The Rock Was Approached For Legend’s Final Match
The Rock was the chosen opponent for a wrestling legend’s final match although it never came to fruition for a few reasons.
It has been about a decade since Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had a true wrestling match that was advertised and went a lengthy period of time. That was WrestleMania 29 in 2013 when he lost the WWE Title to John Cena.
Yes, The Rock did “wrestle” at WrestleMania 32 in 2016 as well, but that was just one move with a Rock Bottom on Erick Rowan to win the match. It was not advertised before the show.
For this year’s WrestleMania 39 event, The Rock was rumored for the show since it was announced to be at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. However, The Rock is not advertised to be on the show to face “cousin” Roman Reigns, but Rock could show up in some capacity.
One man that will definitely be around Los Angeles during WrestleMania 39 is The Great Muta, who will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on Friday, March 31st after Smackdown.
On Twitter, ESPN’s Marc Raimondi noted he got to interview and shared part of the conversation.
“I asked Muto about the report he was trying to get The Rock as his last match. He nodded and said, in English with a smile, “too expensive.” Muto is still not sure why WWE chose to induct him since he never stepped in a WWE ring before. Muto: “I was like, ‘What? Really? Why me?'”
The Great Muta went on to talk more about The Rock by noting that Rock got a popular move idea from watching Muta as shared by Raimondi.
“Muto on why The Rock: I met him before two or three times. He actually admitted that his People’s Elbow was a mimic of my move. So I asked him for royalties. But we were joking and he didn’t pay anything, but we really had a good conversation.”
It was also noted by Muta that Ric Flair will be the one to induct Muta into the WWE Hall of Fame with Muta saying he hasn’t seen Flair in more than 20 years. Muta said it will be “pure joy” when he sees Flair again.