It was announced on Monday afternoon — via The Rock’s Instagram account — that the former eight-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, The Rock, would be appearing at next spring’s WrestleMania 32, which will take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
It’s expected that WrestleMania 32 will set the all-time professional wrestling attendance record, and The Rock is, and has been for a while, interested in being a part of WWE’s record-breaking spring spectacular.
As for what The Rock’s role will be on the show, well, as of right now, that’s still up in the air. Up until recently, it was expected that The Rock would go one-on-one with Triple H, as a match between the two was teased several times over the last year, most notably at WrestleMania 31, which saw The Rock and former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey go face-to-face with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
Back in November, it was reported that The Rock notified WWE that he probably wouldn’t be able to wrestle at WrestleMania 32 due to an insurance issue, which forced WWE to change The Rock vs. Triple H match to Triple H vs. Seth Rollins, but then Rollins blew out his knee shortly thereafter, which has left Triple H, at least for the time being, without an opponent at WrestleMania 32.
Now, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, who originally reported that The Rock may not be able to wrestle due to an insurance issue, is reporting that The Rock may, in fact, end up wrestling on the show after all.
“The Rock may be doing a match. It was all an insurance thing that they were trying to work through, and I was told previously that, most likely, he wasn’t even going to be able to be there, because he was going to be filming a movie at the time. But clearly he’s been able to get time off from the movie. Will he do a match? That’s an insurance issue, and I know they wanted to work though that. But it’s got to be something pretty significant, because if it was something minor, they wouldn’t be publicizing it this far in advance, because it’s going to lead to a let-down if he’s not in something fairly significant. So, whatever red tape there was, he clearly cut through some of it.”
As Meltzer noted, it was previously thought that The Rock wouldn’t even be able to appear on the show, and if he was able to, it would be a surprise, much like it was at both WrestleMania 30 and WrestleMania 31.
The Rock has been at each of the last five WrestleMania events. In 2011, he hosted WrestleMania 27, which led to him facing John Cena at both WrestleMania 28 and WrestleMania 29. Then, in 2014, The Rock showed up as a surprise in the opening segment of WrestleMania 30, as he joined “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan in the middle of the ring.
After The Rock and Ronda Rousey took out Triple H and Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania 31, most expected that the former UFC champ and “The Great One” would team up in a mixed tag-team match to take on “The Game” and “The Billion Dollar Princess.” But, while WWE is still very much interested in having Rousey be on the show, it looks like Rousey won’t be able to appear on the show due to a scheduling conflict.
If The Rock does end up wrestling on the show, it’s very likely that he’ll end up wrestling Triple H, who was his original opponent. If he doesn’t, he’ll still probably end up doing something with Triple H, as a confrontation between the two at WrestleMania has been teased for quite some time.
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