The Rock made a significant impact at WrestleMania 40. On Saturday, he teamed with Roman Reigns to defeat Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins. On Sunday, he made waves again by taking out John Cena, only to be chokeslammed by The Undertaker. Following these events, The Rock has distanced himself from active wrestling and admitted pro wrestling is too hard while he’s doing MMA training for ‘The Smashing Machine.’

The Rock is now focused on his latest film project, ‘The Smashing Machine,’ which explores the life of MMA fighter Mark Kerr. The movie delves into Kerr’s career in mixed martial arts and his personal struggles. The Rock is set to play the lead role, capturing the complex journey of Kerr, both inside the cage and in his personal life, while he has to deal with the hardships that are always prevalent in the MMA world.

The Rock recently shared on Instagram about his MMA training for his upcoming movie, ‘The Smashing Machine.’ He noted that after completing 12 weeks of training for WrestleMania 40, he took a brief break before starting his MMA training. Despite his extensive background in professional wrestling, The People’s Champion admitted that that pro wrestling is extremely challenging.

”Thanks for all the great questions. Here’s a sense of my training schedule during my training camp for “The Smashing Machine” Thanks for all the support- means a lot to me. Back to work. Have a productive week. 💪🏾👊🏾”


The former WWE Champion acknowledged that MMA is a completely new sport to him. He expressed great respect for MMA fighters, emphasizing the rigorous nature of their discipline. The Rock then discussed his own training and nutrition program, highlighting the effort required to prepare for his role in ‘The Smashing Machine.’

“But this combat sports and MMA is new to me. I have a base in wrestling from pro wrestling and a little bit of amateur wrestling that I did but this is a whole new world. And I approach this with just a boundless amount of respect for the fighters, the men and the women, and especially you know the OGs, the Godfathers, like Mark Kerr… This is truly a team effort to be able to do something like this.”

The Rock also ruffled feathers in WWE after trying to take credit for WWE’s success. The Rock is expected to wrestle another match in 2024 before WrestleMania 41 as well. Nevertheless, it remains to be when The Brahma Bull will make his return to the company again.

Are you looking forward to The Smashing Machine? Who do you think The Rock should face next after he returns to WWE? Sound off in the comments section below!

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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