The Rock made his anticipated return to Monday Night RAW this week, solidifying his position as one of the biggest stars in WWE history. This led to fans wondering what his end goal would be. According to Jim Ross at least, that should be WrestleMania 40 this year.

The Rock’s return to WWE television on the Day 1 edition of Monday Night RAW was major surprise. The Great One made a stunning comeback, delivering a smackdown to Jinder Mahal and hinting at a possible match with Roman Reigns.

Jim Ross shared his thoughts on The Rock’s return and potential future in WWE on his Grilling JR podcast. Ross expressed some surprise about The Rock re-entering the scene but mentioned the necessity for The Rock to earn fan favoritism if he were to face Roman Reigns.

Ross, a fan of The Rock and someone involved in his career since day one, acknowledged the star power he brings and the significance of having him engaged in a storyline.

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While noting that the ultimate destination appears to be WrestleMania, Ross emphasized the need for a strategic journey and speculated about a potential stop-off before that point. He also pondered the possibility of two matches involving The Rock. Overall, Ross highlighted the value of getting The Rock committed to certain times as a significant win for WWE.

“I wouldn’t be surprised, wholeheartedly, but to some degree, yes. I think he’s gotta earn, if he’s gonna wrestle Roman Reigns, is Rock going to be a fan-favorite? He needs to do something, I think, other than just show up, even though he’s got the star power to show up. I was a little surprised that he’s back in the hunt for a spot. So we’ll see how it works out. I’m a fan. I signed The Rock. I was involved in his career since day one. Any time you get The Rock, you get some time from The Rock, that’s a win. Now, how they get to the end result, the end result has gotta be WrestleMania, obviously. Doesn’t take a strategist to figure that one out. But we’ll see how it works out.

“Getting The Rock on TV and getting him pre-engaged in a storyline, and it seems like the Roman Reigns thing is a perfect place for him, it might not do Cody Rhodes fans a lot of favors because I still think some people are still a little miffed that Roman beat Cody at the last WrestleMania. So there’s gonna be another piece to the journey. There’s gotta be another stop-off, and winning the Elimination Chamber is one way to do it, man. But can you get another match? That means two matches out of The Rock, and is that going to happen? Time will tell, but like I said, getting him to commit to certain times is a win without question.”

WWE’s reason for choosing not to announce The Rock’s previous few appearances beforehand was also revealed. Only time will tell whether The Rock vs Roman Reigns will end up taking place at WrestleMania 40 in the end.

What do yo think of what Jim Ross had to say? Do you want The Rock vs Roman Reigns to take place at WrestleMania 40? Let us know in the comments section below!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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