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Steve Austin And The Rock Not Wrestling At WrestleMania, Sami Zayn Update
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Backstage News On Steve Austin & The Rock's WWE WrestleMania 39 Statuses
BY ERIC MUTTER / JAN. 31, 2023
For a brief time this past month, it looked like WWE could potentially have both Steve Austin and The Rock lined up for either Night One or Night Two of WrestleMania 39 this April. But as the dust settles from Royal Rumble weekend and the picture for WrestleMania becomes clearer, it instead seems that neither man will be wrestling in Los Angeles two months from now.
While it was already known that The Rock was unlikely to wrestle at WrestleMania 39, today's Wrestling Observer Radio reports that Austin also likely won't be wrestling, though doesn't rule out either man appearing at the event. "As far as Austin goes, Steve might be at the show, he might do something on the show, but he did, in fact, turn down wrestling at the show. He was offered Lesnar, he was offered Roman Reigns. He could've named his opponent if he wanted to do it with anybody else. But he did not choose to wrestle on the show. The same goes for Dwayne," according to WOR.
Before news emerged that he wouldn't be wrestling on the show, Rock was heavily rumored to challenge Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, who will now be taking on Cody Rhodes in the main event. Meltzer did note however that a Rock-Reigns Mania match could still be in the cards, just for WrestleMania 40 in 2024 instead. "He left the door open for next year, if he has more time," Meltzer said.
Sami Zayn is scheduled to be facing Roman Reigns at the WWE Elimination Chamber PPV in February in Montreal, Zayn's hometown.
Kota Ibushi is now a free agent. He will be appearing at Bloodsport and Joey Janela's Spring Break, as part of GCW's The Collective, this WrestleMania weekend.
Logan Paul inked a deal with the UFC to make his sports drink, Prime, the official drink of the mixed-martial arts promotion.
John Cena will be one of the leads in the upcoming Peter Farrelly film "Ricky Stanicky." Filming will take place during WrestleMania season in February and March in Melbourne, Australia. That's relevant to WrestleMania because the shoot is scheduled to cover the months of February and March.
During a recent interview with Renee Paquette on “The Sessions”, Samoa Joe discussed his 2021 WWE release and said he felt they were due to a “war” between upper management. "As I understand it, there was issues between the two upper echelons of management and they were playing out their war with the careers and the contracts of the people underneath them," Joe said. "After the initial [release], I didn't have much of a chance to breathe because essentially I was hired back within hours."
Following Cody Rhodes’ promo on RAW where he discussed wanting to "finish the story" his father, Dusty Rhodes, started long ago, Dustin Rhodes tweeted, "Finish the story, brother. #CodyRhodes."
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