Although Roman Reigns vs. The Rock has been heavily rumoured for WrestleMania 39, Ric Flair is firmly of the belief that the latter won’t return to lose to his cousin.
As of this writing, there are no current matches confirmed for WrestleMania 39, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2. Emanating from SoFi Stadium, one night of the double-header is expected to feature Roman Reigns going one-on-one with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, whether for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship or not.
Online wrestling discourse has attempted to piece together the puzzle that determines whether ‘The Brahma Bull’ is on his way back to the sports entertainment giant or not. If he were to come back, it would mark his first physical appearance since Friday Night SmackDown’s debut on FOX in October 2019. He hasn’t wrestled, however, since WrestleMania 32, besting Erick Rowan in a quick impromptu contest.
Speaking on his To Be The Man podcast, Ric Flair discussed the possibility of the match happening. The two-time WWE Hall of Famer doesn’t envision the contest happening, believing that if The Rock was to make a triumphant return to WWE, he wouldn’t do so just to lose:
“I don’t think personally it’s a given that The Rock’s going to do it. I think, and as much as he might respect Roman, I’m sure they do, all those guys, it’s a brotherhood like no other. I don’t think The Rock would come back and do a favour, why would he? Tomorrow morning, he goes back to his acting career with a loss? I don’t think so. I don’t see that happening.
And it would do the company no good to put the belt on The Rock because he’s not going to be a full-time wrestler ever again. So I’ve said before, if The Rock happens, that’s great. If it doesn’t, I would like [it] to be Cody Rhodes [who defeats Roman Reigns].”
Roman Reigns recently surpassed 800 days as WWE Universal Champion, the longest in the title’s six-year history. He most recently defended the title against Logan Paul at WWE Crown Jewel on November 5, defeating the social media superstar with a Spear.