The Great Muta, a legendary wrestler, wanted The Rock to face him in a retirement match, but The Rock didn't agree.

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March 24th 2023.

The Great Muta, a legendary wrestler, wanted The Rock to face him in a retirement match, but The Rock didn't agree.


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The Rock could not be enticed to make an appearance in The Great Muta's retirement run, as the Japanese wrestling legend confirmed that he had asked the WWE star but that it was 'too expensive'. Mutoh also shared that he had met The Rock a few times before and jokingly asked for royalties for his People's Elbow move, which was allegedly a mimic of Mutoh's own. Fans had been hoping for The Rock's return to the ring to face his cousin Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 39, but this did not come to fruition.

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The Great Muta admitted he was uncertain as to why WWE had chosen to induct him, as he had never actually wrestled for their company. His final singles match was against Shinsuke Nakamura, which was originally planned for the Tokyo Dome, only for WWE to not approve the request. The match was eventually added as his last singles match as The Great Muta, and he will now be inducted to the 2023 Hall of Fame alongside Rey Mysterio and the late Andy Kaufman. The Nature Boy Ric Flair will be honouring Mutoh, with whom he had fought countless times over the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.



The Great Muta was resolute in his intention to bring The Rock back into the ring, but it wasn't to be. The Japanese wrestling icon, Keiji Mutoh, has revealed that he tried to persuade Dwayne Johnson to have a comeback match as part of his retirement, but it was deemed too expensive. Mutoh joked with The Rock that he should pay 'royalties' for imitating his move, but it was all in good humour.

The Rock's absence was also felt at WrestleMania 39, where he wasn't available to face his cousin Roman Reigns.

Despite his illustrious career, The Great Muta is 'still not sure why WWE chose to induct him' into the Hall of Fame. He originally wanted his final match to be against Shinsuke Nakamura at the Tokyo Dome, but WWE did not give their approval. Nonetheless, Muta got his wish and had his final single match against Nakamura on January 1st.



The 2023 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will see The Great Muta honored alongside Rey Mysterio and the late Andy Kaufman, with Nature Boy Ric Flair giving the speech as Muta and Flair had numerous battles for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.



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