The Rock might be the biggest star in Hollywood these days, but he never forgets his wrestling roots.
WWE announced another save of releases this week that saw former world champion Braun Strowman on the chopping block with Aleister Black, Lana, Murphy, Santana Garrett and Ruby Riott.
Riott had been held in high regard by fans for a longtime for her in-ring work. Many believe she deserved more of a chance in WWE and her tag team with Liv Morgan was one of the only genuine female teams WWE had.
Still, she was part of a high-profile culling at the company and WWE legend The Rock had some kind words for the 30 year old on her Instagram post addressing the release.
“You will resurface. Stronger, wiser & better. (Thank you for the awesome birthday vid).”
To get that kind of endorsement from The Rock is no small thing and The Great One clearly still keeps his eye on the product.
Riott, who may now revert back to her popular indie name Heidi Lovelace, was very clear in her post that this is not the end and she will be a great pickup for any of AEW, IMPACT or anyone else for that matter.
WWE have released a host of talents over the past two months following WrestleMania. First of all 10 superstars were let go back on April 15, then NXT let go of nine stars a few weeks ago.
Major cuts to WWE’s staff in their international offices followed and then this week they let go of six more stars, many of which had held titles in the company.
The Rock has teased for a while that he’d like to return to WWE at some point and he has openly said that he believes a match against real-life cousin Roman Reigns would make the most sense for him.
WWE will hold WrestleMania at the AT&T stadium in Texas next April and then in Los Angeles the year after that. Whether it’s in front of 100,000 plus people in Texas or in the poetic setting of Hollywood the year after, The Rock seems destined to meet The Tribal Chief sooner or later.