Dwayne Johnson Says He’s Open to WWE Comeback – Dwayne Johnson, who hasn’t been a regular WWE wrestler for almost a decade, expressed his interest in returning to the ring. During a recent interview on The Pat McAfee Show, the 51-year-old Fast & Furious actor disclosed that he had discussions with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon about a potential match against his real-life cousin, Roman Reigns, at WrestleMania 39 last April.
Unfortunately, those plans fell through, and the much-anticipated showdown was delayed. Johnson hinted that the match might still occur at WrestleMania 40 next April. “There’s WrestleMania in Philadelphia, I’m saying that that’s a potential too, so I’m open,” Johnson told McAfee. ‘But again, let’s figure out what that is because the fans deserve something just incredible and unprecedented.”
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“And not only that, I always want to deliver to the locker room, and the boys and the girls back there that are working their asses off. What can we do that can put them in position to be a part of something that is a new change and era in this world of pro wrestling?” The wrestler-turned-actor, aged 51, expressed that his primary concern isn’t the risk of injury but rather ensuring that he delivers an unforgettable match for the fans.
“Honestly brother, it’s not the injury that I’m concerned about because that’s just part of it,” he told McAfee. “It’s just part of the game you sign up for. You get hurt, we all get hurt. That’s just the way it is. It’s not even the schedule, because I can control the schedule to a large degree. Me going back to WWE and wrestling a match, it always comes down to the reason why and what can we create that’s never been done before for the fans.”
On that same evening, Johnson, accompanied by Pat McAfee, a former WWE broadcaster, made a surprising appearance on WWE SmackDown in Denver. Johnson took the audience by surprise when he entered the ring and engaged in a verbal exchange with WWE star Austin Theory. Later in the night, he had a face-off with John Cena. Johnson’s most recent wrestling stint was a brief, impromptu six-second match at WWE’s WrestleMania 32 event in 2016.
Prior to that, his previous WWE run lasted approximately three months leading up to WrestleMania 29 in 2013, during which he lost the WWE Heavyweight Championship to Cena. Dwayne Johnson, a former college and professional football player, embarked on his professional wrestling career in 1996, following the legacy of his father, Rocky Johnson, and his grandfather, Peter Maivia.
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Under the persona of “The Rock,” Johnson rose to prominence in WWE in the late 1990s and established himself as one of the company’s most accomplished stars, clinching 10 world championships during his illustrious career. Johnson has been open about how pro wrestling has impacted his and his family’s lives. Earlier this year, the actor told the Pivot Podcast that he had “seven bucks” to his name when he decided to try wrestling after getting cut from the Canadian Football League.