The Rock has fired back against an online critic while also talking about his recent heel turn.
At the WrestleMania 40 Kickoff event in Las Vegas, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson appeared on stage with top WWE stars including his cousin Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, World Heavyweight Champion Seth “Freakin” Rollins, and the 2024 Royal Rumble winner Cody Rhodes.
While some fans might have thought that The Rock was there to take Cody’s spotlight as a WrestleMania 40 main eventer, The Rock certainly played into that, but he also did it by mocking the “Cody Crybabies” referring to the WWE fans and played into a heel persona by saying he wanted to face Reigns to honor their family legacy. The fans booed that, but they did like it when Cody said he would face Reigns at WrestleMania after all.
After words were exchanged, The Rock slapped Cody in the mouth before they were all separated. It was clear that in WWE world, for now, Rock was in heel mode in this story. After performing in front of the cameras, Rock told WWE’s Chief Content Officer Triple H to “fix this.”
On X/Twitter, The Rock responded to an online critic that claimed Rock and Oprah Winfrey did not give any money to victims in Maui, Hawaii who dealt with wildfires in August 2023. Hundreds were dead while thousands were misplaced, so Rock and Oprah launched a charity fund to support victims. There were also critics of Rock and Oprah for asking for money since they are so wealthy, which is something Rock & Oprah recognized even though both of them donated at least $5 million each.
In a lengthy message on X/Twitter, The Rock responded to comments about the fire money. The man who criticized confused the “Maui” chants with the name of the city when in reality people were chanting it for Rock’s Moana character also named Maui. Regardless, Rock felt the need to post a lengthy reply where he confirms that “Our People’s Fund of Maui” has delivered over $50 million to people that need it.
I typically refrain from responding to toxic, false clickbait garbage like this because I hate dignifying bulls**t with a response, but when you use Hawaii’s tragic events to draw attention to yourself I won’t stay quiet.
This moment you’re referring to is from our @WWE press conference this past Thursday where I turned “heel” – wrestling parlance for bad guy. I’m playing it up with our crowd as they boo. It’s what we do in our WWE universe, and we all love every second of it.
For the record: Our People’s Fund of Maui has already DELIVERED over $50 MILLION DOLLARS to over 8,000 survivors who were affected by the fires, and I’m grateful to the bone that we’ve been the primary funders.
Hawaii is where I grew up, where I raise my children throughout the year and where my ancestors are buried. These are my Polynesian people and these are OUR American people. You can’t imagine how much they are still struggling daily to put their lives back together and take care of each other. Our Poly American people are as resilient as people come, and they will raise and get back on their feet.
Nick, instead of posting bulls**t like this that you know is false – I encourage you to post something positive for Hawaii, for our Polynesian American people. Or actually take positive action and come to Hawaii to help out in an uplifting way. I’m in Hawaii now, and I guarantee you, you’ll get great content that can actually make a difference in people’s lives. Genuinely.
Let’s put our energy and our online platforms into lifting people up. Acknowledging the good things that people do. Raising awareness for the suffering in ways that can effectively help. It takes so much effort to be negative, and create and spread bulls**t – but when you spread positivity, kindness, and lead by example you can really impact lives.
I’m sorry to all our Poly/Hawaiian ohana of Maui, for shining light on this toxicity as you struggle through tough times – I always try to be Na’au Pono.
The Rock Set To Appear On WWE SmackDown
As for what’s next in his WWE run, The Rock and cousin Roman Reigns are set to appear on the February 16th edition of Smackdown in Salt Lake City, Utah. It has yet to be announced if Cody Rhodes will be there, but based on the current storyline, that does seem likely.
That episode of Smackdown will be a double taping since WWE is taping the February 23rd episode of Smackdown as well due to the Elimination Chamber PLE taking place in Australia on February 24th.
Check out Rock’s X/Twitter post below.
I typically refrain from responding to toxic, false clickbait garbage like this because I hate dignifying bullshit with a response, but when you use Hawaii’s tragic events to draw attention to yourself I won’t stay quiet.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) February 11, 2024