Recently, the The Rock went live on Instagram with fans, answering a number of questions in the hopes he might be able to provide some entertainment for people stuck at home during the COVID-19 crisis.
When asked if he misses professional wrestling he responded, “I do miss wrestling. I love wrestling. I loved professional wrestling. I loved it.” He went on to say:
Here’s what I loved about it. I loved creating with the pro wrestlers that I had great chemistry with, but the thing I miss the most about professional wrestling is just being able to connect with an audience every night. Every night was just a showcase. I didn’t give a s–t about being, as many of you know if you followed my career in pro wrestling, I didn’t give a s–t about being the biggest guy, the strongest guy, the loudest guy, the toughest guy, the guy who won all the time, the guy who was the craziest and jumped off the top of the cage, and moonsaults, and all that s–t… no, but by the way, there’s a purpose for those guys by the way and many of those guys are my friends. I just always cared about connecting with an audience, that was really the most important thing for me, so I do miss that part about pro wrestling, because there’s nothing like it. And there’s nothing like being able to listen to an audience, I love it.”
The Current Product and COVID-19 Crisis
He was also asked about the current wrestling product and what he thinks about it. He noted:
“But I do miss that, but also the wrestling business has changed, really dramatically since I was in it. Not to say that it’s changed for the worse or for the better, it’s just different, and I still follow it and I have a lot of love and respect for all the men and the women who continue to put their bodies on the line and by the way, it’s crazy that they’re continuing to put their bodies on the line through this pandemic. They’re just working hard and just wrestling, and sweating on each other, and just doing all this, but all in the name of entertaining the fans, which I think is always cool, because wrestling has always had this adaptability to it, that was always very cool. So, I do… thanks for asking me about that.”
He also was asked if he watches AEW wrestling and he noted, “Yeah, I do watch AEW. Of course I do, I’m very happy for the success of that company because it’s always a good thing, and it creates a hunger, which is good.”
It’s easy to believe The Rock when he says he watches it because this is the same guy who showed up to kick off the NFL SuperBowl a week before the XFL was going to get up and running again. He’s a “WWE guy” but at the same time, he’s not afraid to speak his mind, do what he wants and go where the paycheck is.