In a latest version of Grilling JR, Jim Ross mentioned The Rock leaving WWE for Hollywood in 2002, Rock probably wrestling one other match, and rather more. You can learn his feedback beneath.
Jim Ross on The Rock leaving WWE for Hollywood in 2002: “I think we always had the belief that we would never lose Rock forever. He would more often than not be available to us in the right circumstance and right situation. So, that was kind of the general thought. He’ll be available to do some things, but we may just have to pick our spots and do better planning. That’s kind of what we did.”
On Rock probably wrestling one other match: “He’s the final man on the planet that must be wrestling. Let’s be trustworthy about it. How rather more Money are you able to make? And the opposite side of that’s, what’s he obtained to lose? Rather a lot. What if he tears a pec or blows out a quad or will get a concussion or issues like that? They can occur and are prone to occur in some unspecified time in the future in time. I like the man. I signed him and suppose the world of him. But if he requested, ‘Do you think I should be wrestling?’ I might most likely say no. I do know that doesn’t sound nice to the followers, ‘We want Rock one more time.’ I do too, however I don’t need him to threat his day job over a wrestling payday.
“The other deal is, the wrestling aspect of this deal, he has so much to lose if things went wrong. The last thing I wanted to do was get involved in a situation where we got Rock hurt or he got hurt. I never believed he was gonna be gone forever, and quite frankly, after [he left in 2002] he had some nice returns that all drew. But I never thought we were gonna lose him forever. His love for the product and love for the brand is insurmountable. He’ll always be a part of it, and he’s a part of it now since his daughter is down in NXT…..I could see Rock having a mixed tag with his daughter at WrestleMania. Now, there will be naysayers that’ll knock that idea, but it’s a way to get him on TV and get her name and image in the promotion.”
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