WWE Rumors: The Rock’s WrestleMania Status, Bloodline-Sami Zayn, Pat McAfee’s Future | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors

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The Rock May Still Appear at WrestleMania 39

Although a match involving The Rock at WrestleMania 39 in April now seems unlikely, it doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t be at the show.

According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, The Rock “may show up” at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, despite turning down a wrestling role.

Fans and reporters had speculated for months about the possibility of The Rock facing his real-life cousin, Roman Reigns, in the main event of WrestleMania 39 since it is taking place close to Hollywood, which is where The Rock has taken his considerable star power to the next level over the years.

Neither The Rock nor WWE ever said anything publicly that indicated the match was going to happen, but it didn’t stop viewers from hoping.

On the heels of Cody Rhodes winning the men’s Royal Rumble match and making it clear on Raw that he was coming for Reigns’ undisputed WWE Universal Championship at WrestleMania, it is difficult to envision any scenario where The Rock wrestles.

Per Meltzer (h/t Subhojeet Mukherjee of Ringside News), The Rock may still do an angle at WrestleMania 39, and it could even turn into an impromptu “three-second match” that sees him beat someone quickly without having to do much of anything.

Meltzer noted that The Rock didn’t feel as though he would have enough time to get into proper ring shape for WrestleMania, but he isn’t ruling out the possibility of competing at a future WrestleMania.

The Rock vs. Reigns remains the biggest potential dream match in wrestling that could still come to fruition, and fans will undoubtedly continue to talk and fantasize about it until it comes to pass.


Royal Rumble Bloodline Angle Reportedly Drew Backstage Interest

The closing angle at Royal Rumble gripped fans across the world, and that was apparently also the case for performers who were present at the event.

According to Fightful Select (h/t Sunil Joseph of Ringside News), the angle involving Roman Reigns, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens and The Bloodline at the end of Royal Rumble was a “curtain sellout” with wrestlers and backstage personnel “crowded around the monitors in silence watching the angle play out.”

Reigns defeated Owens to retain the undisputed WWE Universal Championship in the main event of Royal Rumble, but The Tribal Chief wasn’t satisfied to leave it there.

He and The Bloodline handcuffed Owens to the ropes, allowing The Usos and Solo Sikoa to pummel him. Zayn looked on in distress as his longtime friend took a beating, and he stepped in when Reigns was about to hit KO with a steel chair.

Reigns then demanded that Zayn hit Owens with the chair, but Sami refused and ultimately hit Reigns in the back with the steel chair, which elicited a massive pop from the live crowd in San Antonio.

Jimmy Uso and Sikoa then attacked Zayn in retaliation, but Jey Uso walked out rather than beating down someone he had bonded with in recent weeks.

Now, The Bloodline is in a state of flux as Reigns prepares to defend his title against Rhodes at WrestleMania.

In three weeks, Elimination Chamber will be held in Zayn’s hometown of Montreal, which seemingly makes it likely that a Reigns vs. Zayn match will happen.

WWE figures to advance the story between Sami, Jey and The Bloodline during or after the match as well, which could garner another “curtain sellout” north of the border.


WWE Hopes for McAfee to Wrestle in 2023

Pat McAfee returned to the announce desk Saturday at Royal Rumble, but WWE is reportedly hoping to use him in an expanded role moving forward.

According to Fightful Select (h/t Manik Aftab of Ringside News), McAfee turned down an offer to compete in the Royal Rumble match, but WWE is hopeful he will be back in the ring at some point in 2023.

While McAfee’s primary job in WWE has been calling the action on SmackDown with Michael Cole, he has stepped inside the ring on a few occasions as well.

Most notably, McAfee defeated Austin Theory at WrestleMania last year and then beat Baron Corbin at SummerSlam.

As great as McAfee is on commentary thanks to his high-energy style, he has been equally impressive as an in-ring performer due to his athleticism and the clear passion he has for the wrestling business.

McAfee stepped away from WWE during the fall to accept a position on ESPN’s College Gameday, but now that the college football season is over, the door is open for him to return to his duties at WWE.

Given McAfee’s crossover appeal, it stands to reason that WWE would like to have him in a match at WrestleMania 39, but since it is only about two months away, it is unclear if McAfee feels he would be able to get into ring shape by then.

Even if WWE doesn’t have him available as an in-ring performer, McAfee will add a ton to the product moving forward due to his status as the most exciting and entertaining commentator in the business.


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