Wrestlemania season is rapidly approaching and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s preference for his rumored match with either Brock Lesnar or Triple H at Wrestlemania 32 has been revealed, per Daily Wrestling News.
Johnson, 43, last made a televised WWE appearance at Wrestlemania 31 earlier this year. During that appearance, he confronted both Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. But “The Great One” was not alone, as he was joined by UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. The aftermath saw several rumors regarding all four individuals rekindling this feud in some form next year.
However, the undefeated Rousey did not seem to rule out an appearance. During a Q&A session in Australia, Rousey confirmed that she will be filming a movie but left the door open for a potential appearance, per FOX Sports.
“I would love to but I’m going to be in Jakarta filming my movie. If I was really going to be there, would you want to know or would you want to be surprised? I think a real wrestling fan would want to be surprised.”
The movie that Rousey will be filming is called Mile 22, which will also co-star Oscar Nominee Mark Wahlberg. The movie itself isn’t the reason for Rousey not being able to appear, it’s where the movie will be filmed that could be an issue. For the first half of 2016, the movie is set to be filmed in Jakarta, Indonesia.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 30, 2015
Even if Rousey does appear on the show, her role is still up in the air. Since she is currently under contract to UFC and a champion within the company, they will likely not want her to actually wrestle a match. UFC president Dana White told The Fight Network that Rousey’s involvement with WWE was a one-time deal, via Bloody Elbow.
“What she did on Wrestlemania was awesome. It was awesome, it came off great and I loved it. Uhm… she’s a one and done.”
White was also asked if Rousey would be allowed to wrestle in WWE, to which he replied, “No.” Even if Rousey does not wrestle, the report mentions that UFC will likely not deny Rousey if all she wants to do is appear in Johnson’s corner at Wrestlemania 32. Also, she does not have to wrestle to get physically involved — that was evidenced by her judo throw on Triple H and armbar on Stephanie McMahon at Wrestlemania 31.
Aside from Triple H, the other opponent who has been rumored to face Johnson at the big event is “The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar. The match has been in WWE’s plans for a long time and was originally scheduled for Wrestlemania 30. But an injury during Johnson’s match with John Cena at Wrestlemania 29 canceled those plans.
Between Vince, Brock & myself our Wrestlemania 30 plan was ROCK vs BROCK. No plans now for 30 but possibly WM 31. #RockTalk @_JordanMayoral
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 31, 2013
Since their first-and-only encounter at SummerSlam in 2002, Johnson and Lesnar have not wrestled each other in a one-on-one match again. Also, with WWE looking to fill the 100,000 seat AT&T Stadium in Arlington,Texas, utilizing the two biggest mainstream names that company has will likely help WWE with that venture.
Also, in news related to Johnson’s Wrestlemania 32 status, the Inquisitr recently reported that Vince McMahon wants to get The Rock on WWE television “as soon as possible.”
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