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Triple H Doesn’t Think The Rock Is Likely To Compete At WrestleMania

January 29, 2023 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Triple H Royal Rumble Press Conference WWE Image Credit: WWE

He’s not completely slamming the door on it, but Triple H says he doesn’t think we’ll be seeing The Rock competing at WrestleMania. There have been rumors for quite a while about the Great One taking on Roman Reigns at the PPV, though they were dealt a dose of cold water in recent days by reports that he had indicated wouldn’t be able to get in the shape he needs to be in time for the PPV. During last night’s Royal Rumble press conference, Triple H was asked about the Rock making a possible appearance and said he doesn’t think a match is “in the cards” for the People’s Champion.

“Apparently he can’t get in shape in time. That’s what all you tell me,” Triple H said (per Fightful). “He looked pretty jacked, I thought. I saw Black Adam the other day and I didn’t think it was the uniform. He’s incredibly busy. I can say this, as a guy that, we grew up as two young kids fighting each other for the spot and having battles over it and, in the best way, pushing each other. We all were in that time. I know, for him….I was at a large Emmy event a few years ago and there was a poster of him. I think he was about to drop the People’s Elbow on me. He was standing over me in this photo and it’s a hyper-focused incredibly detailed picture. As I’m looking at the picture, I realized he had goosebumps all over him, standing over me. I took a picture of it and sent it to him. I said, ‘You don’t get this in Hollywood, do you?’ It’s a rush, but after the 12th time you’ve done that take, probably not as exciting as the first couple. There is nothing like this, nothing. I know for him, and I know his family and background, there is a part of him that, if he could be here for this and for this WrestleMania in Hollywood, he would turn over every stone and walk through fire to be able to do it, if he could.”

He continued, “I just don’t think it’s in the cards. Then again, I don’t know. We always have conversations with him because he loves it so much and we’d love for him to be a part of it. He’s the biggest star in Hollywood and maybe the most recognizable person on the planet. Why wouldn’t we want him to be part of it? This is his home. It’s an open invitation. We don’t lock the door. He has an open invitation to walk through it anytime he wants, but he’s incredibly busy. I think that respect factors both ways. He wouldn’t want to do it unless he could absolutely do it. There is no way he would show up here and half-ass it. There is no way he would show up here and not come in and want to put every single thing he had into it to make it the best it could possibly be. Unless he could do that, it won’t happen. He knows the door is open and when he has the time and availability to do it, he can come in and electrify everybody.”

Roman Reigns currently has a date set at WrestleMania with Cody Rhodes, who won the men’s Royal Rumble last night to earn a shot at Reigns’ title for the April PPV.