The very man who coined the show’s name wasn’t able to make an appearance at SmackDown 1000 on Tuesday, breaking the hearts of numerous fans who hoped to see him on the show.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is currently in UK shooting his upcoming film “Hobbs and Shaw” that is a spinoff from the “Fast and Furious” franchise.
Johnson would have made SmackDown 1000 electrifying had he been able to make it to Washington D.C., however it’s his busy Hollywood schedule that prevented The Great One from making an appearance at The People’s Show.
Despite missing the show, Johnson took to Twitter to congratulate WWE on the special ocassion of SmackDown 1000.
Huge #SD1000 congrats to my @WWE family!
Fun fact, in 1998, I said to @VinceMcMahon “I’m gonna use the word ‘Smackdown’ tonight in my promo”. He said what’s that mean? I said it means I’m gonna whup some ass. He belly laughed and said say it!
The rest was history! #IfYaSmell ? https://t.co/IVXI0WkkGl
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 16, 2018
The tweet was sent out earlier in the day and was shown on the titantron and featured on TV during the first hour of SmackDown 1000 on Tuesday night.
Professional wrestling fans from the 90’s ought to remember The Rock’s iconic “laying the smack down” catchphrase which eventually led to WWE creating a second show, titled “SmackDown” in 1999 that originally aired on Thursday nights.
It was earlier reported The Great One would be possibly making an appearance on the 1000th episode of SmackDown since the show which took place at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C was supposed to be just an hour and a half flight from The Rock’s scheduled location for his upcoming film “Suicide Squad”.
However, the busy and unpredictable schedule didn’t allow The People’s Champion to appear at the special show.
Nevertheless, fans can expect The Rock to be back for Wrestlemania 35, a report that has been quite prevalent in the pro-wrestling world since July.
Despite The Rock absent from the show, legends namely Edge, Batista, Ric Flair, The Big Show and The Undertaker made special appearances on SmackDown 1000.
Former SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero, Teddy Long and John Laurinaitis also appeared backstage.
16-time World Champion John Cena sent out a video that was aired on the big screen. Cena thanked fans for making 1000 episodes possible.
WWE’s high-flying legend Rey Mysterio returned “home” as a regular in-ring performer on SmackDown 1000.