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Backstage News On Who The Rock Wanted To Face At WrestleMania 21

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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (February 3, 2001) – WWF Jakked / WWF Metal

On this day in 2001, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly syndicated TV show ‘WWF Jakked’ (night version) aka ‘WWF Metal’ (afternoon version).

It featured pre-taped mid-card matches on the road to the ‘WWF No Way Out 2001’ PPV.

The card can be found right here:

– Perry Saturn vs. Rudy Rude (Bobby Roode)

– Albert vs. J.R. Ryder

– K-Kwik (R-Truth) vs. Larry Destiny

– Too Cool vs. Essa Rios & Chad Collyer

• Backstage News On Who The Rock Wanted To Face At WrestleMania 21

During a recent edition of his podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross revealed that there were discussions for The Rock vs. Sting at WrestleMania 21 back in 2005.

Below is what Good Ol’ JR said:

“And Rock — look, the thing about this, and I may have mentioned this before. It’s worth reiterating as far as bookers are concerned. Bookers find out that the top talents who are gonna draw the money and put an a$$ every 18 inches know exactly who they can and cannot work well with.

Meaning that a great attraction like The Rock fighting another great attraction like Sting at the biggest event of the year like WrestleMania for the first time ever is money.

Here’s the key though. Rock knew in his heart that he could get a match out of Sting, who had been dormant for quite a while, without any problem. Full confidence. And I believe that too. So anyhow, yeah it was a topic we talked about.”

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer then posted the following on Twitter:

“Dwayne that year told me the three guys he wanted to work at Mania were Sting, Randy Savage and Rey Mysterio.”

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