It’s no secret that WWE wants to do a Brock Lesnar vs. The Rock rematch from SummerSlam 2002, where Lesnar defeated “The Great One” to win his first WWE Championship, and — at the age of 25 — Lesnar became the youngest WWE Champion in history. Now, with both Lesnar and The Rock being mega-draws, WWE is looking to have the two of them main-event next year’s WrestleMania in Dallas, Texas, where they’ll have a shot to set an all-time attendance record.
The Rock sat down with Chris Van Vliet last week to promote Furious 7, and Van Vliet asked The Rock what he would be doing on WrestleMania Sunday, and The Rock responded by saying “don’t worry about it” as he laughed. Before Van Vliet asked The Rock to share his plans for Sunday night, he asked him about possibly facing Brock Lesnar at next year’s WrestleMania, and The Rock responded by saying that he would “love to face Brock Lesnar” in Dallas.
After WrestleMania 29, WWE wanted to set up a year long storyline with The Rock and Brock Lesnar that would lead to a match between the two at WrestleMania 30. Unfortunately The Rock was seriously injured in his match with John Cena, so WWE couldn’t shoot the angle the following night as they originally planned.
In the buildup to Brock Lesnar’s match with Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman mentioned on several occasions that The Rock never came back for revenge against Brock Lesnar after The Beast took him out back in 2002. Lesnar’s always talkative manager was obviously doing his best to hype a match between the two at some point in the future, and now that Lesnar has decided to stay with WWE for the next three years, there’s a good chance of it happening.
It’s become apparent that Brock Lesnar is going to be a mega-babyface this Sunday, and if The Rock were to cost Brock Lesnar the title, there’s a good chance that the fans will turn on The Rock. WWE wants Lesnar to have a babyface run, and the story line could include him working as a babyface against a heel Rock next year. The Rock has a ready-made angle for changing sides by using the fans loudly booing him and Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble as his excuse to go heel.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer has reported that WWE’s plan as of right now is to have The Rock face Brock Lesnar at next year’s WrestleMania, and the feud could begin this Sunday night.
The odds — as of right now — favor Roman Reigns at WrestleMania. The most predicted outcome is that Paul Heyman will turn on Lesnar and assist Reigns in winning the championship. But, if The Rock shows up, then he’ll likely be the one who helps Reigns win the gold.
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