WWE announcer Pat McPhee recalled his conversation with The Rock ahead of his promo on last week’s (June 24) edition of SmackDown.
During the show, McAfee paid tribute to The People’s Champion, causing “millions” of fans to chant “Bomb ace Corbin” in Happy Corbin.
The Rock responded to the segment on Twitter, saying he enjoyed watching McAfee.
in a recent episode The Pat McAfee ShowMcAfee noted that he reached out to The Rock for permission to use his phrase.
Appreciating the Hollywood star, McAfee said:
“Shout out to The Rock, thanks man. People are thinking, In the wrestling world, it’s kind of a thing when you say someone else’s catchphrase. I don’t want to go into the weeds here either, but I like it.” Permission was already received from Dwayne Johnson to say.
“If you remember, at my last show against The Austin Theory, when I was allowed to speak at the mic, I was in the middle of doing it and I got interrupted. That was around the time I originally got it. Got to say ‘okay’.
“He was in Miami, I guess. It must have gone bananas. I’m sorry for not… It looks like I ripped your thing, didn’t give you credit, they started the music. It was the whole situation.” I didn’t know they were playing music then.
“I’m the only person in company history, probably the modern era, where I’ve been told some things, but all things. ‘You only need to know what you need to know.’ ‘Have I got a chance to speak tonight?’ ‘Yes, you are speaking tonight.’
“Then I’ll send a (text), ‘This is what I’m thinking. Can I drop a (line)?’ He actually replied and said, ‘Give me some context so we can really take this thing forward.’ He gave me a whole ‘here we go.’ I’m so grateful and grateful for The Rock. I appreciate the hell out of him.”
During the SmackDown promo, McAfee challenged Corbin to a match at SummerSlam. The announcer has not wrestled since Sunday at WrestleMania 38, where he defeated Austin Theory before losing to Vince McMahon.
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— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) June 27, 2022
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