Hulk Hogan knows a thing or two about coming back to have a big match at WrestleMania, so he has given his thoughts on The Rock possibly doing that too.
It’s been an interesting week in the wrestling world with a lot of backstage news and other happenings, but The Rock’s recent comments about wrestling in WWE again certainly received a lot of attention.
While appearing on Pat McAfee’s ESPN/YouTube show, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson revealed that at one point his plans to wrestle Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 39 this past April were “locked in” but then it didn’t happen.
As for WrestleMania 40 next April in Philadelphia, The Rock told McAfee that he’s open to it.
“I’m saying that’s a potential too. I’m open, I’m open, but again, let’s figure out what that is because the fans deserve something just incredible, unprecedented, and not only that, but I also want to deliver to the locker room, to the boys and the girls back there working their a**es off. What can we do to put them in a position where they’re part of something that is a new change, a new era in this world of pro wrestling.”
The Rock is currently 51 years old and is in great shape, but his last real WWE match was over a decade ago at WrestleMania 29 in 2013. He did beat Erik Rowan in about eight seconds at WrestleMania 32 in 2016, but that was one Rock Bottom and The Rock didn’t take a bump.
One of The Rock’s most memorable matches ever was at WrestleMania 18 in 2002 when he defeated Hulk Hogan in front of one of the loudest crowds ever at Toronto’s Skydome. Hogan was actually 48 years old at the time of that match (he turned 49 in August), so if The Rock wrestles again he’ll be older than Hogan was.
Hulk Hogan would support The Rock wrestling again
If The Rock does decide to wrestle again, Hulk Hogan has told Sports Illustrated that he would love to see it. As Hogan discussed it, he noted that it’s clear that The Rock still loves pro wrestling.
“The Rock, he’s one of a kind. He’s on another level. That was noticeable right away. But one part stood out to me–and I thought it was very clear. Rock still has wrestling in his blood.”
Hogan continued by saying that if The Rock ever wrestled again, people would never forget it.
“That would be a moment for everyone. Not everyone was around, not even a lot of today’s stars, for the first WrestleMania with Mr. T and Liberace. Or to see me and Andre The Giant at WrestleMania III. But if Rock comes back, people will never forget it.”
“For all the people to see him come back, and see greatness right in front of us, it would be amazing. If The Rock comes back at WrestleMania, it will be a moment people will never forget.”
As he continued, Hulk Hogan wished good luck to anybody who tried to follow The Rock’s match.
“Rock’s in great shape, better than I was, and he is so smart inside the ring. It would be great to see him come back. It would be bigger than him, too. It’s something that would be significant for everyone in wrestling.”
“Even though he hasn’t wrestled in a while, if he goes out there, Rock is going to tear that place down. Good luck to anyone trying to follow that match.”
Recently, Hulk Hogan opened up about his current health at 70 years old and said he was hoping to avoid having an 11th back surgery.