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.

[adinserter block=”1″]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 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.

[adinserter block=”2″]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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  1. It is all a FAKE, Rock was never injured, then he posts the FAKE picture of him in the hospital which was Photoshopped. If i was him with the money has, i would done a better job FAKING things.

  2. He forgot to limp and grimace in pain after the match. Lol. Then he remembered later and thought Oh oh. After sustaining such an ” Injury” surely someone would show signs of injury nomatter how strong and fit you are. Ha!!Rock darling,, Man up and just accept your rock behind was whipped to pulp. Lol. I just feel sorry for his millions that worship him that they are going to be let down yet again. I wonder what story he is cooking for when he shows up his face for the first time after his disappearing act,,,,

  3. Also worth remembering that the guy looks awesome but isn’t getting any younger – 41 this year I think. A 12 month feud with Lesnar would take him up to near 42 and surely retirement, given how busy he is etc as well, and Lesnar doesn’t currently hold a title and isn’t lilely to if The Rock is going to be his main focus over the coming year – so with The Rock’s career coming unto it’s twilight era has he thrown his rattle out of his pram because he’s just realised he’s just lost his last title?

    So many possibilities, the only thing we can really be certain on is that he didn’t look bloody injured!

  4. It is what it is why speculate why he did or why he didnt . While he was there he put his charm on and had the crowd going and those at home. We all knew he is filming not one but alot so juggling wrestling and filming thats takes alot time and effort. Hurt or not when he comes back I will still be watching kudos to him for doing what he does best thats be The Great One. We all have our opinion It part of Entertainment which we all were and left wondering what the hell just happen. (excuse my french).

  5. Maybe he thought his acting carrier was on the rocks, so he wanted something to fall back on. Come on ,, with his hundreds lol of movies he is going to do this year alone,, when is he going to find time to do all this? Come on now Rocky you are not God , you cannot be everywhere at the same time and you are not a machine. It’s going to take a tole on you big guy no matter how HUGE you think you are. Me I think he is not going to be wrestling that much. Imagine the MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of his fans. Hah!

  6. what do you think , he was back just to promote his name and the G.I. JOE movie Vince just got used this time, but I bet he had his suspicion all along

  7. There certainly had to be some planned time out to promote Pain & Gain but surely that’d have been played into a story in the ring and not a last minute thing? Or he’d have just not been used as usual when he’s busy. I’ve not been the biggest fan of his comeback, on his returning show he promised the crowds that he was back and was back for good then wasn’t seen for weeks – only really consistently appearing in PPV’s. I’m not a die hard fan but if a sportsman that popular has that much of a following then he should stick to his promise, or he should have been honest and said he’d wrestle between films (although that probably wouldn’t be overly popular!).
    Be a film star OR be a wrestler, Rock, but not a diva. Really doesn’t suit you.

  8. The injury is fake. He thinks everything he touches turns to gold and he is in denial that his ass was whipped. Walking out did he show any sign of being in pain???!!! He is human ,right ?? What a lame excuse from such a HUUUGE man!! Nxaaah !!!

  9. lol yea good point, i think thats a stunt double maybe. i dont know about you guys but tearing flesh away from bone seems like a PRETTY BAD injury to me…..and I seen no signs of that at all.

  10. and here I thought the injury was to cover for him doing the rounds to promote his next movie coming out in a couple of weeks.

  11. Yeah, it ain’t gonna stay a secret for long and I fully agree it does stink. I watched Mania last night and the cameras were all around Johnson after the match, he didn’t look like someone who had an ab injury. I appreciate that when you’re “in the zone” you may well not notice but post-match he and Cena were doing a lot of hand raising and waving to the crowds, not once did he seem in pain or restricted.
    My possible theory is that Cena is considered top of the game at the moment, the highest calibre opponent. Triple H is still hot but has passed his prime and clearly no longer in the same lsague as Cena any more yet The Rock is now to have a long feud with someone overturned by him – I think he felt possibly felt insulted by the drop in calibre. Feuding with no.1 and then with someone lower must have tasted a little bitter.

  12. whatever it is, chances are high that the secret will be out sooner or later. After all, the internet is BAAAAAAAD at keeping secrets.


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