Updated: The Rock has confirmed that he’ll appear on the show with this post on his official Twitter account:
It’s been reported that both WWE and The Rock have explored the possibility of him appearing on the show as it marks the debut episode of SmackDown on FOX but also the 20 Anniversary of the show that was created with the name of one of his iconic catchphrases.
Up to this point, The Rock has yet to be announced for this episode and for good reason as no deal has been reached for him to appear.
Dave Meltzer reported on the Daily Update that the two sides are working on trying to get him on the show. It all comes down to whether he can pull it off with his busy schedule.
It was noted that it’s not a situation where WWE wants to keep him as a surprise for the show but rather no deal being made.
If he does appear then it will be announced at the last minute in order to get as much media exposure as possible for the show in hopes of increasing viewership.
Friday’s SmackDown FOX premiere episode takes place from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.