On Friday, the Inquisitr reported that WWE could be looking to have The Rock take on Brock Lesnar at next year’s WrestleMania at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Well, in an interview with USA Today, the wrestler-turned-actor said that he would love to go one-on-one with “The Beast” at next year’s WrestleMania.
“In Dallas? Possibly. There’s a lot of things that are up in the air. Lots of things are up in the air. We’ll see. I would love that remach.
“You want to create something that’s going to be sepcial, memorable, especially in Dallas at that stadium you have a shot at breaking the attendance record. It’s got to be special.”
The Rock and Brock Lesnar had their first and only match back in August of 2002 at SummerSlam. In that match, the WWE fans in attendance turned on The Rock and embraced Lesnar, as they knew that after the match, The Rock was going back to Hollywood. Lesnar — who was an undefeated rookie at the time — kept his undefeated streak alive, and won his first WWE Championship by defeating “The Great One.”
After WrestleMania 29 two years ago, WWE had plans for The Rock and Brock Lesnar to headline the following year’s WrestleMania 30, but unfortunately The Rock was badly injured in his match with John Cena at WrestleMania 29, and as a result, WWE wasn’t able to execute their plans for Rock vs. Brock 2.
As many people know, Brock Lesnar’s WWE contract is set to expire at the end of this month, and WWE will attempt to re-sign him this coming Monday at RAW in Los Angeles, California. If Lesnar doesn’t re-sign, the belief is that he’s going to give MMA another shot, whether it’s with the UFC or Bellator. There’s also a rumor that WWE is going to offer Lesnar less money than he’s earning now to re-sign, and if that’s the case, Lesnar will likely walk.
The Rock vs. Brock Lesnar happening at next year’s WrestleMania could be dependent on Lesnar re-signing with WWE this Monday night. If he doesn’t, and decides to fight for one or two more years before returning to WWE, we may never get to see The Rock vs. Brock rematch.
Regardless of whether or not Lesnar re-signs with WWE, it’s extremely likely that The Rock will have a match next year, as WWE is looking to shatter attendance records, and put nearly 100,000 people in AT&T Stadium next year, so that would be a nice feather in The Rock’s cap. Also, next year’s WrestleMania could see the return of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and it will likely be the host of The Undertaker’s retirement match.
The Rock also weighed in on Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar, and talked about whether or not Reigns is ready to be WWE Champion, and compared Reigns to himself in the mid-90s when the WWE fans turned on him.
“Ready to headline WrestleMania and then ready to be the champ are two different things. I think that he’s in a unique position. Pushed quickly, I was in that position before so I know what it’s like, but at the same time you either sink or swim. So you’ve got no choice but to be ready. Fans have expressed their displeasure in it, and that’s the greatest part about the WWE universe by the way, is that they’re so vocal and passionate about how they feel. I think he’s going to go out with Brock, and they’re going to put on a hell of a match.”
The Rock was in the ring at the Royal Rumble when the WWE fans decided to turn on Roman Reigns, and you could see the confusion on The Rock’s face when the booing began. Word is that The Rock was not happy about that reaction, but he can certainly relate to it, as WWE fans have turned their back on The Rock more than once.
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