It's been over a month since Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has broken any box office records in Hollywood, so it must be time for another blockbuster starring the former Miami Hurricane and occasional pro wrestler to come out.
And that's what will happen next Friday, May 29th with the release of the disaster flick San Andreas. So that means Rocky is on the PR trail, and that means sports entertainment will be discussed. And in an interview with Sports Illustrated's Extra Mustard blog, he covered both his past and potential future in the squared circle.
With regards to when he next might electrify the millions for WWE, Johnson is still talking WrestleMania 32 in Texas - with or without Ronda Rousey. In fact, his old sparring partner Triple H is leading the charge to get Rock back in the ring as they try to shatter live attendance records in Jerry Jone's AT&T Stadium:
Myself, Vince, Triple H have talked about creating something that is amazing. 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. 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.
The Great One also dug into one of his recent returns, but not the almost universally beloved one with the UFC bantamweight champ, but his Royal Rumble appearance in Philadelphia this past January. It seemed like Rocky showing up to celebrate with his cousin was designed to stem off the tide of boos Roman Reigns had been getting, but Johnson said he wasn't surprised by the reaction:
I wasn't surprised by the reaction at all. That's the beauty of Philly. I have felt that from Philly on both ends, as a heel and a baby face. Roman was getting booed in every city, and I just knew - we all knew - well, Philly was going to be worse.
He also shared his advice to Reigns about dealing with his current and getting a different reaction:
The only advice I gave Roman was that you just need to stay the course. 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... Eventually, he'll overcome that. But here is the key - you'll only overcome that if you are real. You've got to be authentic in your performances. The moment they start smelling, ‘That's not real. You don't really talk that way, you really don't feel that way,' then you cancel Christmas.
A lot to digest here, Cagesiders. Do you want The Rock vs. The Game at WrestleMania in 2016? Do you believe The People's Champ when he says they knew Roman was getting booed in the City of Brotherly Love? Has Reigns been getting over by being real?
Sound off below!