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The Rock’s WWE Return Reportedly Set For Survivor Series 2021

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at July 22, 2021

The Rock has become the latest attraction linked to a return in a wild week filled with major return rumors,

Andrew Zarian of the Mat Men podcast (h/t Wrestling Inc) reported The Rock is expected to return at the Survivor Series 2021 pay-per-view. Zarian previously broke stories of WWE NXT moving to Tuesday nights among other stories.

The Rock’s potential return has been one of the worst-kept secrets in wrestling, and the latest report comes on the heels of a pair of blockbuster AEW rumors yesterday. On Wednesday, Fightful Select reported CM Punk was negotiating an in-ring return which could land him in AEW, while reported Daniel Bryan was “100% locked in” with AEW. With WWE and AEW now jockeying for position with live crowds returning, there is suddenly a budding war within the war to create buzz around each respective product.

Given the stature of names set to return to pro wrestling, both companies are succeeding in that department.

The Rock returning to WWE is all but a formality with Rock’s cousin Roman Reigns currently dominating SmackDown as its overpowered Universal champion. Reigns has trumpeted himself as The Head of the Table of the Anoa’i Family, a distinction where only The Rock can truly challenge him as the alpha of the legendary family. Reigns’ dominant run has featured wins over the likes of Kevin Owens, Cesaro, Daniel Bryan and Edge—in an already iconic double-pin victory at WrestleMania 37—and Edge once again in the main event of Money in the Bank 2021.

Last week, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Wrestling Inc) reported that a potential Reigns-Rock showdown wouldn’t necessarily be for the Universal Championship, but rather a tag team match in order to minimize The Rock’s injury risk. The potential tag team showdown could see The Rock and Reigns pair with an Uso.

The Usos won their seventh tag team championship this past weekend at WWE Money in the Bank amid controversy stemming from Jimmy Uso’s recent DUI arrest. Meltzer recently reported that WWE’s absence of discipline for Uso’s latest run-in with the law is due to WWE prioritizing future plans with The Rock, Reigns and the Anoa’i family.

No location has been officially announced for Survivor Series 2021, however Zarian (h/t WrestleTalk) recently reported that plans call for the Big Four pay-per-view to be held in Brooklyn, likely inside the Barclays Center.

Reigns has been Universal champion for 320 days.


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