Rock ‘The Dwayne’ Johnson angered Vince McMahon and Triple H after Raw on Monday night by jokingly trying to FaceTime CM Punk in front of the Staples Center crowd – who had started chanting the former WWE champion’s name. The Dwayne has since explained on Twitter why he went off script:
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) February 22, 2017
Relations between Punk and WWE are still very tense even three years after the Straight Edge Superstar walked out of the company. But The Rock doesn’t care. He doesn’t need WWE – he’s the highest grossing movie star of 2016. Rock exists above the backstage politics in WWE, and is free to give the fans what they want – something he’s evidently proud of by the tweet’s “huge positive feedback from the WWE Universe” line, even though he annoyed Vince and Triple H in doing it.
The Dwayne also shared a story on his Instagram page about an “amazing” guy called “Kill Steen” he saw on YouTube back in 2012 when he was training for his WWE comeback and title run. Five years later, at Raw on Monday night, Kill Steen himself dropped by The People’s locker room – WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens, whose pre-WWE name was Kevin Steen, to whom the crowd used to chant “Kill, Steen! Kill!”
Appreciate The Champ himself, Kevin Owens stopping by “The People’s Hood” to say hello. People’s Hood is the nickname for my dressing rooms. We had a good laugh about the story of when I was training for my WWE comeback and title run (2012) I was training with Curt Hawkins and Joe Hennig. After our workout, me and Kurt were chopping it up about great independent wrestlers. I said “Dude I just saw this guy last night on YouTube named Kill Steen or something like that. He’s amazing.” Kurt said, “That’s my good friend Kevin Owens”. I said “We’ll tell your friend he’s bad ass and I hope WWE signs him.” Now 5yrs later and relentless hard work, he’s WWE Universal Champion. I like when good things happen to good hard working people. He’s an asshole though for growing a better beard than I can. #RAW #StaplesCenter #PeoplesHood #UniversalChamp #KevinOwens #FightingWithMyFamily
Rocky wasn’t the only Attitude Era wrestler Owens was visiting backstage. According to F4WOnline, KO also recorded an episode with Steve Austin for the Stone Cold Podcast.
I’m not sure if this is actually a spoiler, because all of WWE’s social media accounts announced it yesterday. But I’ll play it safe: spoiler warning, people. It’s coming in 3…2…
This started on Wednesday lunchtime when Finn Balor channelled his inner Triple H on Twitter, asking himself: ‘Hey Finn, are you ready?’ Along with a picture of all 19 of his abs. He’s got like a negative body fat percentage.
‘Hey Finn, are you ready?’ pic.twitter.com/0rX6LYbCxO
— Finn Bálor (@FinnBalor) February 22, 2017
It was all a tease for that night’s NXT TV tapings, where Balor made a shock return to help out Shinsuke Nakamura against Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas and the NXT Champion Bobby Roode. WWE.com’s article on the return makes Balor sound in his best in-ring shape yet, “as he clotheslined Almas from the ring and unleashed a fury of strikes against Roode.”
However, “he told the crowd that he still is not medically cleared to compete.”