“How about that ovation”: Dwayne Johnson Reacts to Possible Face Off Against Donald Trump in the WWE Ring

Dwayne Johnson had an interesting reaction to the suggestion of him potentially fighting Donald Trump.

How about that ovation”: Dwayne Johnson Reacts to Possible Face Off Against Donald Trump in the WWE Ring


  • Dwayne Johnson has joined the board of directors of TKO Group, the company formed by Endeavor that merged WWE and the UFC.
  • Accordingly, the actor was asked to share his thoughts on a potential showdown between him and Trump.
  • Instead of directly answering the question, Johnson instead focused on the reception Trump got at UFC 295.
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Dwayne Johnson first tried his hands at acting in Hollywood in The Mummy Returns (2001). The success of the film subsequently led to The Scorpion King (2002). By the end of the 2010s, Johnson was spending more time on movie sets than inside wrestling rings, much to the disappointment of WWE fans.

Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne Johnson

However, thanks to the popularity the People’s Champion has amassed with his wrestling and then movies, his rare appearances in the wrestling world have sort of become a thing of celebration, with the idea of his next showdown always generating plenty of hype.

As such, everyone had their eyes glued to their screens when the suggestion of The Rock taking on Donald Trump was floated.


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What Dwayne Johnson Said About Facing Off Against Donald Trump in the WWE

Donald Trump has never shied away from showing he is a huge WWE fan and has frequently appeared on the wrestling scene in different capacities over the years. The long-standing connection started when his Trump Plaza in Atlantic City hosted Wrestlemania in 1988. The bond only got stronger as the years passed and even churned out some storylines featuring Trump.

Donald Trump | Photo: National Archives and Records Administration
Donald Trump | Photo: National Archives and Records Administration

The 77-year-old’s admiration for wrestling was also on the show in November of 2023, as the 45th President of the United States attended Madison Square Garden in New York for UFC 295.


Interestingly, Dwayne Johnson has now been appointed to the board of directors of TKO Group, the publicly traded company consisting of the UFC and WWE. This led to a Fox News reporter posing a question concerning a potential showdown between Trump and The Rock to WWE President Nick Khan as well as the Hollywood superstar.

Khan responded: “Listen, Rock against Donald Trump, I don’t know how that will work out for Donald Trump in the ring.”

Johnson cleared through his laugh itself that no such thing is part of his plans but did highlight Trump’s popularity, stating: 

“How about that ovation he gets when he comes out? – Trump, yeah!”

Last year in September, the 51-year-old returned to the ring for an episode of SmackDown in Denver, Colorado. Later in the show, he also met with John Cena.


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Dwayne Johnson vs John Cena Is Also Unlikely to Happen WWE

The way both Johnson and Cena greeted each other, it seems fans are also unlikely to ever see the iconic rivalry of 2010s reignite in the ring.

Dwayne Johnson and John Cena
Dwayne Johnson and John Cena. Credit: WWE

The Peacemaker star talked about his feud with Johnson during an episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast in May of 2023 and admitted to being “selfish” in the situation. In 2011, the fierce rivalry peaked when Johnson returned to WWE after spending several years in Hollywood.


“I got selfish, and me living WWE at the point and not having any concept of growth or someone else’s perspective, I took Dwayne’s comments as not genuine,” Cena said. “My view was, if you love something, be there everyday. What a hypocrite I am, because I still love WWE and I can’t go all the time. And I just didn’t see that, I was so selfish.”

Recent developments point to Hollywood being fans’ only hope of seeing the pair break each others’ bones anytime soon. As for the Trump vs Johnson, the Black Adam star has confirmed it’s not happening – neither in the UFC or WWE nor in politics.


Written by Vishal Singh

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Vishal Singh is a Content Writer at FandomWire. Having spent more than half a decade in the digital media space, Vishal specializes in crafting engaging entertainment- and sports-focused stories. He graduated from university with an honors degree in English Literature.