Peter Rosenberg interviewed The Rock to promote his upcoming reality series called “The Hero” on TNT. In it, he talked exclusively about the injury he suffered at Wrestlemania 29 and whether or not this was his last match.
Rock said when he sat down with Vince McMahon to negotiate his return [to WWE], the plan was for three Wrestlemania’s back-to-back-to-back (Wrestlemania 27, 28 & 29). He said in the end it didn’t matter if he lost or did the job because there is no better way to give back to the business than to do the honors.
He said Hulk Hogan did it for him but Hogan was on his way out. Rock said there were never plans for a “rubber match” against John Cena at Wrestlemania XXX in New Orleans. He confirmed the original plan was to work Brock Lesnar at the show next year. However, he said those plans changed when he was unable to work Raw the Monday after Wrestlemania in New Jersey.
Rock said he talked to Vince, Triple H, Cena, CM Punk and others Sunday night after his match at the pay-per-view. He saw WWE’s “ortho guys” and they knew he was injured. Rock said he let Vince know he wouldn’t be able to make it to Raw. Later on Monday he received a call from one of WWE’s writers, asking if he wanted to give a message or some type of injury update. This is when the Tweets were worked out to be included on the broadcast.
You can listen to the interview in its entirety at this link or embedded in the video below:
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This goes along with everything we have reported since before the pay-per-view. We reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com the panic the next day was a result of communication breakdown. While Vince and top officials knew, writers and producers were surprised when they were told segments involving The Rock had to be re-written.
Last Monday, we posted a detailed exclusive on Rock’s relationship with WWE souring just days before the pay-per-view. Rock was originally in the plans for Extreme Rules next month but he informed company officials to finish up his current run at the pay-per-view. The company urged him to shoot an angle the following night to plant the seed for a program at Wrestlemania 30 against Brock Lesnar but we’re told Rock didn’t want to commit to it. The must-read details are available below:
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