It’s not Rock vs. Austin, but Triple H and Dwayne Johnson have a pretty storied WWE rivlary. Really, while Rocky and Stone Cold had their biggest moments on The Grandest Stage of Them All, that’s all that’s missing from The Brahma Bull vs. The Game - the history between them is just as rich, and goes back just as far.
These are two guys who fought for a long time before they become who we think of them as today - battling as Rocky Maiva and Hunter Heart Helmsley, as part of The Nation of Domination and D-Generation X... and that’s before we even get into rumors of Shawn Michaels politicking to try to get his boy Haitch those WrestleMania spots opposite Stone Cold instead of Rock, or Trips allegedly being jealous of Johnson’s Hollywood success.
Back in 2014 and 2015, WWE seemed to be positioning things so they could deliver one more dance between the two legends. They shared a tense moment on the 15th Anniversary episode of SmackDown, and were in the ring together in Santa Clara when Ronda Rousey took out Triple H and Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania 31. It was said to be a match Vince wanted for the following year’s ‘Mania, but Rocky’s schedule and/or movie studios’ reluctance to let him wrestle seemed to take that off the table.
Is it gone for good? It’s probably a long shot, but the guy who’s still a full-time WWE employee is unsurprisingly down. As he said in a Facebook Live interview during his recent promotional trip to India:
“About two years ago, he and I did a backstage promo with each other where we talked about WrestleMania, and the competitive nature of it and it lit up the internet about the possibility of it. It's something we've discussed. It's just making schedules work, he's pretty busy I am too. But hey, right place, right time? I'll dance one more time with The Great One, Rock.”
If we ever get another match from Johnson, it will almost certainly be his last one. Would a capper to his long rivalry with Hunter be a worthy end to The Rock’s career?
Let us know what you think, Cagesiders.