Rock ‘The Dwayne’ Johnson makes most of his big announcements on Instagram these days – how development is going on his latest movie project, when he’s about to enter Beast Mode, or how many pancakes he’s about to eat in his mid-morning snack.
On Sunday night, 6 foot 5 Rock posted an image on the site with 6 foot 7 director Stephen Merchant and 5 foot 4 actress Florence Pugh.
Very cool to watch our amazing/bad ass @florencepugh embody the role of real life WWE Superstar Paige. We shot some great scenes together today that reflected my real life pivotal conversations I had with Paige. Very interesting to relive and shoot those moments. I appreciate our entire crew and actors working tirelessly on a Sunday. THANK YOU! The 6’7 stud standing with us, is our director/writer @stephenmerchant. Brilliant filmmaker and loved worldwide. I still think he’s an asshole. We’re bringing our production to rock the Staples Center tomorrow night for RAW. #OnSet #ClockinThoseLongSundayHours #FightingWithMyFamily
The most interesting thing about this post, apart from everyone’s respective heights, was the caption at the end:
“We’re bringing our production to rock the Staples Center tomorrow night for RAW.”
All three of them are currently shooting the film Fighting With My Family – the recently announced project based on the life of WWE superstar Paige. Yes, that is weird. That WWE Studios are co-producing a movie about one of their most difficult employees. But what’s more weird is getting used to Pugh as the former Divas champion as Pro Wrestling Sheet’s first look set photo reveals.
— ProWrestlingSheet (@WrestlingSheet) February 21, 2017
But on last night’s episode of Raw, there was no Rock to be found.
He might not have appeared on the television cameras, but The Dwayne did come out before Raw started to hype up the crowd and tell them all about Fighting With My Family. He listed some of the talented names involved, like himself, Vince Vaughn and even Rock’s twice-in-a-lifetime foe:
“We’ve got John Cena in the movie…I’m only kidding. We want to make a good movie.”
He then asked the audience to stick around after the show, because they’ll be recreating Paige’s main roster debut from 2014 for the film, where she beat AJ Lee for the Divas Championship, right there in the Staples Center. In the meantime, The Rock said he’ll be backstage cheering everyone the audience is cheering, and “booing everybody you’ll be booing, Roman Reigns.”
When it was finally time for Raw to start, and for Rock to get out of there, Vince McMahon’s No Chance entrance music played. Out came the Chairman to tell Rocky in his own affectionate way, “YOOOOOOOOOOOooooou’re FFFIIIIIIiiiiiiiiiIIIIIIIIIIIIRED!”Probably for that Roman Reigns line.
Once the show was the over, and The Rock’s crew were preparing to shoot scenes from the movie, the L.A. crowd started to chant for CM Punk – presumably because his real-life wife AJ Lee is a character in the film. This prompted The Rock to FaceTime Punk from the middle of the ring. Because he’s The Rock. And he can do whatever he wants because he has so much money and all the muscles.
According to Wrestling Observer Radio, a referee then ran down to ringside to tell Rock not to actually call Punk. He still did, but fortunately for Vince McMahon’s blood pressure, the call went to Punk’s voicemail, where Rock left the following message:
“Hey, Punk, it’s Rock. This is not a joke. I’m literally calling you from the middle of the Staples Center with about 15,000 strong. I want you to hear this, this is not a rib – they are chanting your name. That is real 15,000 strong chanting your name in L.A.”
Punk and Rock worked together at the 2013 Royal Rumble, where The Dwayne ended the champ’s 434 day title reign. Rock calling him was most probably to quell the ‘CM Punk’ chants so they wouldn’t interrupt the movie.
CM Punk has since replied on Twitter, explaining why he couldn’t take the call. It was his dog’s birthday.
I’m walking Larry. It’s his birthday.
— Coach (@CMPunk) February 21, 2017
Thanks Los Angeles. Nice to hear from you. @STAPLESCenter
— Coach (@CMPunk) February 21, 2017
You can watch footage of all that below courtesy of WrestleTalker viewer @DaNaxRo, who films in glorious, glorious landscape.
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