Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Makes Roman Reigns Wrestlemania admission

Dan Murphy
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has hinted he could make a sensational return to WWE to compete against Roman Reigns at this year’s Wrestlemania.

The wrestling legend and superstar actor has further fuelled speculation he could be set main event Wrestlemania 40 in Philadelphia this April by saying there is a ‘chance’ he could return to the ring.

Johnson’s last official match was in 2016 when he squashed Erik Rowan in just six seconds at Mania but he hasn’t competed in a lengthy match for over a decade after his loss to John Cena in 2013.

However, there is a growing suggestion that could change this year after Johnson made a shock return to WWE programming with a surprise appearance on Smackdown towards the end of 2023.

He then made a second appearance on the Day One special of Monday Night Raw on New Year’s Day, in which he explicitly called out his cousin Reigns by asking if he should sit ‘at the head of the table.’

Now, on the same day it announced he has joined TKO’s – WWE’s parent company – board of directors, Johnson has suggested he could meet Reigns at Mania.

What The Rock has said about a Wrestlemania return

Speaking to First Take, Johnson said: “I’m a long gamer, I like to build, what this is, if myself and Roman Reigns were to main event Wrestlemania… And I mean this very respectfully of all the Wrestlemania prior because I grew up in this business and I love it.

“We could put on… With us as the main event and this incredible group of men and women, who are this incredible group of performers, we could put on the greatest and biggest Wrestlemania of all time.

“There’s a chance. There’s a chance. I love this business, I love pro wrestling, I love WWE. But also I have this deep passion to grow it and to build it and if we’re going to do something like this I want the world to watch.”

While the prospect of Roman Reigns vs The Rock is humungous, it would have serious ramifications for Cody Rhodes.

The ‘American Nightmare’ has been expected to face Reigns in the main event for the second year running for the Undisputed Universal Championship after his shock defeat in 2023 to finally ‘complete the story’ and win the title his late father Dusty Rhodes never did.

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Dan Murphy is a freelance senior sports writer at Dexerto. After graduating from the University of Sheffield, Dan spent five years at the Manchester Evening News covering the city's two juggernaut clubs. He also has bylines for FourFourTwo, The Blizzard, Liverpool Echo, Newcastle Chronicle and countless more. As well as football, Dan is a passionate pro wrestling fans and also loves darts, cricket and combat sports. You can email him here: dan.murphy@dexerto.com