The Rock’s Wrestlemania involvement has been confirmed. There have been a lot of rumors about what The People’s Champion will be doing on the grandest stage of them all this year.
Earlier today, The Rock posted the following on his Instagram explaining his filming schedule for the year:
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2016 breakdown of my shooting schedule (while maintaining relationships and being dad and daddy to the most awesome daughters in the world) and why I'm up at 4am everyday to train (aside from being slightly bat shit crazy). Once we wrap season 2 of #BALLERS (4 weeks left), the next day I'll start shooting our “little" beach movie called #BAYWATCH (literally THE most successful TV intellectual property of all time – so the pressure is on – bring it). After a 12 week #BAYWATCH shoot, I'll go right into shooting #FastAndFurious8. We're a family, and playing the character of HOBBS is one of my greatest joys and I'll make the promise to ya right now: I'm stepping on that set ready to rumble and raise the bar on all levels: The intensity, the tactical gear/weapons and especially that "Hobbs' winking fun". Since Fast & Furious 5, you've made HOBBS the highest testing character for a reason – and we're gonna give new meaning to the catchphrase, "Daddy's gotta go to work." After approximately 12-14 weeks of shooting FF8, I'll transition right into the big one… #RAMPAGE. Before we start shooting I'll spend time at the San Diego Wildlife Preserve as well with Anti-Poaching Units out of Africa. As big and fun as this movie is, the key is grounding it in research and authenticity. The entire team that brought you San Andreas is back and we can't wait to get started on this one. King Kong is just a little monkey compared to what these massive RAMPAGING ANIMALS can do. Now of course the universe can step in at anytime and throw a flag on the play, but as you see there's a method to my madness of 4am wake ups for cardio & training hard – it anchors my day and allows me to 100% focus and prep for these roles – and the irony of this whole thing is all these roles pale in comparison to the most daunting, gratifying and holy shit scary role of all – being a father. But that's for another fun discussion. And I close this long ass post with a question anyone who just trained calves would ask… do I or do I not have gum stuck on the bottom of my shoe? ? #Method2TheMadness #HardestWorkersInTheRoom #ChaseYourGreatness #AndCheckYourShoesForGum ???
There have been reports in the past that Rock will be forbidden from wrestling at Mania because of insurance issues from film studios.
That makes sense because the rumor that makes the most sense is about The Rock being in Roman Reigns corner during his main event match against Triple H with Vince McMahon in his corner. That’s a strong dynamic that will get The Rock involved in the main event.
The problem with anything The Rock does at Wrestlemania isn’t just about showing up in Dallas this April and putting on a show. Now, it’s being said by a few sources that Rock will not be available for many appearances on Raw or Smackdown to hype Wrestlemania.
It’s going to be very interesting how WWE decides to book the appearances they do have with The People’s Champion and how big his presence will be on the Road to Wrestlemania.