Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson He returned to WWE on the Friday Night SmackDown episode that took place on September 15, 2023. The former world champion was part of a promo between Pat McAfee and Austin Theory, where he had a physical altercation that ended in murder. at the Elbow of the People to the delirium of the people.
Many have wondered why The Rock appeared in WWE and there have been many answers given since then. Others point to a first contact with the company to prepare for his fight against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania. Some of the strike of Hollywood screenwriters and actors. Kevin Nash through his podcast Kliq Rhis, advocates more for the second option.
“He’s looking really good. He looks like he’s gained 5 kilos since the Colorado fight,” Kevin Nash commented with a laugh on the latest edition of his podcast. “They looked at the roster, and Theory was young, right? Like 26, something like that? They looked at the roster with guys who had worked with The Rock. To me that’s Austin Theory defended himself well against The Rock on screen“.
“Well, number one, Bato came back to keep his brand strong. Who knows how long the strike will last. Dwayne is doubly caught up in this, because he is not only a member of the Screen Actors Guild as an actor, but he is also a producer. I don’t think I would do it for the pay., but yes from a public relations point of view. “I don’t think it’s a bad thing to go back to where you started and show the world that you’re the biggest star in Hollywood.”
In the days following the appearance, it was reported that WWE and The Rock had not yet reached any further agreement, although a meeting could be held in the future to decide what to do. It was also reported that Cody Rhodes remains the first choice, suggesting that Cody is the opponent WWE has planned for Reigns at WrestleMania.