The 2024 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was filled with unexpected moments. Paul Heyman was inducted first, sparking a wave of excitement among fans, though many left the arena shortly after his induction. However, the surprises didn’t end there. Muhammad Ali was inducted into the 2024 Hall of Fame class, and The Rock received a significant honor, underscoring the depth of his connection with Muhammad Ali.

The Rock, known for his charisma and connection with fans, shared a heartfelt moment that left a lasting impact on him. He described an evening that “moved my soul” and expressed his deep gratitude for receiving the official bestowing of the “People’s Champion” title and name from Lonnie Ali, the widow of the legendary Muhammad Ali.

In his Instagram post, The Rock reflected on this significant honor, recalling the moment in 1997 when Muhammad Ali, the original People’s Champion, passed on the moniker to him. He expressed his sincere appreciation to Lonnie Ali for her grace, beauty, and strength in making the title official by presenting him with the People’s Champion belt during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony.

The Rock acknowledged the inspiration he felt from this recognition and pledged to carry the title with him for life. He mentioned the emotional moment where he appeared alongside Muhammad Ali in a photo.


The Rock also thanked the thousands in attendance at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, noting the electricity and mana they brought to the arena for this historic event. He expressed his love and commitment to his fans, promising to always have their backs.

A night that moved my soul.
Grateful to my core.
* yes that’s me & Muhammad in the last pic looking like a little girl 👊🏾🥰

Official bestowing of the PEOPLE’S CHAMPION TITLE and NAME from the widow, of the original People’s Champion – MUHAMMAD ALI 🦋 ✨

Thank you LONNIE ALI for your grace, beauty and strength as you made it official by presenting me with this INCREDIBLY INSPIRING People’s Champion Title.

And thank you to one of my heroes, the GOAT himself, MUHAMMAD ALI for passing on your People’s Champion moniker to me back in 1997.

Being the People’s Champ is sacred and I’ll carry it with me for life.

Finally, THANK YOU to the thousands in attendance at our @wwe Hall of Fame who filled the arena with electricity and mana for this historic moment.

Love U and I got your back for life.

– Final Boss”

The Rock’s connection to the People’s Champion title speaks to his influence and dedication to his fans, while his reverence for Muhammad Ali underscores the respect he has for those who paved the way.

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