A WWE return may not be in the cards for the busiest man in show business right now, but The Rock hasn't shut the door on having another match at some point.
During an interview with Michelle Beadle of ESPN's SportsNation, The Rock discussed his potential desire to wrestle again as well as plans for a feud with Brock Lesnar that fell through after WrestleMania XXIX.
According to The Rock, an injury suffered in his match against John Cena at WrestleMania XXIX derailed things, but it hasn't necessarily deterred him from coming back eventually.
I would love to wrestle another match again. I got hurt at WrestleMania (XXIX) and the plan was the very next night on Raw I was going to start a very long feud with Brock Lesnar. Unfortunately I got hurt and I had to go home and get MRIs the next day and found out I tore two tendons in my pelvis in the match against John (Cena). Plans for me and Brock were put on hold. WrestleMania XXX one of the main events was going to be Rock vs. Brock Part II and if that had gone well we were possibly thinking about WrestleMania (XXXI) in San Francisco.
In addition to that, The Rock revealed that he has had discussions with WWE chairman Vince McMahon regarding his in-ring future. The People's Champion made it clear that a return is partially contingent upon finding an opponent with enough star power.
There's other plans for Brock right now and getting back in the ring right now I've been talking to Vince about the idea. It's one of those things where you just gotta figure out what opponent would make sense; what opponent would actually have the marquee matchup value as either a John Cena or a Brock Lesnar.
Although The Rock didn't commit to anyone, he did mention Bray Wyatt and his cousin—Roman Reigns—as two younger Superstars who are being built to superstardom.
Among those who believe that there are plenty of good options on the table for The Rock when he does decide to return is Scott Fishman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel:
There is no question that The Rock vs. Lesnar would sell in a big way, but that encounter may not be possible over the next year. The belief is that Lesnar is likely to challenge and beat Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam.
He could then go on to face any number of different opponents at WrestleMania, including Cena, Daniel Bryan, Roman Reigns or a host of others. When it comes to Lesnar, it just doesn't seem like The Rock is a viable option in the immediate future.
If The Rock does return to WWE, who should be his next opponent?
Even if The Rock doesn't return by WrestleMania XXXI, though, perhaps WrestleMania XXXII is a possibility. Lesnar may be open for business by then or another star could potentially be ready to face him.
Reigns would be a natural fit since he is related to The Rock and being groomed as a top star. Going up against The Rock on the grandest stage of them all would unquestionably cement Reigns' status as one of the top guys in the business.
It is difficult to look too far in future and make predictions with any type of accuracy in professional wrestling, but the fact that The Rock is still receptive to getting in the ring is a great sign for WWE and its fans.
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