Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has responded to Randy Orton’s Wrestle Mania challenge following his appearance on SmackDown last Friday.
Johnson kicked the show’s FOX premiere off alongside Becky Lynch and Baron Corbin, electrifying the crowd with both a “People’s Elbow” and a “Rock Bottom.”
Orton suggested that the former WWE superstar should face him at next year’s Wrestle Mania ahead of Friday’s showpiece event.
“I see you’ll be at Smackdown On Fox this Fri. How concerning you a discussion concerning who’s the best third generation of all time and that we answer that question Apr fifth in metropolis At Wrestle mania thirty-six,” he tweeted last week. “A Vipers sense of smell is unmatched. I smell what you’re cooking.”
The Rock has since responded to the offer, graciously declining and jokingly claiming that he’s yet to fully recover from the Wrestle Mania 20 encounter that saw him take on Evolution way back in 2004.
“U think Bob O Sr & Chief Maivia along with our pops’ Bob Jr & the Soul man ran up and down those roads for decades taking bumps just so we can sell out WM36, therefore, will you’ll be able to RKO my ass via the planet,” he tweeted in response.
“My body’s still convalescent from that Evolution beatdown you gave Pine Tree State at WM20.”
This is not at all surprising. Reports suggested that simply getting Johnson on for the few minutes he was in the ring on Friday was a painstaking process because of his busy schedule.
Wrestle Mania 36 is not out of the question just yet but it’s doubtful we’ll get to see him in a ring again anytime soon.
For now, it doesn’t look like The Viper will get his dream match with The Rock but there’s still plenty of time to get the Hollywood star to change his mind.
Orton would do well to keep pushing as having Johnson back on Wrestle Mania will be a huge win for WWE and an even bigger one for the fans.