The Rock says a match against Roman Reigns at WWE Wrestlemania 39 came “really close” to happening

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson appeared on The Pat McAfee Show and commented on the rumors that he was going to have a match against Roman Reigns at WWE Wrestlemania 39

“That was locked. We were doing it. But let me just tell you… In the beginning of 2022, Nick Khan, he was very instrumental in bringing Vince McMahon and I together. We all flew to LA. We met, we sat. This is the beginning in 2022. We toasted life, toasted the business we love. About an hour later, we started talking about the potential of what this match could be between myself and Roman Reigns headlining WrestleMania at SoFi. We shook hands and we hugged right there, all three of us at the table, and said, ‘let’s do this.’

We had a year to really think about this. Let’s not do something good. Let’s not do something great. Let’s do something unprecedented. What can we create for the fans that has never been done before in a match? But the bigger thought was, what can we do for the fans in this business that we love where WrestleMania isn’t the end of something, it’s actually the beginning of something bigger?

So we got really close but we couldn’t actually nail what that thing was. So we decided to put our pencils down, and then we agreed, hey, listen, there is a merger coming up. Eventually that will happen. There’s WrestleMania in Philadelphia… I’m open.”