The Rock. Roman Reigns. WrestleMania. Collision Course?

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We don’t know if they can consummate it yet, but right now WWE is doing an incredible job of building a story for Roman Reigns vs. The Rock at WrestleMania 37 in Tampa in late March.

Since Roman Reigns paired up with Paul Heyman in late August, his character has been transformative. It’s been the best WWE angle in years. Reigns has had a series of matches with his cousin, Jey Uso. In an “I quit” match at the recent Hell in a Cell PPV, Reigns made Uso quit by putting Uso’s twin brother, Jimmy, in a painful hold that he would break only when Jey uttered the words.

On SmackDown last week, Reigns gave a phenomenal promo about how the family is all falling in line behind him:

This story is setting up perfectly for The Rock, also a member of the family, to intervene as the force of good who can thwart Reigns’ evil descent.

Just this past September, The Rock named Reigns as the opponent who would make the most sense for him to fight if he ever returned to WrestleMania. Rumors that it could happen have been circulating as this story with Reigns and their family has developed.

Now, of course WWE wants this. The Rock has transcended wrestling to become arguably the biggest movie star in the world. Any appearance he makes for WWE is great for business, and a return to wrestling in their biggest event of the year, with a storyline that’s been built up so intriguingly, would be a cherry on top. The most prevailing question is whether The Rock will have the time.

One more interesting wrinkle to this story: New WWE president Nick Khan’s sister, Nahnatchka Khan, who created the show Fresh Off the Boat, is working with The Rock on an NBC comedy series based on his life. Could that connection — combined with The Rock’s already strong relationships with Roman Reigns, Vince McMahon, and WWE — help tip the scales?

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. I know this always makes financial sense for the company, but I’m not a fan of old guys coming back and taking the younger guys spot at Wrestlemania. WWE’s main problem is they have too much talent and not enough time to get them all on tv. Rock is more interested in liberal politics than wrestling these days anyway.

  2. The Rock is now silly putty. Though you might just as well substitute the t’s for s’s.

    This Hollywood weasel should have kept his political opinions to himself. He’s lost any and all testosterone cred. And yes, I’d tell him that to his face, and bring a towel to wipe the blood off my face.

    The Rock…what a joke.

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