“The Great One” made his surprise return to WWE on Friday. He came to the ring and had a confrontation with Austin Theory after the latter interrupted Pat McAfee. The Rock hit Theory with a People’s Elbow, and he later hugged John Cena backstage.
On September 17, The Rock took to Twitter to comment on his return. he noted that it was one of the top five loudest crowd reactions of his career.
The full message is as follows:
“I was – I’m still – completely blown away by this crowd reaction in Denver this past Friday night on SMACKDOWN.
“My appearance was a 100 surprise to everyone and this crowd of 14,000 erupted with the road of 100,000 strong. Top 5 loudest crowd reaction of my career (which I was like “holy shit” when I walked out)
I’m so grateful and humbled by this. I never take it for granted and “coming home” will always be sacred to me. Thank you my guy PatMac, the talented Austin Theory, WWE family backstage, Team Rock behind the scenes – everyone who joined us to go ALL IN.
But most importantly, thank you with all my love, gratitude, and respect, to THE PEOPLE. Our connection is real. Electrifying.”
The Rock’s appearance on SmackDown marked his first time live on WWE TV since the SmackDown on FOX premiere in October 2019.
Check out Pat McAfee’s comments about sharing the ring with The Rock on Friday here.