Originally, wrestler/actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was scheduled for surgery to repair damage he received during a rare wrestling match. Initially Johnson thought he could avoid surgery, however he tweeted Sunday (April 21), “Saw my Dr who had to push my intestines back thru the tear in my abdomen. Kinda romantic. Surgery is next week.”
However, Johnson didn’t appear at the Monday premiere of his new movie, Michael Bay’s “Pain & Gain,” and now the reason is clear. His rep confirms to E! Online that the actor underwent emergency surgery Monday, forcing him to sit out. Johnson had to have a last-minute hernia operation related to his injuries. When Bay was asked about the premiere absence, he said, “Dwayne’s hurt tonight,” adding, “[He] needs to grow up and stop wrestling 300-pound men.” Johnson’s rep says he is now resting at home.
Johnson later tweeted about the surgery, writing, “Surgery a success! Dr repaired 3 hernial tears (fun pain). Superman is on the mend. #WeFallWeRise” Attached to the tweet was a photo of him during his stay in the hospital.
Johnson injured himself during the main event of WWE’s Wrestlemania 29 on April 7. In a losing effort against WWE superstar John Cena, Johnson says he tore his abdominal and adductor muscles. When asked later what effect the injury would have on his in-ring career, Johnson admitted that he may be done with wrestling. He also revealed that he was going to be slated at next year’s Wrestlemania event in New Orleans against former UFC champion Brock Lesnar, who returned to the wrestling company in 2012, before his injury forced him to back away.