When The Rock returned to the WWE in 2013, it has been assumed that the superstar would go on a prolonged hiatus after WrestleMania 29.
Now, it appears that the current WWE champion will stick around for, at least, a little while, beyond the Apr. 7 Pay-Per-View event. The WWE’s Facebook page is advertising The Rock to appear at “Extreme Rules,” which is the PPV event that follows WrestleMania.
“WWE returns to St. Louis on Sunday, May 19 at 6:30pm when EXTREME RULES is broadcast to the world from St. Louis' Scottrade Center for the first time ever! See WWE Champion The Rock, John Cena, CM Punk, St. Louis' own Randy Orton, The Celtic Warrior Sheamus and many more!”
The card at WWE events is always subject to change, and there is the possibility that The Rock could just make an appearance at the event and not actually wrestle. However, the advertisement seems to indicate that eight-time champion will compete in the first four PPV’s of 2013.
As the current champ, The Rock is scheduled to fight in the main event of WrestleMania 29 at MetLife Stadium. It’s a near certainty that he will face Royal Rumble Winner John Cena, though there is a chance that CM Punk could be inserted in to the main event, making it a triple-threat match.
Many fans had considered it to be a foregone conclusion that The Rock would lose at WrestleMania, but news that he’ll be at ”Extreme Rules” could mean he’ll defend his title at the PPV. He might also have a rematch for the belt, which each champ is allowed, following a loss.
The Rock returned to “Monday Night Raw” on Jan. 7 to confront former champion CM Punk. The “Brahma Bull” won the belt in January for the first time since 2002. He successfully defended his title against Punk with a win at “Elimination Chamber.”
Since he’s come back, The Rock has failed to appear on just one edition of “Monday Night Raw.” It is unknown what his schedule would look like after WrestleMania, when he is reportedly set to the film “Hercules.”