Paul Heyman was asked by Sporting News, about his recent appearance on Steve Austin’s podcast on the WWE Network and the seemly teased set up for a match with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 32 to which he responded:
“…I felt I would be remiss if I didn’t ask him what it would take for him to step into the ring with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 32. I can assure you Steve did not expect the question. Nor did I expect his answer. That’s also what I think generated so much interest in that. Again, you’re talking about Stone Cold Steve Austin and he is going to be forever someone that people fantasize about stepping back into the ring because he’s Stone Cold Steve Austin. Any time you offer something new for Brock Lesnar — let alone that it would involved Steve Austin — I could sit there and say Brock Lesnar versus Mr. X and people would say “I’ve never seen that match, I can’t wait to see Brock Lesnar versus Mr. X!” It’s something new, it’s something different. We’re going to take Mr. X to Suplex City. Then again when you offer the single biggest box office attraction of the Attitude Era, it takes on an even bigger meaning. So I’m not surprised how much that took off but the match is not going to happen.”
“If there was a way to make this match happen, it would have happened right after that podcast. And the answer that was pretty defined was this match ain’t gonna happen.”
The Rock has announced a partnership with the Ford Motor Company, where he’ll serve as the corporation’s new Spokesman of Service. Below is the official press release:
Dwayne Johnson Accepts Leading Role with Ford Service
DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 1, 2015 – Ford announced today its new advertising campaign for Ford service, “The Specialists at Ford” – featuring big-screen action hero, producer and business entrepreneur Dwayne Johnson.
“The Specialists at Ford” are an elite crew of Ford technicians led by Johnson. This dedicated team has all of the training, diagnostic tools and Motorcraft parts that make servicing your vehicle at your local Ford dealership the right decision.
In addition to Johnson’s on-screen presence and producing success, he is a longtime Ford fan, owning three Ford vehicles – his favorite being F-150. His genuine appreciation of the brand makes the alignment of Ford service and Dwayne Johnson a great partnership.
Television ads will begin running Monday, Oct. 12, followed by radio, digital and social spots. The multiyear deal will feature a continuous stream of new content being developed – with Dwayne Johnson and “The Specialists” keeping the campaign fresh and exciting.