Mixed martial arts fans and purists were given something of a shock to the system this weekend when prior to the main event at UFC 244, The Rock’s music hit and he walked towards the Octagon with the BMF Championship over his shoulder.
While everyone already knew that he was there, the sight of seeing him make what was essentially a pro wrestling entrance really did throw a lot of old school MMA fans off.
Interestingly enough, when The Great One reacted to the moment on social media, he actually compared the sensation to what it was like walking down to the ring during his days with WWE.
Given the kind of influence that The Rock has on Instagram, with his account being the third most followed in the world behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Ariana Grande, you’d have to imagine that WWE would prefer for a bit of the spotlight to be on them as opposed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Still, at least they received a mention, and at least they were able to get Dwayne to show up to the SmackDown premiere on FOX – even though his segment with Becky Lynch and Baron Corbin wasn’t universally praised.
It’ll be interesting to see how invested Johnson becomes in the world of mixed martial arts from now on as the lines continue to be blurred between these two industries. Either way, we’re just happy that the guy is having fun, and hopefully he can also continue to give the rub to the pro wrestling world too.