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The Rock Talks Shield Attack; Becky Lynch Injury Update; WWE Rumors on Brandi Rhodes

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVAugust 17, 2022

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The Rock Tells Story About Getting Attacked By The Shield

During a discussion with former WWE writer Brian Gewirtz and current WWE Superstars Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch on Instagram Live on Tuesday, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson told a story about a memorable WWE segment in 2013.

The Rock recalled getting triple powerbombed by The Shield, which was comprised of Rollins, Dean Ambrose and his real-life cousin Roman Reigns. As a result of the attack, The Rock ended up bleeding out of his mouth.

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While talking about the confrontation, which occurred on the final episode of Raw before the 2013 Royal Rumble, The Rock remembered a humorous interaction that occurred (h/t Subhojeet Mukherjee of Ringside News):

"You know what was really cool? When The Shield attacked me before WrestleMania and powerbombed me, and I remember Seth โ€ฆ I was on Roman's shoulders. He threw me down so hard on that mat. Busted my blood vessels, blood started coming out of my mouth. Roman looked down and was like, 'You okay, Uso?' ... And as far as I can answer, Seth was like, 'Who gives a s--t,' and walks away."

Rollins noted that he didn't specifically remember saying that, but noted that a lot of things happen in the heat of the moment. Both he and The Rock had a laugh about it nonetheless.

The Rock went on to beat CM Punk for the WWE Championship at Royal Rumble 2013 before dropping it to John Cena at WrestleMania 29.

That marked The Rock's final true match in WWE, although there has been plenty of speculation regarding him getting back in the ring, perhaps as soon as WrestleMania 39 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, next year.

If that happens, it is widely expected that The Rock would face Reigns since Reigns is the face of WWE and has a built-in angle, as he and The Rock are family.

The Rock is one of the biggest stars in the world regardless of genre, so a match between him and Reigns at WrestleMania would unquestionably garner WWE a ton of mainstream attention.


Lynch Provides Positive Update on Shoulder Injury

Becky Lynch is remaining upbeat amid her recovery from a shoulder injury suffered during her loss to Raw women's champion Bianca Belair at SummerSlam last month.

Speaking to The Rock on Instagram Live (h/t Manik Aftab of ThirstyForNews.com), Lynch gave an encouraging update, saying: "It's healing up real quick, I'm feeling strong, I'm feeling good!"

Lynch appeared on the Raw after SummerSlam with her arm in a sling, and she was written off television when she was attacked backstage by the newly formed stable of Bayley, Dakota Kai and Iyo Sky.

WWE subsequently announced that she had a separated shoulder, which would keep her out for "several months."

No concrete timeframe was given for Lynch's return, so it is anyone's guess when The Man will be in action.

Triple H has seemingly placed extra emphasis on the women's division since taking over as head of WWE creative, and he would surely love to have one of the biggest female stars in wrestling at his disposal in Lynch.

At the same time, WWE isn't lacking for talent in the women's division, so it can afford to take a cautious approach with Lynch if need be.

Until she returns, the likes of Belair, Asuka, Alexa Bliss, Bayley, Kai and Sky are more than capable of doing the heavy lifting on Raw.

Getting Lynch back by Survivor Series in November would provide WWE with a huge boost, but if that isn't possible, saving her for a surprise return in the Royal Rumble in January would perhaps be the best course of action.


Brandi Rhodes Possibly Training for In-Ring Return

Brandi Rhodes has reportedly been getting in some work at the WWE Performance Center, perhaps in preparation for an in-ring return.

According to PWInsider.com's Mike Johnson, Rhodes wrestled at an in-house live event at the Performance Center on Friday. Johnson noted that NXT regularly holds in-house shows that are closed to the public in order to help developmental talent improve.

Fightful Select (h/t Andre Porter of Ringside News), confirmed the report and noted that Rhodes had been seen working out at the Performance Center previously as well.

Neither Fightful nor PWInsider.com was able to confirm that Rhodes signed a contract with WWE, but PWInsider.com reported that she is not listed on NXT's internal roster.

Rhodes was in AEW with her husband, Cody Rhodes, from its inception until they both left the company last year.

Brandi both wrestled and served as Cody's manager in AEW, although she stopped wrestling once she got pregnant in 2020 and only had a handful of matches after giving birth.

Cody returned to WWE in April as a surprise opponent at WrestleMania 38, and he beat Rollins in two additional pay-per-view matches, however, he is currently on the shelf with a torn pectoral muscle.

Brandi has not appeared on WWE programming with Cody, and it isn't known if there are any plans to pair them up once Cody returns from injury.

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