The Rock’s Done?

Hey Scott.

This was tweeted by The Rock earlier today:

"Mania may have been my last match. The 3 year goal was to come in & elevate the @WWE. Then proudly "do the honors". #RockTalk"

So, yeah. Rock's probably done. Again. 

Any thoughts?

I made my peace with him leaving in 2004 and everything else is just gravy anyway.  

Rock’s “Injuries”

Hi Scott,

Over the past week, there's been a lot of speculation that Rock's injuries were completely fabricated and were used to get him out of a potentially embarrassing and hostile reaction the night after WM.  And why I realize that Rock is in exceptional shape, the alleged severity of his "injuries" completely contradicts both his behaviors (he tore all those abdominal muscles completely off the bone, and he's not doubled over in pain? He's able to stand up straight? He's able to breathe without any noticeable difficulty?) and his words (he's not going to have surgery for muscles that allegedly were COMPLETELY TORN OFF THE BONE? What, they'll just magically reset themselves correctly and heal flawlessly?).  And then apparently he's back to training a few days later after suffering multiple severe injuries?  And by the way, didn't Goldberg suffer a similar injury – but to a lesser extent – in football which ended his football aspirations?

Add on to this that Rock took off with no one knowing, and that WWE barely acknowledged him on RAW except to mention "oh yeah, he's hurt," and it definitely makes for a fishy situation.  So now that a few days have passed, what do you make of it all?

Rock is making a super-expensive blockbuster in a few weeks, and you can't just bullshit insurance companies by claiming that you have a torn ab muscle one week and then going to shoot the movie the next.  The pay that Rock was getting from WWE is peanuts next to the money he makes from his day job.  It's gotta be a legit injury.

Rock’s Workout Clothes

Hey Scott,
Got a question I was hoping you could help with.  I'm going through Raw week by week from 1999, and I was wondering if you knew why The Rock worked January to Wrestlemania wearing what looks like workout attire, as opposed to his normal trunks.  I don't recall ever seeing this answered anywhere else, and it just looks…weird.

Well, Billy, when wrestlers or bodybuilders take a lot of a substance that we in science call "steroids" or "the juice", one of the side-effects is the development of a medical condition known as "man-boobs" due to the ratio of estrogen and testosterone getting put out of whack.  Plus Rock is half-Samoan, and they're prone to that anyway.  Just look at Rikishi.  So in late 98, Rock had surgery done to correct that problem, and rather than walking around with scars on his pecs like someone who just had a boob job done, he chose to wear the track suit until they healed.