Let the speculation begin! Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has apparently been spotted in New York City, and with WWE Monday Night RAW emanating tonight from Brooklyn, wrestling fans are at least entertaining the idea of possibly seeing “The People’s Champion” appear on the show.
The Rock has not been seen in a WWE ring since his cameo appearance back in April for WrestleMania XXX at the Superdome in New Orleans. Johnson appeared alongside fellow WWE Legends Hulk Hogan and Stone Cold Steve Austin to open the show.
An appearance by The Rock on tonight’s RAW would be momentous. It’s been six months since WWE fans have heard from “The Great One,” and seeing him would definitely help pad a show that’s currently trying to find a new groove with the part-time schedule of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar.
Of course, rumors have also been swirling for quite some time that WWE has been considering a potential Brock/Rock match at WrestleMania 31, should The Rock decide to return for another brief run. Such a match would be a rematch 12 years in the making, as their last meeting was at SummerSlam back in 2002, where Lesnar emphatically unseated The Rock for the Undisputed WWE Championship.
Such plans seem far less likely now, with talk of having rising WWE star Roman Reigns face Lesnar at WrestleMania 31 for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship but, as usual with WWE, anything can happen.
Brock vs Rock 2 would definitely be a money match for WrestleMania, should WWE choose to go forward with that. If that’s the direction WWE wants to pursue, the seeds could be planted tonight with a confrontation between the two WWE megastars. Even if WWE decides against doing a Lesnar/Rock match at this year’s WrestleMania, a face-to-face between the two could be a good way to test the waters to see if it’s something WWE fans want to see.
Lesnar vs The Rock would mean seeing yet another WrestleMania headlined, in part, by a match between part-timers, something WWE has been heavily criticized for in recent years. But if Lesnar is going to be scarce until Royal Rumble time in January, teasing a feud between the Champion and The Rock could be a decent way to hold fans over in the coming months.
WWE will undoubtedly struggle with building a compelling TV product without their WWE World Heavyweight Champion, so high-profile appearances by legends like The Rock and possibly Stone Cold Steve Austin would go a long way in placating a fan base that is used to seeing the World Champion appear and defend his title monthly.