The Rock’s return to WWE earlier this year has been met with widespread acclaim, particularly for his heel persona, which has been lauded as one of the best in his career. His recent run concluded at WrestleMania 40, marking an eventful chapter in his storied WWE journey. There has been significant anticipation around the possibility of The Rock competing again this year and it appears that might just happen.

The Great One was a major part of WrestleMania 40, as he and Roman Reigns faced off against Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins at WrestleMania 40 Saturday, where The Rock and Reigns were victorious. The Rock would then make his presence felt at WrestleMania 40 Sunday by taking out John Cena, but would get chokeslammed by The Undertaker.

The last time fans saw The Rock was during last week’s episode of RAW, where he had a promo segment with Cody Rhodes. Regardless, fans wondered if The Great One would be competing again anytime soon.

According to Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, The Rock may face Cody Rhodes at next year’s WrestleMania. While Johnson hasn’t explicitly confirmed this, it aligns with information that Meltzer has received.


There is a possibility that The Rock could participate in a match later this year, but the anticipated match against Cody Rhodes is tentatively planned for WrestleMania next year, regardless of whether Rhodes is the champion at that time.

”Without directly saying so, Dwayne Johnson indicated the same as we were told, that most likely he will face Rhodes at next year’s Mania. We were told there was a chance of him doing a match late this year, but the Rhodes match was tentatively for Mania, whether Rhodes is champion or not.”

Cody Rhodes also believes WWE’s success would entice The Rock to return to WWE. As noted before, The Rock is also eyeing return at WrestleMania 41. Regardless, we will have to wait and see when The Great One will return to have one last match this year.

Who do you think The Rock’s opponent should be if he wrestles again this year? Sound off in the comments section below!

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