The Rock may very well have wrestled his last pro wrestling match when he lost the WWE championship to John Cena in the main event of WrestleMania 29 this past April 7, 2013, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It was the culmination of a three-year program building towards exactly that moment, but it was a bumpy ride.
Mostly because "The Great One" tore multiple muscles and a hernia that required surgery to correct, greatly affecting his busy Hollywood schedule.
Naturally, that has led to the obvious questions regarding whether or not he'll one day return to WWE to work another match. And while it's still on the table and potentially in the cards for WrestleMania XXX next year, he tells Chris Van Vliet he would be happy with the Cena match being his last:
"I grew up in wrestling ... so for me that was a dream scenario. Going into the biggest WrestleMania of all time at MetLife Stadium, breaking records, and going in as WWE Champion and then losing the belt to John Cena. In the world of wrestling ... there is a passing of the torch, so to speak, and doing the right thing for business. It was a dream scenario and if in fact that was my last match, I'm happy with it because I wound up not only having three hernial tears but I also tore my abductor tendon as well as my rectus tendon clean off my pelvis. So to be able to finish the match and not let anybody know and kind of walk out on my own; that's going out on my shield and I loved it."
In addition to that, he talked about up-and-coming stars in WWE and took a shot at a few unnamed veterans:
"Roman Reigns, who is a cousin of mine, I think he looks great and is very talented in the ring. The Shield, all those guys, by the way, are doing a great job. I'll say this and he knows this but Fandango is one of my favorites. What makes him such an interesting character, and wrestling fans understand this when I tell them this; to play a character like that you've got to embrace it and that's not an easy character to embrace, which tells me that he's got a lot going on in terms of his depth and how far he can go in terms of character. So I would say those guys. The four month run I had in the WWE was eye opening and I was able to see a lot of young talent who were very, very hungry, very humble, and what's interesting is there was some talent who, just the nature of the business, become sour grapes and miserable but the younger guys were very excited. There was that hunger there and it reminds me of myself about 15 years ago when I first started."
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