Update On The Rock’s Status For WWE WrestleMania 39 – In the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer provided an update on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s status for WrestleMania 39.
Meltzer wrote that, unless Johnson changes his mind in the next few days, Johnson has indicated that he won’t have time to get into the kind of shape he feels he needs to be in for a main event match against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 39. Meltzer noted that Johnson has kept the door open for something in the future.
“Of course it is a possibility that it’s something being kept a secret from everyone,” Meltzer added.
The report also states that, while Meltzer doesn’t know that Johnson has officially turned down wrestling at WrestleMania 39, the indication is that it’s considered less likely than a few months ago.
Those close to the situation have noted WWE coming out with new Rock merchandise, but said that is more related to the 30th anniversary of Raw. We were told that unless he changes his mind in the next few days, since a deadline for Mania plans is coming, that he’s indicated he won’t have time to get into the kind of shape he feels he needs to be in to do a main event match with Roman Reigns, but kept the door open for something in the future. Of course it is a possibility that it’s something being kept a secret from everyone. WWE has always had a backup direction this year given they were aware Johnson was not a sure thing for some time, and as time went on and he didn’t agree, felt the likelihood had lessened. I don’t know that he’s officially turned it down, but the only indication is that it was considered less likely than a few months ago. Johnson right now has different projects going on, most importantly the launching of the XFL which debuts the weekend of 2/18 and he will be very heavily involved with the promotion of the league. He had said he would need to have training time to be able to get in ring shape. So his decision comes down to his belief of having adequate time to prepare.
The WrestleMania 39 card will begin to take shape as this year’s Royal Rumble is held on Saturday, January 28.
WrestleMania 39 is taking place at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California on Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2.
Aside from a six-second match against Erick Rowan at WrestleMania 32, Johnson hasn’t wrestled since losing to John Cena in the main event of WrestleMania 29 in 2013.
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Update On The Rock’s Status For WWE WrestleMania 39