The Rock hasn’t been seen in a WWE ring in over two years now, but he reportedly could show up in New Jersey for WrestleMania 35.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has oftentimes dropped his WWE moniker in recent years. While he was once the face of the sports entertainment giant, he has since become one of the biggest movie stars and overall celebrities on the planet. For a while though, he always seemed to find his way back to professional wrestling, even if just for brief stints.
That hasn’t been the case as of late though. While rumors always seem to swirl around big events that The Rock could show back up in WWE, it hasn’t happened recently. In fact, the last time that we saw him in the ring was at WrestleMania 32 in April 2016, when he had an impromptu and exceptionally brief clash with Erick Rowan.
However, that could be changing somewhat soon. In the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t to PW Mania), Dave Meltzer reported that there is some buzz about The Rock being interested in a return to WWE for WrestleMania 35. That event will be held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on April 7, 2019.
In the time that his star has risen to a global scale, it makes sense as to why The Rock hasn’t been in WWE, despite the affinity that he clearly has for the company that helped launch his celebrity. Between insurance risks for movies, a ridiculously busy filming schedule for his film and TV roles and even likely the money it takes to get him into a wrestling ring, it’s not hard to see why his appearances have dwindled.
Yet, bringing him back for WrestleMania 35 would be huge for WWE. While their reliance on part-time talents have caused them trouble in recent years (looking at you, Brock Lesnar), a special appearance by Johnson is in a class of its own. Even with his prolonged absence from the company, he still is among the most popular people associated with the company.
Subsequently, if there is any mutual interest as is being reported, WWE needs to make the call to bring him on. The role that he would play on the card truly doesn’t matter all that much. Just get The Rock there — after that, the fan engagement and interest will surely rise no matter what he’s doing.