One thing is for certain—The Rock is the new WWE champion—but what’s less certain is The Brahma Bull’s long-term future in the company.
He’s been showing up in the WWE here and there since just before WrestleMania 27, and odds are that he’ll enter WrestleMania 29 still holding the WWE Championship.
But where does he go from there?
The widespread expectation is that, especially after what transpired at WrestleMania 28, The Rock will drop the WWE Championship to John Cena at WrestleMania 29 in what will be a “passing of the torch” of sorts.
If that’s indeed the case, then does that mean that this will be The Rock’s last run in the WWE?
Many think so.
Assuming The Rock does drop the WWE title to Cena, he will have accomplished just about anything and everything he could have dreamed of accomplishing when he came back two years ago, including main-eventing two WrestleManias and winning the WWE Championship.
The question for The Rock, however, is whether or not all of the success and fun he’s had over the last two-plus years will make him want more.
After all, you can see by The Rock’s reactions and those goosebumps that he always points out that he still loves performing in front of the WWE fans inside the squared circle.
There’s no greater thrill for The Rock than performing for his “millions…and millions” of fans on live TV. That’s an incredible feeling that he just can’t get from movies.
Movies mean more money and fame for The Rock than wrestling ever has or ever will, but The Rock was a wrestler first and foremost. It’s clear that he still loves the business to this day—otherwise, he wouldn’t be back in the company at all.
The Rock is already firmly entrenched as one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. He’s one of the highest-paid actors around, and he’s got movies galore coming out in 2013.
That’s why you have to wonder: Why? Why does The Rock continue to hang around the WWE?
Despite taking greater risks and making less money there than he would in movies, The Rock loves the WWE and he loves pro wrestling. It’s really that simple.
It’s been clear from his last two years in the company that, even if he isn’t going to be a full-timer who does house shows ever again, his love for the WWE and passion for pro wrestling has only grown.
When he returned to the WWE two years ago, he appeared very sporadically, and no one knew if he’d ever even step foot in the ring again. But when The Rock was around pro wrestling for the first time in almost a decade, he remembered how much he enjoyed it.
That made him decide to come back for a major WrestleMania feud and match with John Cena. That still wasn’t enough for him, though.
The Rock wanted to hang around the WWE for a little bit longer. He wanted to wrestle CM Punk, and he wanted to win the WWE Championship.
He’s already accomplished both of those things, but he isn’t done yet. Not by a long shot.
Although The Rock has taken some criticism for his performances in his few matches he’s had since his return, it’s clear that the guy “still has it,” both in terms of cutting promos and putting on good matches.
He can still do everything you want a pro wrestler to do, and, perhaps more importantly, he’s still arguably the biggest pro wrestling draw walking the face of the earth right now.
That’s why The Rock will have a place in the WWE as long as he wants it, and judging by the fact that he keeps coming back and still gets goosebumps when he does, he indeed still wants it.
While WrestleMania 29 may mark the end of his current run in the WWE, there hasn’t been a whole lot to suggest that The Rock will be completely done with wrestling after the PPV.
He still draws, he can still go and obviously, he still has the desire to.
Barring an unforeseen change in his mindset, The Rock won’t be leaving the WWE after WrestleMania 29 or anytime soon.
Although he’ll never be a full-time performer who works house shows again, don’t be surprised if The Rock wrestles in the WWE once again after ‘Mania.
His gas tank is still full, and he’s not going to hit E for a very long time.
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!