WWE announcer Pat McAfee has recalled his conversation with The Rock before his promo on last week’s (June 24) edition of SmackDown.
During the show, McAfee paid homage to The People’s Champion, leading ‘the millions’ of fans to chant ‘Bum Ass Corbin’ at Happy Corbin.
The Rock reacted to the segment on Twitter, noting that he enjoyed watching McAfee.
On a recent episode of the Pat McAfee Show, McAfee noted that he reached out to The Rock for permission to use his catchphrase.
Showing appreciation towards the Hollywood star, McAfee said:
“Shoutout to The Rock by the way, thanks man. People are wondering, in the wrestling world, when you say somebody else’s catchphrase, it’s kind of a thing. Don’t want to go too in the weeds here, but I did get permission beforehand from Dwayne Johnson to say it.
“If you do recall, in my last program against Austin Theory, when I was allowed to speak into the mic, I was in the middle of doing it and I got interrupted. That was around the time when I originally got the ‘okay’ to say it.
“That was in Miami, I think. It would have went bananas. I apologize for not…it seems like I kind of ripped your thing, didn’t give you credit, they started the music. It was a whole situation, I didn’t know they were hitting the music then.
“I’m the only person in the history of the company, maybe modern era, where I’m kind of told some things, but all things. ‘You only need to know what you need to know.’ ‘I get a chance to speak tonight?’ ‘Yeah, you’re speaking tonight.’
“Then I’ll send a (text), ‘This is what I’m thinking. Can I drop a (line)?’ He actually responded and said, ‘Give me some context so we can really get this thing going.’ He gave me an entire ‘here we go.’ I’m very grateful and thankful for The Rock. I appreciate the hell out of him.”
During the SmackDown promo, McAfee challenged Corbin to a match at SummerSlam. The announcer hasn’t wrestled since WrestleMania 38 Sunday, where he defeated Austin Theory, before losing to Vince McMahon.
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— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) June 27, 2022
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