The Rock Announces He Will Appear at WWE WrestleMania 32

WWE will be absent a number of big names for WrestleMania 32 because of injury, but the company can count on one of its biggest Superstars to appear in Arlington, Texas, on April 3.

On Instagram, The Rock confirmed Monday he will be at the biggest pay-per-view of the year:

It remains to be seen whether The Rock will actually wrestle or instead show up in a non-wrestling role similar to his appearance at WrestleMania 31 with Ronda Rousey. He played a similar role at WrestleMania 30, opening the show with Hulk Hogan and Stone Cold Steve Austin.

The 10-time world champion hasn't actually wrestled in a WWE ring since his defeat to John Cena at WrestleMania 29. During that match, he tore the abdominal and abductor tendons off his pelvis, according to Doug Kyed of

The chances The Rock steps inside the squared circle for anything other than a more ambassadorial role are extremely slim. TheWrestling Observer (via Wrestle Zone's Nick Paolino) reported in November his movie commitments will preclude him from competing.

That situation could change over the coming months, but that change would have to happen with enough time for WWE to build a storyline around The Rock's match.

Either way, simply having the "Brahma Bull" show up at WrestleMania will be a nice bonus for WWE. His appearance is bound to create buzz, and non-wrestling segments—such as last year's with The Rock, Rousey, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon—are a necessary inclusion on a four-hour show.

Plus, with Cesaro, Seth Rollins, Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton among those likely to miss WrestleMania, WWE can't afford to have The Rock sit at home this spring.


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