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Bruce Prichard Talks The Rock’s WWE Contract Not Being Renewed in 2004

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WWE’s Bruce Prichard took to his podcast, “Something To Wrestle,” to talk about several professional wrestling topics.

Here are the highlights:

How The Rock’s contract expired:

I do know [Vince McMahon’s] intent was never to ever let a contract expire with Rock. And there was a period prior to this when Rock had done the football movie with the little girl in it [The Game Plan, which actually came out in 2007] … there was a time when a lot of his people in Hollywood that were around him would continually tell him, that’s when he dropped the Rock name from everything he was doing and just wanted to be known as Dwayne.

And they were like, ‘You’ve gotta get that wrestling behind you!’ I don’t believe for even a half of a second that The Rock ever really wanted to get wrestling behind him. It’s in his blood. It’s his family, it’s his legacy. And there were those around him I think, that stirred up enough of that, and they would get that out in their gossip circles. And look, the Hollywood people have just as many dirt sheets and gossip mongers like the lowlifes that inhabit our business, that like to stir that kind of s**t up.

And I think that if anything, that that misunderstanding came from a lot of that, and feeling that ‘Rock’ll be here forever,’ you know what I mean? And unfortunately, I guess — and again, I wasn’t involved in it, but I guess that somehow it slipped through the cracks. And somehow there was that black hole that somehow it got missed.

How the situation got worked out:

And it did get rectified, because whenever you finally get people together to actually speak and talk, and be reasonable, things usually have a way of working themselves out. And Rock made it very clear that WWE was his family, and that he wasn’t interested in not being a part of the family.

He couldn’t be full-time, and we understood that. We knew that. And that wasn’t the best thing for Rock and/or WWE for him to be full-time. He was out there, and it all got reconciled, and Rock — same thing. Rock came home and is still a part of the family. Stronger than ever.

Also Read: WWE Posts a Video of The Rock at the WWE Performance Center

H/T 411Mania for the transcriptions

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