The Rock calls 9/15 WWE SmackDown return a top five loudest reaction of his career

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Dwayne Johnson looks back at his return to WWE. 

This past Friday night on SmackDown, as Austin Theory and Pat McAfee were going back and forth in the ring, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson made his return to the company. 

Johnson and Theory traded verbal jabs and then it turned physical with Theory initiating the contact. Johnson ended up giving Theory a ‘People’s Elbow’ and told McAfee to hit him with the move as well. Johnson reflected on his return and expressed how grateful and humbled he is. He called the reaction he got from the audience a top five loudest reaction of his career. 

I was – I’m still – completely blown away by this crowd reaction in Denver this past Friday night on SMACKDOWN.

My appearance was a 💯 surprise to everyone and this crowd of 14,000 erupted with the roar 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,
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.

~ people’s champ ✊🏾

Earlier in the day, Johnson appeared on The Pat McAfee Show on ESPN and confirmed that he was supposed to face Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 39. He added that he’s open for WrestleMania 40 in 2024.

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