Game Plan: A Design for The Rock's Return to the Squared Circle

Micheal Robinson@nyyrobinsonSenior Analyst IIMarch 20, 2011

Graphic by Micheal Robinson (Bleacher Report)
Graphic by Micheal Robinson (Bleacher Report)

Last month, on Valentines Day, The Rock returned to the WWE.

The Rock came back to be the host of Wrestlemania 27 in Atlanta, but more is being revealed in the weeks since he has returned.

Firstly, The Rock stated on the night of his return, "I am back in the middle of this ring because of you.  When I left the WWE seven years ago, I dreamed big and you guys dreamed big with me.... I want to take this moment to tell you, thank you, I love you, and it is because of you I am back in this ring, and I give you my word, I am never, ever, going away."

The Rock then responded to John Cena's 2008 tabloid comments towards The Rock, in which Cena claimed Rock didn't really love the WWE anymore.

This set off a chain reaction of events that has led to a back and forth Cena-Rock feud headed towards WrestleMania.  The only problem, The Rock isn't an active wrestler and The Miz is defending his WWE Championship against Cena.

I knew The Rock would return one day, but in this capacity and magnitude, never in my wildest dreams did I see it possible.

The latest issue of WWE Magazine has dropped, and The Rock is on the cover.  Inside, The Rock has revealed even more towards his return to the WWE.

When asked if he still owns his ring gear he used to perform in, The Rock responded: 

"I still own it all. It's still with me in my house. It was never going away because I knew I would one day use it again."

The Rock was then asked the ultimate question, a question he has heard time and time again, that always got the same response, until now.  The Rock elaborated further this time, when he was asked about returning to the ring to wrestle:

"Making movies is something that I love to do, and I know that it brings a lot of people joy, which in turn brings me and my soul great gratification. Being in the ring and entertaining the audience and kicking ass physically brings me and my soul great gratification as well. I can guarantee that I can always do both.

Wow.  That is all I could think about when I read this.

With that being said, will The Rock wrestle again?  I think so.  I believe anything can happen at this point.

Let's look at it this way, The Rock could of been inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame years and years ago, but instead, he was put way like an old box of baseball cards that gained value over the years.

With a return to the ring, the WWE could do some amazing things.

One of those things they could do, doesn't involve John Cena, and I will elaborate on that at the end of this article.

First off, you have the WrestleMania 27 hosting gig to get out of the way.

The Rock is scheduled to appear on WWE Raw, just one week before WrestleMania from Chicago, and he is going to be in-house, live.

This could be used to reveal The Rock as a special guest referee or special enforcer to the main event, which I believe, needs to be done.

A swerve is always possible, but it seems like Miz could retain at WrestleMania on The Rock's behalf, getting involved, and costing Cenation their 10th World Championship.

You would immediately think of a Rock/Cena match, and I agree.  However, I don't see it happening at WrestleMania 27, or 28 for that matter.  I have other plans for WrestleMania 28.

For the third year in a row, Summerslam will return to the Staples Center, in hot and gorgeous Los Angeles, CA.

Summerslam is where I think you should have the epic Cena-Rock encounter finally come to reality.

In the movie world, where The Rock will also still be living in, he is currently rumored for a lead role in a movie called "Kamile" or "Loyal Blue" that could start filming in the late summer/early fall of 2011, but this is just a rumored movie as of now.

On top of that, it seems he has just started filming a lead role in a movie called Arabian Nights.

The Rock has already wrapped up filming of Fast Five and Journey 2.

Needless to say, we can't expect The Rock to perform on a regular basis, but he could very well stick around, and poke his head into the WWE door during bigger events.

The Rock could have a team at Survivor Series, to face a team set up by Cena or Miz, which could go either way.  I wouldn't mind seeing The Rock gather up some troops in the event he made his debut at 15 years ago.

An entry into the Royal Rumble isn't out of the question, as he could join an elite group of wrestlers who have won more than one Rumble: Shawn Michaels (2), Hulk Hogan (2), Stone Cold Steve Austin (3). Wouldn't that be something?

The Rock won his only Royal Rumble 11 years ago in New York at the historic Madison Square Garden.

Then, of course, you have WrestleMania.

Next year, a perfect stage is set up for The Rock to perform on the biggest platform in wrestling, in his hometown of Miami.

Let is just an historic streak is still in tact, and I believe it will be, another opponent will be needed for this streak.

Who could possibly top Shawn Michaels and Triple H as legendary wrestlers who have tried to end the WrestleMania streak?

Easy, The Rock.

The Rock against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 28, Deadman vs. Brahma Bull, The Streak vs. The People.

No lie, it gives me chills, just thinking about this possible encounter, as The Undertaker tries to go for 20-0, with The Rock standing in his way.

The fact that I am this excited about it, and it is still a year away from happening, if it were to happen, speaks volumes on how special this match would be.

I just don't think you can hold off and stall on a match with Cena and The Rock at WrestleMania 28, with how hot their feud is now in 2011.  Summerslam seems like a nice home for that match to me.

Regardless of what happens with The Rock's career to this point, I am just glad he is back and has set the record straight with the fans, stating his love for the wrestling business is endless, and he is never going way.

At 38 years old, and in amazing shape, a good couple of years, or one good year is definitely left in The Rock's system and the possibilities and match opportunities are endless.

To further the reality of The Rock's return to the ring, you have to look at his last match, a loss at WrestleMania XX, losing in a tag match with Mick Foley against Randy Orton, Ric Flair and Batista, isn't exactly what you would call a nice send off.

Follow me on Twitter, @nyyrobinson.  I would also like to take this time to thank all of my supporters on Bleacher Report, my Bleacher Peeps are like family to me, and I appreciate all of you greatly.  I will be ringside at WrestleMania 27. I plan on recapping the event the next day and posting several photos on here, so stay locked in for that.


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