The Rock is a bonafide Hollywood star and he simply does not have time to wrestle anymore. However, he used to be the top superstar in WWE. He also had some disputes backstage with Shawn Michaels.
On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer revealed why The Rock always refused to work with Shawn Michaels. This is what he said:
“There was a time when The Midnight Rockers were on a show in Hawaii and Rock’s grandmother was the promoter and I guess that there problems in the dressing room and Rock wanted to beat up Shawn I think. I think Shawn was acting like a dick, so that didn’t help.”
“Then when Rock was on his ascension, everyone will say this didn’t happen, but it did. It was very clear what was going on and there were certain people, Shawn being one of the key ones and it was pretty much to protect Hunter. Because Hunter and Rock were pretty much vying for the same spot.”
“So a lot of people saw that The Rock had a lot of friends and he had a lot of potential and I think that they wanted to make sure that he didn’t get there and I thin that he’s smart enough to see that happened. So when he got to the point where he was a big star, he didn’t want to work with [HBK].”
“Now today, he said since that he would do it but he’s not working with anybody today.”
So we never got to see HBK vs The Rock during their runs in the company, which is a shame. Thankfully, backstage politics is something the fans do not have to care about.
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h/t to Ringside News for the transcription.