13The Rock: Refuses To Work With Shawn Michaels
What would have been an absolute classic was surprisingly turned down by The Rock. During an episode of The Ross Report, Michaels broke the news that The Rock turned down a match against the Showstopper. According to Shawn, Patterson asked Michaels about doing a program with The
Rock, and Michaels was excited about the possibility having never fought against The Rock before. When The Rock was asked about the match, Shawn claims Rock simply said he wasn’t interested.
The Rock has also refused to work some angles in the ring. One that comes to mind was with Bubba Dudley in a tag match. Bubba was extremely ticked off when The Rock refused to take a spot that Bubba had come up with. The plan was for Stacy Keibler to distract The Rock, allowing the Dudleys to take over the match. The Rock agreed with Bubba that it would be a good idea, but just not for his image. Originally, Bubba thought it was a joke, but ultimately realized it was not and The Rock was really not on board.
The Rock also initially refused to take shots from Cena during their build off to their clash at WrestleMania. Rocky wasn’t too comfortable with John’s personal attacks pertaining to his Hollywood career. This time Rock would not get his way, and Cena was given the green light to fire on all cylinders.