Former WWE creative writer Brian Gewirtz discussed The Rock’s reaction to being booed with Roman Reigns at the 2015 Royal Rumble in a recent podcast interview.
The fans didn’t want Reigns to win the Royal Rumble Match and because The Rock helped him win that match, it didn’t go over very well.
“It was sort of the same unspoken but spoken moment that I had with John Cena when the two of us watched The Marine privately in the offices of WWE….at the time, we watched it, and we just sort of gave each other a look. And then John’s like, ‘Let’s go get something to drink.’ It was kind of similar a little bit with the Royal Rumble that year. If you notice, Dwayne, DJ, The Rock, he is an expert at reading the crowd. His connection to the audience is what he’s most proud of and why he comes back and why we’re doing our NBC show too.
“If you look at his facial expression, he will never be one to, if the crowd is going one way, he won’t just ignore it. He kind of had the same look on his face if you noticed that. It’s in all the stills too where he’s kind of listening to the audience reaction similar to his match with Hulk Hogan in Toronto at WrestleMania 18 where he’s like, ‘Hmm, interesting.’ We didn’t really talk about it extensively afterwards, but it was obviously there. You’re not blind. We’re not going to sugarcoat it and go like, ‘Yeah, that Philly crowd. What are you gonna do? Anyways, the audience really loves him.’”
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