– Speaking to Scott Fishman of TV Insider, former WWE writer Brian Gewirtz discussed the founding process of WWE and his thoughts on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s potential return for another WrestleMania match against Roman Reigns. Here are some highlights:
On the representation of professional wrestling in Young Rock: “It’s always been one of our main goals to change the way pro wrestling has been portrayed on network television. With our show, a network comedy, we really wanted to take a scalpel and show that these are real people with real lives. For Dwayne, it’s two families he’s paying homage to. There’s his real family and then some of that locker room wrestling lineage across generations. Then with me in WWE for a decade and a half it was very important that we do it right while taking the comedy out of everything because we also wanted to be funny This season is special even from a wrestling perspective because it’s so important in the three timelines we visit.
Gewirtz on the creative process in WWE: “Things change in a flash. Even when I was there, the process went through so many different changes. It was basically about finding the talent, putting something together, getting it on TV, and we’ll see how the public reacts and talks about it afterwards. Then, when the company went public, there were a lot more eyes on it. That can be a good thing for a showrunner like Vince McMahon. You know what you’re going to get when the show airs. But you can also stifle the creativity a bit in the wrestling business, which is known for off-the-cuff promotional skills like Ric Flair, Randy Savage, Roddy Piper. The idea of the writer at this time would be ridiculed outside the building. I can’t say exactly how it works these days, but I think it’s a good mix where some talent has gained confidence and leeway with promos while others go through a process. As far as I know in AEW, none of that exists. Awesome. I think it’s super cool to have as many options as possible.
Gewirtz on The Rock may return for one more match with Roman Reigns at WrestleMania: “I sometimes learn about Dwayne’s wrestling aspirations like everyone else: through his social media posts. There are so many factors that go into how Dwayne looks in terms of the WWE ring. Between his cinema program and his health. Notorious at WrestleMania against John Cena, this resulted in some pretty gruesome injuries that required surgery and the delay of the Hercules movie at the time. I also know that it is a passion and a business in which he was born and with which he was born. It never really goes away. I don’t know if you’ve seen the guy lately, but he’s in pretty good shape. I think he could probably do it if things got bad. I think it depends on what he wants to do and when. It depends on what Dwayne wants to do. I’m sure WWE would be more than happy to have him.