On Wednesday, WWE fans around the world began flocking to the Internet in search of information regarding Tuesday evening’s WWE SmackDown taping in San Diego, California. The WWE Universe was eager to learn if The Rock would also be turning up on WWE SmackDown on this Friday’s show.
Although The Rock wasn’t on hand for SmackDown’s taping, the rush of fans to the web in search of Rock-related news and information underscores the magnitude of Dwayne Johnson’s return to WWE programming 48 hours ago on WWE Monday Night Raw. According to many WWE fans, the Rock’s return to the squared circle is both exhilarating and frustrating, as it isn’t yet clear what the Rock meant when he stated Monday that he “will never leave.”
* DOES THE ROCK REALLY PREFER MOVIES OVER WWE?
Is The Rock retuning to WWE programming on a recurring basis? Might he once again become a mainstay of weekly WWE television shows? More importantly, will he ever wrestle again?
This nagging questions are making some WWE fans pull out their hair this week, as the WWE Universe collectively holds its breath in anticipation of the next Rock appearance. At this time, however, despite a teased feud with John Cena, it doesn’t appear that Johnson will return to active in-ring competition.
* JOHN CENA REACTS TO THE ROCK’S WWE RETURN
Indeed, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has not only achieved contemporary box office superstar status, he’s done so with the traditional albatross of “former pro wrestler” around his neck. Just two short weeks ago, the Rock addressed for the first time – and at length – his true feelings with regard to his WWE past and future. And, unfortunately for the WWE Universe,it would appear that the WWE legend has effectively closed the door on the now-looming prospect of “one last match”
“To the Rock’s millions and millions…who will forever be my family,” Johnson began in a post on his Facebook page. “My honest and direct answer to you is this: I left the WWE because I had succeeded in accomplishing every goal I set to achieve.”
* THE ROCK PULLING TNA FANS BACK TO WWE
Dwayne Johnson, who hasn’t wrestled in WWE in nearly eight years, candidly answered the burning question of whether he will ever come back to the WWE – a prospect that became reality only two nights ago.
Of course I will..not a match though, but in a capacity that would allow me to do so much more.. I LOVE that company and the fans…without the two I would not be standing where I am today…
In the post, Dwayne Johnson effectively confirmed the suspicion many have possessed about the former WWE superstar – that he clearly prefers Hollywood to wrestling. Although this preference is certainly one Johnson is entitled to have, many WWE fans feel “burned” by Johnson’s decision to not wrestle.
* THE ROCK RETUNRS TO WWE RAW (RECAP)
Of course, as they say in the world of sports entertainment, anything is possible. And the Rock’s return to WWE this past Monday may effectively void any previous comments made, especially in light of the overwhelming reaction by the WWE Universe to the Rock’s unexpected WWE comeback.
Of course, if the Rock wants to wrestle, there’s no shortage of talent willing and ready to rumble with “The People’s Champion.”
On Tuesday morning, in fact, CM Punk mocked the Rock’s return on Twitter, saying: “Rock owes me fifty bucks for going 20 minutes past the hour, making me miss my valentines day reservations at Nobu.”
* DWAYNE JOHNSON MAY JOIN FUTURE X-MEN CAST
So if The Rock ultimately has “one last match” in him, with whom should the Rock tangle? The Miz? John Cena? CM Punk? Perhaps even The Undertaker?
Please weigh in with a thought or comment on the biggest burning question in all the WWE Universe today.