The Royal Rumble is always full of surprises whether it’s before or during the match and less than 24 hours before the event is set to begin, the internet wrestling community have gone into meltdown at the prospect of The Rock appearing at the Wells Fargo Center.
As of this writing there is still a few hours remaining until the Royal Rumble pre-show kicks off and if the fans weren’t already excited at the two huge main events on offer with Brock Lesnar defending the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against John Cena and Seth Rollins in a triple threat match and the 30 man Royal Rumble match then they have more of a reason to be excited as The Rock could very well be included in the Royal Rumble match.
THE GREAT ONE IS IN PHILADELPHIA
It’s not just a rumour that The Rock could be there, in fact late Saturday evening The Rock posted a picture of himself on his official Instagram account, captioned “In town and always gotta stop by the neighborhood… #SouthPhilly”, and the hints that he could appear in the Royal Rumble don’t end there.
PWInsider have confirmed that The Rock was at the hotel where the WWE talent are all staying on Saturday, and there’s no way he was simply dropping by to say hello. He should definitely play a part in the Royal Rumble and now it’s a waiting game as the clock runs down to the Royal Rumble to see what plan the WWE has for him.
WrestleChat.net also confirmed that they ran into The Rock at the famous Geno’s Steaks in Philadelphia and questioned him on a Royal Rumble appearance. They stated he was very approachable and responded with ‘wait and see’ regarding a potential appearance.
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ROCK VS BROCK II
The Rock’s potential return at the Royal Rumble could set up a WrestleMania clash between The Rock and Brock Lesnar, something that has been rumoured for a number of years now.
Vince McMahon loves both superstars and he won’t hesitate in booking this match right away, it only depends on The Rock’s media duties for Fast and Furious 7 which is released in April. At the same time The Great One could rake in thousands more buys if he mentions a clash with Lesnar in his interviews.
There is a great setting for the two superstars to meet in the ring, the last time they faced off was at SummerSlam back in 2002 when a 25-year-old Brock Lesnar dethroned The Rock to become the WWE Champion, passing the torch on to the beast who went on to conquer the UFC Heavyweight Division by becoming the Heavyweight Champion and ended the streak last year.
It’s a matter of now or never to sell this match, who knows how many more WrestleMania’s The Rock might want to compete in and it looks likely that Lesnar will bow out of the WWE once more after WrestleMania comes to a close – this time for good.
This is probably an indication that Lesnar will drop the title and it will allow Seth Rollins to get pinned and setting up a clash between John Cena and possibly Roman Reigns – a huge main event match with or without Brock Lesnar involved and a great opportunity for Roman Reigns.
It would be fantastic to see The Rock and Brock Lesnar go at it again, over a decade after they faced off at SummerSlam, they've both come a very long way since.
THE ROCK VS RUSEV
The other potential match we could see at WrestleMania is The Rock taking on Rusev. The last we saw of The Rock he made a surprise return to Brooklyn on Monday Night Raw and confronted Rusev and Lana before taking him out with a Rock Bottom. Rusev is expected to play a big role in the Royal Rumble and with The Rock thrown into the equation; the two could kick off the build up to March in Philadelphia.
A match between Rusev and The Rock would be a huge occasion for Rusev who gets his massive WrestleMania match and that all depends on what happens at the Royal Rumble; PWInsider correctly reported that Sting would be at Survivor Series and they were correct two days earlier and now even The Rock directly posted his arrival in Philadelphia.
Will The Rock be at the Royal Rumble and set up a huge WrestleMania match? Only time will tell; stay tuned to GiveMeSport for all the results, fallout and analysis of the event.