WWE News: The Rock Leaving the Door 'Open' for Possible Return

Alex Tam@alexctamCorrespondent IIIAugust 2, 2013

Courtesy: WWE.com
Courtesy: WWE.com

The WWE Universe may not have seen the last of The Rock in the ring after all.

After having appeared in the last three WrestleManias, The Rock gave an interview to The Associated Press (h/t San Jose Mercury News) and talked about whether a return to WWE was in his future.

The eight-time WWE champion fueled the speculation on another possible comeback.

I'd like to leave it open. But if I'd never wrestle again, I'd be very content with that. Winning or losing never really mattered to me. The whole idea was to put on a great match. Got injured in that match. Still was able to walk out on my own, which I was more happy about. I don't know. We'll see.

It certainly doesn't sound like The Great One is ready to leave wrestling forever.

But there will definitely be some debate whether it's good for WWE business to devote a third straight main event to a John Cena vs. The Rock matchup. Their first bout was billed as "Once In a Lifetime" at WrestleMania 28 in Miami, Fla., which saw The Rock come away victorious.

Their rematch came one year later at WrestleMania 29 at MetLife Stadium this past April, which saw Cena avenge his previous loss and capture the WWE championship in the meantime.

Is a rubber match on the horizon?

Or should WWE go in a different direction if The Rock commits to another WrestleMania match? Speculation came in early July about discussions for a possible matchup with Brock Lesnar, according to WrestlingInc.com. Or WWE could go with another nostalgic match with The Rock renewing one of his past rivalries with either Triple H or Stone Cold Steve Austin.

But speculation will continue about Cena vs. The Rock III after both headlined and posed for photos at the WrestleMania 30 press conference to introduce New Orleans as the next host back in February (h/t The Times-Picayune). Gene Guillot of The Times-Picayune wrote a possible rematch between two of the biggest stars in WWE history would be a "distinct possibility."

One thing's for sure. The Rock can still be a main event draw at 41 years old and as a part-time sports entertainer after WrestleMania 29 became the company's highest grossing pay-per-view event in its history.

And the question may not be whether The Rock will return, but rather, who will he face in his comeback.