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Will The Rock Appear On Next Episode Of WWE Smackdown As Well?

10 months ago By Sports Desk

Wrestling fans across the globe were left in awe and anticipation after an electrifying episode of WWE Smackdown on September 15, 2023. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, a name that is synonymous with professional wrestling and Hollywood, made a surprise appearance, confronting Austin Theory and leaving him down and out with the iconic People’s Elbow. With such a powerful statement made, speculation is rife: Will ‘The Great One’ make another appearance on the September 22 episode, and is he setting the stage for a grand showdown at WrestleMania 40 next year?

It’s undeniable that when The Rock steps into the WWE arena, he brings an energy and presence that’s unmatched. The WWE Universe was sent into a frenzy with his unexpected cameo last week. That electrifying atmosphere has led to increasing buzz about whether this was just the beginning of a longer-term plan or merely a fleeting return.

The confrontation with Austin Theory, a young and rising star in the WWE, does open doors for numerous possibilities. A storyline involving a new-age wrestler like Theory and a seasoned legend like The Rock could be a dream setup leading to WrestleMania 40. Such a high-voltage confrontation would not only attract long-term WWE fans, nostalgic for the ‘Attitude Era’, but also reel in a newer generation keen on witnessing The Rock’s legendary charisma in the squared circle.

However, as with everything involving ‘The Rock’, there’s an element of mystery. Many insiders and pundits believe that the September 15 appearance could very well be a one-off. There are several factors at play that make this possibility plausible.

Firstly, The Rock’s foray into Hollywood has made him one of the most sought-after actors globally. His packed movie schedule, brand endorsements, and other commitments may make it challenging for him to stick to a regular WWE schedule. And even if he were able to carve out the time, would it be feasible for WWE to have him on week after week?

Another perspective to consider is WWE’s strategy. Historically, when big names like The Rock, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, or even John Cena make their returns, WWE has played the card judiciously. Ensuring that these appearances are spaced out makes them special, magnifies their impact, and creates a spike in viewership. If The Rock were to appear every week, it might dilute the anticipation and aura surrounding him.

However, one can’t ignore the allure and potential business boom that The Rock brings with him. His presence on WWE programming is almost always correlated with a spike in ratings. In an era where WWE competes with a multitude of entertainment options, having The Rock appear, even briefly, can boost viewership numbers and create a ripple effect in merchandise sales, network subscriptions, and overall fan engagement.

Fans are undoubtedly clamoring for another Rock appearance, but the ball lies squarely in the court of WWE and The Rock himself. Balancing fan expectations, business imperatives, and The Rock’s personal commitments will be the challenging puzzle WWE needs to solve.

In conclusion, as the next episode of Smackdown beckons, the million-dollar question remains: Will ‘The People’s Champion’ grace the WWE Universe with his presence once more, or was last week’s event a singular spectacle? Only time will tell, but one thing’s for sure: whenever The Rock decides to come back, whether it’s the next episode, WrestleMania, or any other event, the WWE Universe will be ready to lay the smackdown right alongside him. Whatever the outcome, The Rock’s legacy in WWE remains immortal, ensuring his ability to captivate audiences today, tomorrow, and forever.

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