WWE fans loudly BOO video of The Rock’s SmackDown return during a live show in Knoxville… amid outrage over plans for wrestling legend to feature in WrestleMania main event
WWE fans attending a house show in Knoxville on Saturday night made their frustrations known with plans for Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson to replace Cody Rhodes in a match against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania.
The Rock made a shocking return to WWE television on Friday’s episode of Smackdown, when he went face-to-face with Reigns as the show went off the air.
That interaction along with the promos by Reigns and Rhodes that ruled out his return sent a clear message that WWE plans to have the legend-turned-Hollywood superstar challenge Reigns for the Universal Championship, much to the dismay of fans across the world.
Wrestling fans completely trashed the company’s decision on social media the day after The Rock’s appearance, as Rhodes’ rivalry with Reigns has been brewing for a long time, and that displeasure showed itself once again when the WWE Live event began in Knoxville.
As a clip of The Rock’s SmackDown return played on the video board in the arena, massive waves of boos were heard as his entrance music played.
Fans at a WWE show in Knoxville booed loudly after a video of The Rock’s return was played
Fans are not happy with The Rock seemingly ready to face Roman Reigns at WrestleMania
After his Royal Rumble win, fans hoped Cody Rhodes would ‘finish’ his story against Reigns
Rhodes became arguably the biggest babyface (wrestling term for a good guy) in the company and seemed to be in prime position to dethrone Reigns and take the title to finally ‘finish the story’ which for two years built.
Though rather than give the fan base they desperately wanted, WWE decided to change plans and set Rhodes up to challenge Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins, despite the fact that he had already beaten him in three previous high-profile matches.
Several reports have emerged since The Rock appeared on Smackdown to state that the company has changed plans following CM Punk’s torn triceps which will force him to miss WrestleMania while also trying to take attention away from the dark cloud of Vince McMahon’s sex-trafficking lawsuit hanging over the company.
Reports also mentioned that The Rock, who was recently named a member of the board of directors by WWE’s parent company TKO, used his newfound power to politicize his way into the game despite not being a regular artist in the company.
The same video of The Rock’s return that had fans booing in the arena was posted on WWE’s YouTube channel and quickly became the video with over 200,000 downvotes in the company’s history.