The Rock played his last WWE match at WrestleMania 32 in 2016, when he defeated Erick Rowan in just six seconds. Over the past few years, rumors have intensified regarding a possible dream match between The Great One and his cousin Roman Reigns, who defeated John Cena at SummerSlam, strengthening his status as the company's iconic face.
The Tribal Chief will first have to withstand the onslaught of Brock Lesnar, author of a sensational return to the ring after more than a year of absence. The showdown between the two will take place at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia or directly at the Survivor Series.
In a long interview with Sportskeeda, former WWE and WCW writer Vince Russo explained that the eventual return of The Rock could prove to be a boomerang for the Stamford federation. Vince Russo said: "First of all, getting The Rock back in the ring isn't exactly a low-cost operation.
They will have to give him a lot of money, which is not a secondary aspect if he takes into account the effects of the pandemic that is still ongoing. The WWE Universe will obviously be thrilled when they hear The Rock's music in the arena, but how many appearances of him will there be? He is now a Hollywood star, he is no longer a full-time superstar.
He may have time to start a good feud with Roman Reigns, which would be one of the most interesting things in recent years. But what will happen when The Rock returns to Hollywood a few weeks later?" The highly anticipated challenge between The Rock and Roman Reigns is expected to take place at WrestleMania 38 in 2022 or at WrestleMania 39 in 2023.
Dwayne Johnson holds the record for the most appearances in the main event of Raw and SmackDown, as well as having collected a series of memorable feuds (above all the one with Stone Cold Steve Austin). In 2016, the US weekly TIME included him among the 100 most influential people in the world.
Jim Cornette: "Hulk Hogan was..."
Many fans and insiders believe that Hulk Hogan is the greatest superstar in WWE history. Over the course of his long career, he has created exciting storylines that have remained in the collective imagination, as well as making him very popular even outside the US borders.
However, there was certainly no shortage of controversial episodes during his existence in and out of the ring. Hogan has in fact been accused of being a liar by several personalities in the wrestling world, including The Undertaker.
In a famous interview granted to ESPN, the Deadman analyzed his victory over the Hulk at the Survivor Series in 1991, pointing out how his rival had lied about injuring his neck after suffering a 'Tombstone Piledriver'
Hogan was also accused of lying under oath in 2015 during his legal battle against Gawker, the website that had made public his horrific racist utterances. Through his YouTube channel, WWE legend Jim Cornette analyzed the character of Hulk Hogan in detail, highlighting his strengths and weaknesses.
"Hulk Hogan is undoubtedly the finest mind that has ever existed in this business. He had a nose for business that I have never seen again in any other in the history of wrestling," admitted Cornette. “As to whether or not he was a great liar, it is necessary to evaluate what kind of lies are being talked about.
When it comes to funny, good-purpose lies that can't hurt anyone, there's no big deal. Certainly Hogan lied several times to gain job opportunities or things like that. We have been told a myriad of anecdotes about it over the years.
As for his life outside wrestling, I don't want to express myself and I have no right to do so," After Bruno Sammartino, Hogan is the second wrestler ever with the most overall days as a WWE champion (2185 days).