Hollywood actor-slash-professional wrestler Dwayne Johnson pulled a shocker Monday evening (Tuesday morning Manila time) at Brooklyn when he appeared on the flagship program of the World Wrestling Entertainment titled “Monday Night Raw”.
Johnson, popularly known as “The Rock,” entered the Barclays Center as he turn Rusev’s segment into an electrifying confrontation scene, sending the crowd of 15,000 into frenzy.
This was Johnson’s first appearance after six months, or after he joined fellow legends Hulk Hogan and Steve Austin at the opening of WWE’s biggest spectacle WrestleMania XXX last April.
According to Examiner, neither Johnson nor the WWE announced his surprise cameo, especially at the advent where the eight-time WWE champion confirmed he will be filming the movie version of a hit TV program “Baywatch.”
“It turns out that The Rock was already in New York City when WWE hit town. Dwayne Johnson was meeting with Time Warner executives for other entertainment ventures, which just made it a perfect timing.
While the WWE might have planned this out in advance, they either kept it quiet or the call was made at the last minute to bring The Rock in for a crowd pleasing moment,” part of the Examiner report states.
Aside from the erupted crowd inside the venue, The Rock’s return became a hotcake seller in social media. His name trended alongside the hashtag #RAWBrooklyn on Monday evening.
In an interview by WWE.com, Johnson admitted they planned his return a “secret.”
“We wanted to do something special for the crowd tonight, and we created this moment. For a moment like this, it requires a lot of elements to come together to keep it private, to keep it quiet, nobody knew,” said Johnson. “I got a pretty cool job. I make movies and being on sets all around the world, but there’s nothing, nothing that can compare to that type of reaction and emotional connection with the people.”
The Rock’s return sparked speculations whether it would be just a “one-night affair” or he will be slugging in the squared circle soon, with the WWE’s next pay-per-view “Hell in a Cell” as the potential play date.