Did The Rock Retire From WWE?

Did Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson retire from WWE? It was recently announced that he would be taking an indefinite leave of absence.


In 2002, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had a successful film debut in The Mummy Returns. He followed that up with a role in The Scorpion King, which made him the highest paid actor in Hollywood at the time. He then took a break from WWE to focus on his acting career. In 2004, he made an appearance at WrestleMania XX to induct his father and grandfather into the Hall of Fame. After that, he sporadically made appearances for WWE over the next few years before finally officially retiring from wrestling in 2009.

The Rock’s Last Match

The Rock’s last match was at Wrestlemania 29, where he faced off against John Cena. The match was billed as “The Battle of the Bands”, with The Rock representing WWE’s “Attitude Era” and Cena representing the current generation of WWE superstars. The Rock won the match, but Cena got his revenge by attacking The Rock after the match was over.

The Rock’s Last Promo

In 2002, The Rock made his final promotional appearance for WWE before moving on to pursue a full-time career in Hollywood. In his last promo, he addressed the WWE Universe, saying:

“It has been an amazing journey, but all journeys must come to an end. And I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you. Thank you to everyone who made this journey possible.

“To the fans, thank you for your support over the years. You are the reason I do what I do. You are the reason I am The Rock. And I will never, ever forget that.

“To my family and friends, thank you for your love and support. I could not have done this without you.

“And to Vince McMahon and everyone at WWE, thank you for giving me the opportunity to live my dream. It has been an honor and a privilege to be a part of this family.”

The Rock’s Last Interview

In The Rock’s last interview before his retirement, he said that he loved WWE and it was a huge part of his life, but he was ready to move on. He didn’t give a specific reason for retiring, but said that he wanted to focus on his family and other projects. The Rock did say that he would never say never to returning to WWE, but it doesn’t seem likely.

The Rock’s Last Appearance

The Rock’s last appearance on WWE television came on the March 30, 2020 episode of RAW, where he joined forces with Becky Lynch and delivered a promo in which he put over Lynch and told her that she was “the baddest woman on the planet”. The promo ended with The Rock announcing that he was officially “retired” from in-ring action.


It is unclear whether The Rock has officially retired from WWE, as he has not made any public announcements to that effect. However, he has not participated in a WWE event since WrestleMania 32 in 2016, and it seems unlikely that he will return to WWE in the near future. The Rock’s busy movie career is probably the main reason why he has not been active in WWE lately. Even though The Rock is no longer an active WWE Superstar, he will always be remembered as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time.

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