Dwayne Johnson, better known to some as ‘The Rock, is one of the greatest wrestlers in the history of the WWE. He was the main attraction piece in the best era of the company and is loved by fans all over the world. And discussions have been taking place about a potential return. There is just one problem, he’s a Hollywood actor now.
In an article by the Hollywood Reporter released earlier today, it was said that The Rock hasn’t ruled out a return to the WWE ring. However, the event and paydays would have to equal or exceed that of his 2013 WrestleMania appearance in order to make it worth his while.
Star of the Silver Screen
Any and all possibilities of a return to the square circle will always be competing with his new career on the silver screen. Johnson has become an actual star in Hollywood, which is rare compared to the other former wrestlers that have gone before him in an effort to crack TinselTown.
He is a verified, but still admittedly under-rated, A-lister. However, if the two major projects that he is working on become the successes that they could well be, he will be more in demand than ever.
To use a wrestling term, Johnson is poised to go over in Hollywood, and to a big pop, rising from a dependable big man in the industry to the in-demand action star of today.
First is MGM/Paramount's epic Hercules which is due out July 25 where he plays the title character. Then there's an earthquake disaster flick San Andreas which is scheduled for release next year, in which Johnson is commanding salary of about $12 million, a number that will have other A-Listers frantically calling their agents.
Return to the ring
The chances of getting The Rock back into the ring aren’t too great. Firstly there’s the sheer amount of what it would take to get him to compete again. As Johnson says, he would want a mega match - seemingly against a wrestler who is a star in their own right, like John Cena again or Brock Lesnar. And then there is the money that would have to go with it. If Johnson were to come back then it would mean months of preparation and leadup to a main event. He wouldn’t just waltz in, drop a couple of ‘Rock Bottom’s’ then waltz straight back out, the fans wouldn’t allow it. As they say, time equals money, and in an era where Vince McMahon is making a lot of cuts he would have to fork out the type of money he is trying to save in order to get Rocky back.
Then there is the chance of injury. Johnson suffered a pretty bad injury in 2013 in his return to the ring. Going against Cena he fell and tore both his rectus tendon and adductor muscle. He refused surgery originally, but was forced to go under the knife when doctors found a hernia to go along with his other injuries.
For a man who wants to be today’s quintessential action hero and regular blockbuster star, spending time out through injury isn’t the way to go about it.
The pros have to outweigh the cons for the People’s Champion to return to the ring, and at the moment it just doesn’t look like a worthwhile cause.