Brett Ratner's Hercules in May (via WrestlingInc) and who knows how this recent surgery and rehab will impact on that. And just consider what a highly physical role Hercules will be.
Is Michael Bay right? Is it time for Rock to step away from wrestling?
Update: The following statement was just issued on Bay's official site:
Wrestling fans, it was a joke said on Entertainment Tonight–with a laugh. You can see the clip for yourselves. The most important person to see the on air joke was Dwayne. I love seeing The Rock wrestle. I hope he wrestles 10 more years. I joked on air because Dwayne was not at our LA premiere due to his injury.