Report: The Rock to Wrestle at WrestleMania Next Year?

Sharon GlencrossContributor IApril 11, 2014

Credit: WWE.com

With one major pay-per-view finished, it's now time for WWE management to look ahead to the next big show—SummerSlam.

Per Bryan Alvarez in this week's (subscribers-only) F4W Newsletter, a major matche is currently scheduled for the show. WrestleMania 31 is also apparently being planned too, with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson's name already being thrown around.

Penciled in at the moment: Roman Reigns vs. Triple H at SummerSlam and Brock Lesnar vs. The Rock or Cesaro at WrestleMania 31. Brock-Cesaro seems like such an obvious direction and such a perfect match to elevate Cesaro that it seems dumb not to do it. On top of that, with Rock being increasingly fragile and Undertaker being hurt in the "safe" version of a Lesnar match, I'm not sure it's a good idea for safety/The Rock's film insurance reasons.

Triple H vs. Roman Reigns sounds like an intriguing idea, and it seems like the natural culmination of the current Evolution vs. The Shield program taking place on WWE television right now.

After some early awkward and wooden performances, Reigns has been getting more and more comfortable in the babyface role, and a showdown with Triple H could likely be the thing that solidifies him as a main eventer.

Evolution vs. The Shield is now a top feud on television.
Evolution vs. The Shield is now a top feud on television.Credit: WWE.com

(Provided, of course, “The Game” agrees to put the up-and-comer over in a credible fashion. But considering how strong Triple H made Daniel Bryan look at WrestleMania XXX, this shouldn't be an issue.)

Lesnar vs. Cesaro at WrestleMania also sounds like a good idea, especially with manager Paul Heyman caught in the middle.

Lesnar...who will he face at SummerSlam?
Lesnar...who will he face at SummerSlam?Credit: WWE.com

As for a potential Rock return? Well, it would undoubtedly send buyrates through the roof and garner the company huge mainstream press—just like all the other times the star has wrestled.

But as Alvarez mentions, there is Rock's physical state to consider.

Rock's almost frightening litany of injuries following his main event clash with John Cena at last year's WrestleMania—in a basic, safe-looking match that honestly never came off as particularly stiff or hard-hitting—perhaps should have served as a sign to the Hercules star that his wrestling days might be well and truly behind him.