With the 2023 Royal Rumble just hours away, Fightful Select has shared an update on the status of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.
According to the report, Fightful asked about The Rock and Austin and the talent they spoke with said nothing, but said it was “well known that WWE wanted them.” A talent revealed that the money boost between pitches in Austin for Brock Lesnar in the fall and Reigns in January was “significant” and it was obvious WWE “wanted him for something”.
While Fightful noted that they haven’t received any real confirmation or indication that The Rock is showing up tonight in San Antonio, Texas, several people who claim to have WWE connections swear the “Black Adam” star will show up. Along with making an appearance at the end of the 2015 Royal Rumble, The Rock’s last Royal Rumble where he was in the ring was in 2013. He ended up beating the then WWE Champion and former Superstar of WWE CM Punk for the title. One of his last 30 Royal Rumble matches was in 2001.
Austin, on the other hand, had one of his last 30 matches at the Royal Rumble in 2002. While it was Triple H who won in 2002, Austin had a lot of luck in those matches, he had some. won three in his career. In 2022, after 19 years, Austin made his in-ring return at WrestleMania 38, where he defeated Kevin Owens in a No Holds Barred Match.