Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Comments on WWE Sale Rumors
CNBC held a recent interview with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. One of the topics discussed included Johnson’s thoughts on the recent reports about WWE currently seeking a potential sale of the company to a new owner.
“I could tell you this, it’s an exciting brand, it’s a brand I’ve been very fortunate to have tremendous success over the decades. Also, for your viewers in the business world, the lineage goes back multi-generational for WWE. My grandfather wrestled for Vince McMahon Sr in the 70s, my dad wrestled for Vince McMahon in the 80s, and then I came along with the bad haircut and fanny pack and continued to wrestle for Vince as well. We’ve seen tremendous success over the years. I think it’s a very attractive company and I’m excited. I wish Vince and that company all the best.”
Johnson also gave his thoughts about Vince McMahon’s involvement in a potential sale of WWE.
“With the world of professional wrestling and WWE, it’s so unique. The fanbase is very large and very passionate. There is nothing like the WWE. With the new owners, if there are new owners, and acquirers who come in, they have to share that same passion that Vince has and for the world of pro wrestling. With a company like this that has been so incredibly successful over the years, a sale and acquisition can be very complicated. There is a unique anchor added, I believe, where Vince feels you have to find the right buyer who still has the passion and love for this unique world.”
Transcript h/t: Fightful.com
R-Truth Knee Injury Update
As noted before, R-Truth has been out of action for WWE since this past November due to a torn quad injury.
R-Truth recently provided an injury update on his official YouTube channel stating that he is still recovering from his injury but he had recently suffered an infection that required a second surgery.
“Still healing up. Still healing up from my quad injury. I’m going back to WWE. I just have to heal up. I had to have two surgeries, a lot of people don’t know that. I caught an infection, so I had to have another surgery. That set me back, but y’all know me, I’m coming back probably sooner than y’all think.”
Transcript h/t: Fightful.com
WWE News & Notes
PWInsider’s Mike Johnson reported that his sources stated that WWE’s upcoming Royal Rumble weekend will be an “all hands on” type of situation. Johnson reported that this is due to WWE officials currently planning to bring in a lot of talent even if they are not booked for the Royal Rumble 2023 event for media and WWE Network projects. Johnson also reported that WWE officials are also currently planning on bringing in some of their NIL talent for the weekend.
Fightful Select reported that their sources stated that despite his recent CryptoZoo scam controversy, WWE officials still currently have plans for Logan Paul to make a potential appearance at their upcoming Royal Rumble 2023 event. It was reported that WWE officials are currently hopeful of having Paul train for the upcoming Men’s Royal Rumble match and his recent controversy “in no way has factored into WWE’s decision to use him.”
Next week’s RAW 30th Anniversary show in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will feature a RAW Tag Team Championship between Judgement Day and champions The Usos. The Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer reported in Monday’s Daily Update that his sources stated the reason why only the RAW Tag Team titles and not Undisputed Tag Team titles are being defended is due to WWE officials had recently split up the titles. Meltzer reported that The Usos are now planned to defend their RAW and SmackDown Tag Team titles as separate title matches going forward and that this was a decision made by Paul “Triple H” Levesque.
NXT talent Amari Miller recently revealed in a now deleted TikTok post that she had attempted suicide this past week. Miller stated “Everything isn’t what it seems, mental health is hard, we should all speak out even though I know it’s hard, you are loved, fight through with me plz.”
Former WWE wrestler Tatanka announced on Twitter that he was originally scheduled to be among the WWE Legends making an appearance at next week’s RAW 30th Anniversary show but recently backed out due to family-related scheduling issues. Tatanka stated “Even though @WWE contacted me 5 weeks ago, I will not be attending the 30th Anniversary Show…instead, as noted, my Son’s Wrestling Team won the Regional Championship & we’re heading out of town to the State Championship! No better place I would rather be! #Father #Son Support!”
During a recent interview with the Busted Open Radio podcast, former WWE wrestler Manu revealed that WWE recently filmed content at his training facility for a new documentary based on The Samoan Dynasty. (Transcript h/t: PostWrestling.com)
During a recent interview with The Bellas podcast, former WWE ring announcer JoJo Offerman revealed that she will be getting married to Bray Wyatt later this year. Offerman stated “We’re not officially married, [we’re] engaged, but we will be married at the end of the year, We picked our date and everything. It’s fun, the kids are crazy.” (Transcript h/t: SESCoops.com)
WWE recently announced a new match for the card of their NXT Vengeance Day 2023 event on February 4th in Charlotte, North Carolina:
- NXT Tag Team Championship Triple Threat match – Pretty Deadly (Elton Prince & Kit Wilson) vs. Gallus (Mark Coffey & Wolfgang) vs. New Day (Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston) (c)