• Will Vince McMahon’s Return Affect The Rock’s WrestleMania 39 Plans?
The Rock is rumored to challenge his real-life cousin Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship in the main event of WrestleMania 39 – Night 2, but nothing has been confirmed at this point.
We will see whether The Great One is going to enter the Royal Rumble as a surprise entrant later this month, as he would have to win it in order to earn a title shot at WrestleMania.
The Wrestling Observer reported that Vince McMahon recently returning to WWE’s Board of Directors is not going to affect Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s WrestleMania plans at all:
“The basic thing is that Dwayne Johnson is going to do what he has the time to do. If he has time, the Vince stuff is going to have no impact whatsoever. He’s going to do it if he feels he can do it well and he has time to train for it. Which he may not because of the XFL.
The Vince thing will have no impact. A sale to Saudi Arabia is a different story but that’s not gonna happen before WrestleMania anyway most likely. Vince coming back, is it going to affect John Cena? Is it going to affect The Rock? No, they’re going to do whatever they were going to do before.
They expect John Cena at WrestleMania, and as far as The Rock goes, it just depends on his schedule. I would say we’re within two weeks of a yes or no on that one, because they’ve got to have their answer by Royal Rumble because they’ve got to know what to do at the Rumble.
I don’t know what his answer is. I look at the schedule, he’s got to promote this XFL, I don’t know that him doing WrestleMania promotes the XFL.
But if he’s got time to get in shape for the match and train for the match, he’ll do it, and if he doesn’t, I don’t believe he’ll go there to be out of condition and have a bad match.”
Speaking of whether The Rock will actually wrestle at this year’s WrestleMania or not, Old School Wrestling Veteran Dutch Mantell claimed on Smack Talk that the absence of the former People’s Champion wouldn’t be a big loss for WWE.
Here’s what he had to say:
“Well, if they can’t bring him back for this one, he still looks great. He’s gonna look great next year; he’s gonna look great the year after that unless something unforeseen happens. So it is still open for him to come back, but we’re talking about this year.
I still don’t think it’s a loss. I think they can still find their way to make the main event like they always do somehow. They do that. I keep going back to my 51st-week theory. If this doesn’t happen, this will, and then we’ll do this.”
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ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (January 17, 2000) – WWF RAW IS WAR
On this day in 2000, the World Wrestling Federation aired another LIVE episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF RAW IS WAR’.
It was broadcasted from the New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Royal Rumble 2000’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
Hardcore Title: Test vs. The Big Boss Man
D’Lo Brown & The Godfather vs. Edge & Christian
Kurt Angle vs. Steve Blackman
The Acolytes vs. X-Pac & Hunter Hearst Helmsley
Jeff Hardy vs. Buh-Buh Ray Dudley
Chris Jericho vs. Rikishi
Kane vs. Prince Albert
The New Age Outlaws vs. The Rock & The Big Show