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Is ‘The Rock’ Returning to WWE for Smackdown's 1000th Episode?

Melissa Rodriguez | September 17, 2018
The Rock At Smackdown 1000
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“Do you smell what The Rock is cooking? The Rock will layeth the Smacketh Down all over your candy ass!”

Smackdown’s 1000th episode is set to air on October 16, and as the gap closes in on the landmark show, more details have trickled into the media. According to the wrestling podcast, Barnburner’s Fire Up, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is “very, very close” to signing a deal with WWE that will see him return for the 1000th episode of WWE Smackdown Live. Many believe the show was named after The Rock’s infamous catchphrase, so it only seems fitting the WWE icon would make an appearance.

But as WWE’s biggest mainstream crossover star and the highest-paid actor in the history of Forbes, The Rock is a very busy guy. He is currently filming the Disney theme park movie Jungle Cruise, with several other upcoming movies slated for filming through 2020.

This wouldn’t be the first time The Rock couldn’t make an appearance at a major WWE event, either. Fans were disappointed that he did not take part in the 25th anniversary of Monday Night Raw in January. Will The Rock be able to fit Smackdown Live into his packed schedule?

As the details of the show and The Rock’s involvement continue to emerge, one thing’s for sure: we’re so ready to go down Know Your Role Boulevard, which is on the corner of Jabroni Drive, and check directly into the Smackdown Hotel!


Who Is ‘The Rock’?


Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known by his ring name The Rock, was born in Hayward, California into a family of wrestlers. His father was professional wrestler Rocky Johnson; his maternal grandfather, "High Chief" Peter Maivia, was also a wrestler, and his maternal grandmother, Lia Maivia, was one of wrestling's few female promoters. In addition, several of Johnson's other (non-blood) relatives are or were professional wrestlers, including his uncles, Afa and Sika Anoaʻi (The Wild Samoans) and his cousins, Rodney (Yokozuna), Solofa (Rikishi), Matt (Rosey) and Eddie (Umaga).

Johnson attended the University of Miami on a full football scholarship, playing defensive tackle. In 1991, he was on the Miami Hurricanes' national championship team, playing until he was sidelined by an injury. Upon graduating in 1995, Johnson decided he wanted to be a wrestler.

At first, Johnson’s father protested at the idea, but then agreed to train his son himself, warning that he would not go easy on him. He received additional training from Tom Prichard, alongside Achim Albrecht and Mark Henry. After wrestling at Jerry Lawler's United States Wrestling Association as Flex Kavana and winning the USWA World Tag Team Championship twice with Bart Sawyer in 1996, Johnson signed a WWF contract.

Johnson made his WWF debut as Rocky Maivia, a combination of his father and grandfather's ring names. After losing the Intercontinental Championship to Owen Hart in the April 1997 episode of Raw Is War and suffering a legitimate knee injury in a match against Mankind, Maivia returned in August, joining Faarooq, D'Lo Brown and Kama in the stable called the Nation of Domination. He refused to acknowledge the Rocky Maivia name, instead referring to himself in the third person as The Rock, though he would still be billed as Rocky "The Rock" Maivia until 1998. As The Rock, he insulted the audience in his promos as well as WWF television interviewers.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, The Rock gained mainstream fame in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) from 1996 to 2004 and was promoted as the first third-generation wrestler in the company's history. He returned to WWE part-time from 2011–13 and continues to make sporadic appearances.

The Rock is an eight-time WWF/WWE Champion, two-time WCW/World Champion, two-time WWF Intercontinental Champion and a five-time WWF Tag Team Champion. He is the sixth Triple Crown Champion in WWE and won the 2000 Royal Rumble. He also has several acting accolades under his belt, and his autobiography, The Rock Says…, debuted at number one on The New York Times Best Seller list in 2000.


You can still get tickets to WWE Smackdown Live and see The Rock himself (...if the rumors are true, that is!)


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Fri
Sep 24, 2021
7:45 PM
WWE: Smackdown
Wells Fargo Center - PA - Philadelphia, PA
Sat
Sep 25, 2021
7:30 PM
WWE: Supershow
Giant Center - Hershey, PA
Sun
Sep 26, 2021
7:30 PM
WWE: Extreme Rules
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, OH
Mon
Sep 27, 2021
7:30 PM
WWE: Raw
Heritage Bank Center - Cincinnati, OH
Fri
Oct 1, 2021
7:45 PM
WWE: Smackdown
Royal Farms Arena - Baltimore, MD
Sun
Oct 3, 2021
7:00 PM
WWE: Supershow
Rupp Arena At Central Bank Center - Lexington, KY
Mon
Oct 4, 2021
6:30 PM
WWE: Raw
Bridgestone Arena - Nashville, TN
Fri
Oct 8, 2021
4:45 PM
WWE: Smackdown
SAP Center - San Jose, CA
Sat
Oct 9, 2021
7:30 PM
WWE: Supershow
Save Mart Center - Fresno, CA
Sun
Oct 10, 2021
7:00 PM
WWE: Supershow
Mechanics Bank Arena - Bakersfield, CA
Mon
Oct 11, 2021
4:30 PM
WWE: Raw
Chase Center - San Francisco, CA
Fri
Oct 15, 2021
4:45 PM
WWE: Smackdown
Toyota Arena - Ontario - Ontario, CA
Sat
Oct 16, 2021
7:30 PM
WWE: Supershow
Rio Rancho Events Center - Rio Rancho, NM
Sun
Oct 17, 2021
5:00 PM
WWE: Supershow
Don Haskins Center - El Paso, TX
Mon
Oct 18, 2021
4:30 PM
WWE: Raw
Golden 1 Center - Sacramento, CA
Fri
Oct 22, 2021
6:45 PM
WWE: Smackdown
INTRUST Bank Arena - Wichita, KS
Mon
Oct 25, 2021
6:30 PM
WWE: Raw
Toyota Center - TX - Houston, TX
Mon
Nov 1, 2021
7:30 PM
WWE: Raw
Dunkin Donuts Center - Providence, RI
Fri
Nov 5, 2021
6:45 PM
WWE: Smackdown
Ford Center - IN - Evansville, IN
Mon
Nov 8, 2021
7:30 PM
WWE: Raw
KFC Yum! Center - Louisville, KY
Fri
Nov 12, 2021
7:45 PM
WWE: Smackdown
Scope Arena - Norfolk, VA
Mon
Nov 15, 2021
8:00 PM
WWE: Raw
Bankers Life Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, IN
Fri
Nov 19, 2021
7:45 PM
WWE: Smackdown
XL Center - Hartford, CT
Sat
Nov 20, 2021
7:00 PM
WWE: Supershow
Upstate Medical University Arena at Onondaga County War Memorial - Syracuse, NY
Sun
Nov 21, 2021
TBD
WWE: Survivor Series & Raw - 2 Day Pass
Barclays Center - Brooklyn, NY
Sun
Nov 21, 2021
7:30 PM
WWE: Survivor Series
Barclays Center - Brooklyn, NY
Mon
Nov 22, 2021
7:30 PM
WWE: Raw
Barclays Center - Brooklyn, NY
Fri
Nov 26, 2021
7:45 PM
WWE: Smackdown
Greensboro Coliseum At Greensboro Coliseum Complex - Greensboro, NC
Sat
Nov 27, 2021
7:30 PM
WWE: Supershow
Berglund Center Coliseum - Roanoke, VA
Sun
Nov 28, 2021
7:00 PM
WWE: Supershow
Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center - Charleston - Charleston, WV
Mon
Nov 29, 2021
7:30 PM
WWE: Raw
UBS Arena - Elmont, NY
Sat
Dec 4, 2021
TBD
WWE: Supershow
Bert Ogden Arena - Edinburg, TX
Sun
Dec 5, 2021
5:00 PM
WWE: Supershow
American Bank Center - Corpus Christi, TX
Mon
Dec 6, 2021
6:30 PM
WWE: Raw
FedExForum - Memphis, TN
Fri
Dec 10, 2021
7:45 PM
WWE: Smackdown
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse - Cleveland, OH
Sun
Dec 12, 2021
TBD
WWE: TLC
Allstate Arena - Rosemont, IL
Mon
Dec 13, 2021
7:00 PM
WWE: Raw
Resch Center - Green Bay, WI
Fri
Dec 17, 2021
TBD
WWE: Smackdown
Xcel Energy Center - Saint Paul, MN
Sat
Dec 18, 2021
7:00 PM
WWE: Supershow
BMO Harris Bank Center - Rockford, IL
Sun
Dec 19, 2021
TBD
WWE: Supershow
Wells Fargo Arena - IA - Des Moines, IA
Mon
Dec 20, 2021
6:30 PM
WWE: Raw
Fiserv Forum - Milwaukee, WI
Sun
Dec 26, 2021
7:30 PM
WWE: Live Holiday Tour
Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
Tue
Dec 28, 2021
7:30 PM
WWE: Live Holiday Tour
Capital One Arena - Washington, DC
Fri
Dec 31, 2021
4:45 PM
WWE: Smackdown
Spectrum Center - Charlotte, NC
Sat
Jan 1, 2022
7:30 PM
WWE: Day 1
State Farm Arena - GA - Atlanta, GA
Fri
Feb 11, 2022
6:45 PM
WWE: Smackdown
Smoothie King Center - New Orleans, LA
Rescheduled - 2/11/22
Mon
Feb 21, 2022
7:45 PM
WWE: Smackdown
Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza - Wilkes Barre, PA
Rescheduled - 2/21/22
Sun
Apr 3, 2022
TBD
WWE: WrestleMania XXXVIII
AT&T Stadium - Arlington, TX
Sun
Apr 2, 2023
TBD
WWE: WrestleMania XXXIX
SoFi Stadium - Inglewood, CA
Rescheduled - 4/2/23
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