Update on the Rock and WWE, Is the Lesnar Match Still On?

Sharon GlencrossContributor IMay 1, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
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Following his recent surgery for the injuries he sustained during his WrestleMania 29 match against John Cena, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's WWE career appears to be up in the air.

As I noted earlier this week, it's hard to believe Hollywood executives will continue to be supportive of Rock's wrestling career on the side if it continues to jeopardize his movie roles.

There is also his age (he's 40) and his litany of injuries to consider. Sure, Rock may love the wrestling business—why else would he continually come back?—but at some point he has to consider whether the physical wear and tear is worth it.

Unsurprisingly, there has been speculation that Rock's wrestling career is now done, something the actor himself even acknowledged in a recent interview with Pete Rosenberg (he later emphasized this again in a fan Q&A session on his official Twitter account).

But is he really finished with wrestling?

Well, in this week's (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer offered an update on the issue, noting that WWE was under the impression that Rock is not retired:

For what it's worth, very few in the company believe Rock is done with wrestling because they still plug his twitter stuff every week on TV and pushed so strong his movie box office from the past week. I was told if they thought he was done, they would never do that.

And as for the much-rumored Brock Lesnar vs. The Rock main event at next year's WrestleMania 30 event? Well, apparently WWE thinks that is still on too:

The reports are Vince McMahon believes Rock vs. Lesnar is still the Mania main event, with the idea of shooting the angle several months down the line, perhaps in October when they do the Hell in a Cell PPV in Miami

Of course it's worth noting that just because Vince McMahon believes something doesn't make it so. Considering Rock's physical state—the man seemingly can't go a match any more without getting injured—as well as his Hollywood commitments, the company will hopefully have a backup plan for next year, just in case.