WWE SmackDown Fallout: Death threats and WrestleMania turmoil shake the wrestling world

The drama that occurs in and outside of the ring in the high-stakes world of WWE can be just as compelling as the matches themselves.

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By Mohit | Feb 10, 2024 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

The drama that occurs in and outside of the ring in the high-stakes world of WWE can be just as compelling as the matches themselves. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s participation in “WWE SmackDown” last week caused controversy, which in turn caused an internet outrage and even death threats against his daughter Ava, the General Manager of “WWE NXT.” The path to WrestleMania 40 takes an unexpected turn while the wrestling industry deals with the aftermath.

Backlash and Death Threats

The live audience cheered The Rock’s explosive return to “WWE SmackDown,” but things swiftly went south on the internet. Supporters launched a barrage of criticism, believing Johnson was taking Cody Rhodes’ place as Roman Reigns’ WrestleMania 40 opponent. Ava Johnson’s real-life daughter of Dwayne disclosed on “The Pat McAfee Show” that she had gotten death threats from enraged WWE fans and was also subjected to criticism. Ava deleted her social media account as a result of the upsetting event, highlighting the range of emotions that exist within the wrestling community.

Cody Rhodes intervened in the middle of the mayhem to clarify his status for WrestleMania 40. Rhodes said that at the high-profile live event in Philadelphia, he will be vying with Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship. Although the announcement provides some stability in the tumultuous WrestleMania scene, there are still unanswered issues regarding Dwayne Johnson’s potential role in the developing story.

Dwayne Johnson Addresses Backlash

Following the backlash over his daughter’s experience, Dwayne Johnson discussed the matter on “The Pat McAfee Show.” He expressed concern for Ava and emphasized the significance of maintaining unity within the wrestling community while acknowledging the criticism. Johnson’s remarks illuminated the complexities of the wrestling industry, where fierce rivalry between competitors in the ring contrasts with behind-the-scenes cooperation. Johnson’s plea for cooperation highlights everyone’s shared duty as the wrestling community navigates an unanticipated storm.

WWE’s Response and Triple H’s Address

WWE will discuss the aftermath of the WrestleMania 40 Kickoff media event on the next episode of “SmackDown,” as the controversy continues to grow. Paul “Triple H” Levesque, Chief Content Officer, will speak and offer commentary on the story as it develops. The ramifications of Cody Rhodes’ announcement and Dwayne Johnson’s unclear involvement in WrestleMania plans, together with the wrestling world’s anticipation for Triple H’s perspective, add a layer of mystery to the continuing drama.

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