‘The Rock’ Johnson returns to WWE for first time since 2019, hits wrestler with People’s Elbow

Finally, The Rock has returned to Denver.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stepped into a WWE ring Friday night for the first time since 2019 and gave everyone a show.

The Rock was in Boulder, Colorado, earlier in the day on “The Pat McAfee Show.”
With WWE’s “SmackDown!” in nearby Denver, the rumor mill was churning.
McAfee appeared in the ring with Austin Theory doing a promo in which the former punter said it’s “the people’s show.”

“Do you know what that means?” McAfee asked.

One of The Rock’s nicknames was The People’s Champ, and one of his signature moves was The People’s Elbow. So, McAfee was hinting at Johnson’s attendance.

A few seconds later, The Rock’s “If You Smell” blared through the loudspeakers, and the crowd gave one of the loudest roars in recent WWE memory.
The Rock stood on the stage for well over a minute to soak in the boisterous crowd, and high-fived some fans as he made his way to the ring. He even took a selfie with fans.
When his music stopped, chants of “Rocky” rolled through the crowd.

But that didn’t stop Theory from taking his shots at The Rock, both on the mic and then with his fists.

That only lasted a few seconds.
He officially retired from professional wrestling in 2019, but The Rock hit Theory with a spinebuster. And while Theory lay in the middle of the mat, The Rock struck with his electrifying People’s Elbow.

McAfee also hit Theory with the move.

The Rock’s music then blared again, and he received a standing ovation.

The Rock is one of the most decorated superstars in WWE history, winning the WWE championship eight times.
WWE legend Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson teased his possible return to wrestling, and it may happen in Philadelphia.

The match would be against his cousin, Roman Reigns.

In an interview on Friday with ESPN, The Rock said he is “open” to taking on Reigns at WrestleMania 40. The event takes place in South Philadelphia in April.

The Rock says there is “potential” for it to happen.

WWE fans will remember, that Philadelphia played host to The Rock’s first WrestleMania main event, as he faced ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin in 1999.
The Rock teased a WWE comeback on the Pat McAfee Show earlier in the day, discussing the possibility of showing up at WrestleMania 40 in April 2024.

A few hours later, McAfee started the latest episode of SmackDown, trash-talking with Theory in the squared circle for a brief moment.

Then, The Rock’s entrance music blasted from the speakers – and the audience lost it.

The Rock and Theory stared each other down after the WWE icon made his way to the ring.
The SmackDown star then boastfully vowed to beat the entire Mount Rushmore of wrestling.

He further aggravated The Rock by claiming it didn’t matter what the 10-time world champion had to say.

“The Rock is going to whoop your candy a** all over Denver,” Johnson finally said.

Theory dealt the first punch, grabbing the 51-year-old by his head and punching him a number of times.
But just a few seconds later, Johnson sent him bouncing off the ropes and tumbling to the mat.

He then delivered the people’s elbow to Theory, sending the crowd into a frenzy.

And McAfee piled on, using The Rock’s signature move to make the 26-year-old writhe again.

Later in the episode, The Rock was seen embracing John Cena in a touching moment for WWE fans.

“Welcome home,” Cena told The Rock.

“Good to be here,” The Rock responded with a smile.

The Rock returned to the WWE for the first time since October 2019 when he appeared on the 20th anniversary episode of SmackDown.

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