A top WWE star won’t be taking a backward step if The Rock returns for WrestleMania 40.
WrestleMania might be months away, with numerous big events between now and the spectacular in Philadelphia, but fan attention is already turning to the main event.
At WrestleMania 39, Cody Rhodes was expected to win the Undisputed Universal Title by defeating Roman Reigns, however, on the night it was the Tribal Chief who got the win. It was believed the pair would run it back a year later, and this time Rhodes would finish his story.
While this is the most logical storyline, the elephant in the room is The Rock. The Great One confirmed in September that he was in talks to wrestle Reigns at WrestleMania 39, and has left the door open to compete at WrestleMania 40. Although a recent report suggested The Rock isn’t scheduled to wrestle on the show.
Speaking on Busted Open Radio, Rhodes addressed the speculation that the WWE legend could take his WrestleMania spot. The American Nightmare said it would be great to have Rock at WrestleMania, he’s not going to flinch if he comes back, and holds no fear that he’ll be taking his spot.
“Nobody has asked me about The Rock. I think they’re scared to ask me or they don’t want to be rude. I’ll say this about The Rock. Coming on Pat’s show [The Pat McAfee Show], which I was watching live because I love Pat and then SmackDown.
The Rock did for sports entertainment so much, and continues to do so much by being the biggest star in Hollywood, that I’m able to be at the level that I’m at because I can stand on shoulders like those of The Rock’s. He could have come on there and run me down and I would still have the highest respect for The Great One. He’s honestly a model superstar for anyone who wants to supersede expectations.
With that said, no matter what he said, anyone who asked me or confronted me on it. I’m not flinching. I’m not flinching. I feel if The Rock and I were in the same room, he would expect nothing less from me. If you think it’s somebody else, I’m going to do everything I can to make sure you know it’s me. That’s the same attitude The Rock had when he was climbing the ladder.
I don’t care who it is. If that happens to be The Rock. If it happens to be anybody. A wonderful superstar like LA Knight, a stellar performer like Sami Zayn. Line them up and I’m going to do everything I can to outrun them. I mean that with the utmost respect. I wasn’t shook at all by Rock’s big day out. What I would say is: not flinching.
If Rock is part of WrestleMania 40, that would be outstanding, it’s The Rock, but I don’t think he’ll be in my spot,
When Did The Rock Last Wrestle In WWE?
The Rock hasn’t wrestled a real match since being defeated by John Cena at WrestleMania 29 in 2013. However, he did beat Erick Rowan in an impromptu match at WrestleMania 32 in a matter of seconds.
H/t to Fightful