The Rock Talks About Crazy Character, SD Attendance


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A.J. Styles was introduced as “representing Impact Wrestling” at the 43rd annual Dove Awards show on GMC Tuesday night. Styles and Montell Jordan presented the award for Best Rap/Hip Hop Record of the Year to Lecrae and to introduce the award, they did a wrestling-style skit where Styles ripped off his jacket and announced the five nominees settling the score in the ring.

— This week’s SmackDown taping in Grand Rapids, Michigan drew an estimated 4,000 fans. The arena they were in is set up for 11,000 people for the company, prompting them to move fans to one side of the arena to make it look more full.

WrestleMania 28 main eventer Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was in Las Vegas this week to take part in Paramount’s CinemaCon presentation (accepting the “Action Star of the Decade” award) and to promote the new movie GI Joe: Retaliation.

The Rock is currently filming Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain, the film that is based on the true story of the “Sun Gym Gang,” a pair of bodybuilders named Daniel Lugo and Adrien Doorbal, who led an extortion and kidnapping plot before being arrested. Johnson is playing Paul Doyle, a barman who got caught up in his friend’s plans.

“(Michael Bay is) a brilliant, brilliant filmmaker, to be able to take that spirit and engage it in a passion project that he loves,” The Rock stated in Las Vegas, “I have had the greatest time playing this character, because the craziest part about this is that every day when I wrap … whether it’s 3:00 in the morning or 6:00 at night … I go home thinking, Jesus Christ, this shit really happened, all this crazy shit happened.’”

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