A few years ago it felt as if WWE was building to a match between Triple H and The Rock. The Game recently revealed why that never came to be.
The Rock recently (very quietly) broke the news that he would no longer be stepping inside the squared circle, at least not for a match. That means The Great One's last match ever will forever be the very short bout he had with Rowan at WrestleMania 32. You know, unless he comes out of retirement like almost every other wrestler ever.
A quick match with Rowan at that WrestleMania wasn't always the plan for Rock. Triple H recently revealed to talkSport that he was the one who was meant to take on The People's Champ and the event. While he didn't clarify, we're assuming the match would have lasted longer than a few seconds, especially after how long his match with Batista went at WrestleMania 35.
If you cast your minds back far enough, you might remember a backstage segment between Triple H and The Rock long before WrestleMania 32. "It was like let’s throw a seed out here and see what happens. And we did and it blew up and we talked about it some more," The Game explained. However, as you might have guessed by this point, Rock's busy schedule got in the way.
What you might now question, as we did at first, is how scheduling was the issue since Rock wound up appearing at WrestleMania that year anyway. Well, as has been highlighted by Batista and Goldberg recently, being in ring shape is a different beast. Rock might look incredible, but it would have taken a significant chunk of his time to get back in ring shape after not having wrestled for three years.
Not only was Rock meant to wrestle Triple H at WrestleMania 32, but it's also rumored his schedule prevented him competing two year years later too. At WrestleMania 34, Ronda Rousey needed a partner, and that partner could have been The Rock. Kurt Angle filled that role instead. You'll hear no complaints from us on that front as it was probably the best match of the night.