Like Roman Reigns and everyone else involved in his mess of a Royal Rumble victory, it was not a good night for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
Even his usual Midas touch couldn't save his cousin Roman from being booed out of the building once crowd favourite Daniel Bryan was eliminated ridiculously early from the Royal Rumble match.
It went from bad to worse, as even he seemed flustered in an unusually flat promo he largely cut on Reigns' behalf minutes after the show was over. Moreover, despite Rock being off his A game, he still managed to completely overshadow his cuz, who came off like his second-rate lackey.
Publicly, Rock has tried to put the best spin possible on the sad situation, openly admitting that Philadelphia booed his boy, but he's cool with that. Privately, he wasn't happy with the way things went down, especially with some last minute script changes implemented because WWE could sense that they might have a bigger backlash than they had anticipated on their hands when the fans entered the arena, according to Dave Meltzer on his Wrestling Observer Radio podcast earlier today:
"OK, so this is what happened. The talk about Daniel Bryan being put in a three way, this is from tonight, is Vince [McMahon] feels it would be a repeat and we'll have gone to the well one time too often.
And they were absolutely ready for the backlash but it surprised them at that level. They panicked early, very early in the show, they changed a few things and Dwayne was not happy."
I'm not surprised that The Rock was miffed. He's a very media conscious guy and I doubt he was thrilled about being associated with a fiasco that drew negative mainstream press and caused #CancelWWENetwork to trend worldwide. It may make him choose to be more selective in his appearances with WWE in the future, as I doubt he wants to be involved in another creative misfire of that magnitude ever again.