Dwayne Johnson is one of the busiest actors in Hollywood, and when he takes some time off it’s a point of intrigue for many. This time around, wrestling fans should be particularly interested in what might be going on. Johnson is reported to have essentially erased his work schedule for early 2023, which could be huge for fans of The Rock as there’s a good chance he’ll return to WWE for a short stretch and probably a big match or two.
There’s certainly evidence of that, as Bryan Alvarez of The Wrestling Observer (via Causing obligation) reported that Dwayne Johnson is intentionally keeping his schedule clear when 2023 begins. Alvarez explained what the move, if it actually happens, could mean for Johnson at this time:
Dwayne Johnson reportedly wants to help restart the XFL as the last owner, which is perfectly understandable and doable. However, wrestling fans are aware that this 2023 window also coincides directly with the WrestleMania season. If Johnson is indeed available from January through late March or early April, he could hypothetically make a surprise return at the Royal Rumble and set up a feud that sets up a match for him at WrestleMania 39.
Rumors started well before the last WrestleMania PPV, which claimed the WWE wanted it Lock up The Rock for WrestleMania 39 Main event against his cousin Roman rule. The main reason for this rumor was not entirely believable connections to The Rock’s rampant acting roles and other commitments. Under his normal schedule, it always seemed the best thing that could happen if he made a small cameo or appearance at WrestleMania like he’s done in years past. (Fans with a Peacock Premium subscription can check this out.)
WWE fans would love that, but everyone knows that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson isn’t at his peak with a mere cameo, even if it’s during the biggest event of the year. Ideally, Rock is able to perform in the run-up to WrestleMania (like in his past Feuds with John Cena) would presumably provide the full experience and serve as a sort of farewell to the wrestling legend. After all, this could be The Rock’s farewell tour if he does indeed return to WWE for a notable stretch, so it would be best if a feud is built with as much time and care as possible.
Wrestling fans should feel comfortable if they’re pretty excited about the possibility of The Rock returning, even though they understand that this is all still in the realm of rumors. We’re not sure if Dwayne Johnson is actually taking some time off or what he’s going to do either way. We can only wait and hope that “sports entertainment’s most electric man” gets back in the ring early next year.
The Rock isn’t currently working with WWE, but his most famous matches have a home in streaming at Peacock. Hopefully, sometime in 2023, fans can see another game added to the list, and maybe even a few more if we’re lucky.