This is a big one. It’s been rumored for a while and now we can confirm that The Rock will be at the Staples Center in Los Angeles this Friday night, October 4th for the WWE Smackdown debut on Fox. Why can we confirm it? Because The Rock is the one that shared the news on social media video.
It’s fitting that The Rock will be there since one of his catchphrases “lay the smackdown” is how they came up with the name of the show 20 years ago.
FINALLY…I come back home to my @WWE universe.
This FRIDAY NIGHT, I’ll return for our debut of SMACKDOWN!
LIVE on @FOXTV.
There’s no greater title than #thepeopleschamp.
And there’s no place like home.
Tequila on me after the show 😈🥃#IfYaSmell🎤 #Smackdown#RocksShow#FOXpic.twitter.com/V5i4cxqIqH
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 30, 2019
FINALLY @TheRock has COME BACK to SmackDown!
— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) September 30, 2019
The lineup for Smackdown on Friday looks like this:
* Kofi Kingston defends the WWE Championship against Brock Lesnar.
* Kevin Owens will face Shane McMahon in a Ladder Match where the loser will be “forced to leave WWE.” In other words, Shane will go away until WrestleMania season most likely.
* Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair vs. Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley and Sasha Banks.
* Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan.
* Several legends will be on hand for the 20th Anniversary of Smackdown including Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, Lita, Mick Foley, Booker T, Hulk Hogan, Trish Stratus, Goldberg, Jerry Lawler, Mark Henry, Ric Flair and Sting.
* There will be a Friday Night SmackDown Kickoff Show “blue carpet” special will air at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on FOX from the Staples Center, featuring celebrity, Superstar and Legend arrivals, as well as backstage access.
* The new Smackdown announce team will be Michael Cole and Corey Graves with Renee Young listed as a Special Contributor.
We can now add The Rock to the list of names appearing. His presence will help the television ratings and I’m sure WWE will promote it heavily all week.