Sports Illustrated’s “Extra Mustard” blog has a great new Q&A piece online with The Rock. In it, in addition to talking about his Hollywood success, fandom of ”Macho Man” Randy Savage and friendship with Steve Austin, Rock speaks openly about a number of WWE-related topics.
Below are the highlights:
Advice for Roman Reigns:
“The only advice I gave Roman was that you just need to stay the course,” said Johnson. “It’s a unique dynamic and relationship that you have with the fans in wrestling. They’re passionate, just like you’re passionate, but they know it’s a work, just like you know it’s a work. It’s this fine balance you have to find between just staying the course and continue to cut your teeth every night by putting in good performances.”
Relationship with Vince McMahon:
“This will be the only time that Brad Peyton’s name will ever be mentioned in the same sentence as Vince McMahon,” said a smiling Johnson. “Vince has been a mentor and a father figure to me. I met him when I was eleven years old. Even still today, I appreciate the relationship we have. It’s a real cool father-son dynamic, and especially as I get older, I can appreciate the relationship today better than when I was a punk 25-year-old kid.
Returning to WWE for Wrestlemania 32 next year:
“Myself, Vince, Triple H have talked about creating something that is amazing,” said Johnson. “Any time for me, going back into the WWE, especially if it’s a match – and these guys know this because of the open dialogue between me and Triple H – the question is, can we create, in terms of a promotional scale for the fans, something better than what we did in Miami and back-to-back in New York with John Cena? Can we put together something that’s different but equally, if not more, exciting? So there’s a lot of elements involved that we continue to talk about and chop up. That’s the coolest part about the relationship I have with the McMahons, including Triple H.”
“Look, the platform is there,” said Johnson. “You have Dallas and could set an attendance record, so that’s the first goal. And then what is the match that allows us to do that? I’ve had incredible matches with Triple H, so I’m not ruling it out, but I’m not saying it is going to happen.
“We continue to talk about it, and we’re still shooting each other text messages. He sent me a message from Dallas that said, ‘This could be us. The record is ours.’ So we’ll see.”
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