The reported reason why The Rock chose not to step into the ring with Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 39 has been dispelled.
Former WWE writer Brian Gewirtz was a recent guest on The Bill Simmons Podcast to discuss a wide variety of subjects. While talking about online wrestling rumors, Gewirtz took the opportunity to dismiss the report of why The Rock isn’t working WrestleMania 39.
“The other thing is that some of the stuff comes up, the audience reading it should know a little bit better and take it with a grain of salt,” Brian Gewirtz said. “The big example from recent times is Dave Meltzer, for instance, a week after he admittedly had to retract something, that he had printed false information, and he was upfront and admitted it.
But then the next week, a quote-unquote source tells him The Rock’s not going to make it to WrestleMania because he feels he doesn’t have time to get into match shape. Now I know that is, in and of itself, not the case. That is not the reason whether it happens or doesn’t happen. I know it’s a line.
“But then it just took a life on its own where all of a sudden, everyone reading it on the internet and Twitter takes it as fact, to the point where Roman goes on The Tonight Show and tells Jimmy Fallon, ‘Hey, I understand Rock made a statement saying he doesn’t have time to get into ring shape.’ And I’m watching this, like what? What statement? Show me the statement!
“There is no statement! This is a quote that some stooge reported to a wrestling insider newsletter of some kind, and now it’s just like written in granite and stone; this is the case. That’s the stuff that just drives me nuts and always has.”
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