Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was on hand at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday night, while the WWE were filming an episode of their weekly flagship T.V show, RAW.
Bizarrely enough, you wouldn’t have known that from watching the show live, as the wrestler turned actor did not actually appear on the broadcast.
Instead, ‘The Rock’ gave the LA fans a nice little surprise by appearing after the WWE cameras stopped rolling. As you would expect, they were delighted to see him.
According to Bleacher Report, Johnson was at the arena to film a scene for a movie called Fighting With My Family, of which he is a producer. It’s about British WWE superstar Paige, who will play herself in the movie. While Paige was filming the scene with former WWE colleague AJ Lee, a chant started for Lee’s real-life husband, former WWE superstar and current UFC…ahem, star, CM Punk.
Johnson, one of the great improvisors in the history of the game, decided that this would be a great time to give Punk a quick call. Somewhat anticlimactically, he went straight to voicemail. But with the aid of the “15,000 strong” crowd in attendance, proceeded to leave a message that must have really taken Punk, real name Phil Brooks, by surprise.
The Rock leaves CM Punk a voicemail after RAW goes off air. pic.twitter.com/UMZVPn6hVl
— Wrestle Kliq (@WrestleKliq) February 21, 2017
Upon hearing the message, Punk took to Twitter with a response for his fans.
Thanks Los Angeles. Nice to hear from you. @STAPLESCenter
— player/coach (@CMPunk) February 21, 2017
Since he departed the WWE for the UFC in 2014, Punk has often been a subject of scorn and ridicule on WWE programming. His one-sided defeat to Mickey Gall in his long-awaited UFC and MMA debut back in September of 2016 only made things worse.
Days after he was beaten by Gall, WWE stars ‘The Miz’ and Dolph Ziggler seemed to attempt a reenactment of the brief bout at the Backlash Pay-per-view.
And late last year Stephanie McMahon taunted Punk fans with the following statement on an episode of RAW.
The WWE fans, however, obviously haven’t turned on Punk.