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The Rock Injury Story Does Not Add Up

The wrestling social media world was in a frenzy Monday afternoon after a report that The Rock had no-showed WWE RAW. Hours later the story was that The Rock was injured. Dwayne Johnson later confirmed the injury but a deeper look at the situation is a story that doesn’t add up.

Wrestling Observer editor Dave Meltzer created the firestorm on Monday when he broke a big story late in the afternoon. Meltzer wrote that the WWE were in a panic that The Rock had not shown up to the RAW building.

“There is absolute panic at Raw at this moment as the show was scheduled to build to a segment where Brock Lesnar beat up Rock to set up next year’s WrestleMania main event. However, Rock is not there and the word at the building is he went home.”

Speculation ran wild on the social media channels as to what happened to The Rock. Was he double crossed on the finish of his WrestleMania match? Was he double crossed in the Brock Lesnar angle, expecting something different? Not since Steve Austin walked out of RAW after refusing to job to Lesnar was there this much speculation. Than all of the sudden the story changed.

Meltzer (who by reading his Observer reports over the years would appear to be a friend of The Rock’s) reported a couple of hours later that The Rock was indeed not at RAW but he was not there because he was injured. Meltzer wrote that The Rock was injured in his match with Cena and went home.

And that is when the lie detector went off in my head. Something wasn’t right here. It just didn’t add up. Then the last piece of this messy puzzle to fall into place came at around 8 PM, coincidentally right before Monday Night RAW went on the air when Dwayne Johnson tweeted about his injury.

“In the middle of last nights Wrestlemania match I tore my abdomen & adductor muscles off the bone. Just part of the job. But as we know.. .It’s all about #JustBringIt. WWE Universe THANK YOU for all the love & well wishes. Means everything to me. #LeaveItAllInTheRing” – @TheRock

The RAW announcers brought it up first thing at the start of the show. They acknowledged Rock’s tweet and talked about the injury. The more they talked, the less I believed them. Something is up and this whole injury story seemed stranger to me than the logic of Triple H going over Brock lesnar.

Here is what we know or at least what is reported. Vince McMahon was in a panic because The Rock didn’t show up. Dave Meltzer publishes a story about it and a few hours later it’s an injury, and then minutes before RAW Dwayne Johnson decides to tweet about it.

Something just doesn’t add up!

If The Rock was really injured after the match as he says, you would expect Vince McMahon or someone close to him to know. You would also expect that they would be aware ahead of time that The Rock isn’t coming to RAW. Johnson is a pro and if he is hurt and went home, he’d tell them. If this injury really did occur, why did it take so long for Rock to tweet about it? Why wasn’t WWE.com on top of it with a story? It doesn’t add up.

What do I think really happened? I think there was a dispute over something with Rock and Vince McMahon. I can’t tell you what it was but I could take a few guesses. One may be the idea that he was getting laid out by a guy who just lost the night before. Another may be the fact that he was not expecting to get laid out period and had other ideas presented to him. Maybe he didn’t want to endorse Cena, although I don’t think it was it. I don’t know what it was but my money is on that he had some kind of problem with something that was told to him yesterday or this morning and decided to go home.

I also think that cooler heads prevailed and whatever the impasse was resolved by RAW time or they agreed to disagree and revisit it this week. Nonetheless, the WWE went into full spin control and convinced Rock to send out a tweet, ironically minutes before RAW went on the air. Regardless, something doesn’t add up.

One thing you can probably count on here. The Rock is out for Extreme Rules and is probably out until at least SummerSlam, if not for good. Meltzer is probably the key to revealing this story but he seems to be either on board with the spin or has hit a wall on his sources. The beauty of pro wrestling in 2013 is someone will talk and it may not be today, tomorrow, or next week, but if something is up, it will come out eventually.

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an M.B.A. from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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