Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a major movie star and entrepreneur whose businesses range from beverages (alcoholic and energy) to football. But he will always be associated with WWE, including perhaps at this year’s WrestleMania.
So when he was a guest on CNBC whoop in the street Today (January 17) to discuss his energy drink brand Zoa, it came as no surprise when the hosts asked Johnson about the potential sale to WWE.
– CNBC (CNBC) January 17, 2023
“Well, I can tell you this, I can tell you it’s an exciting brand. It’s a brand that I’ve been very lucky enough to have achieved tremendous success with.” [in] over decades. Also, for your viewers here in the business who may not know, the lineage goes way back, multi-generationally, with WWE.
“My grandfather wrestled for Vince McMahon Sr. in the ’70s. My dad wrestled for Vince McMahon in the ’80s. Then I came along with my bad hair pack and fanny pack, and I continued to wrestle for Vince as well. So we’ve seen tremendous success over the years. I think it’s a very attractive company.” I am excited and wish Vince and that company all the best.”
It’s pretty much the kind of over-the-top no-answer we’ve come to expect from a DJ, given the deep roots between his family and Vince (including but not limited to Johnson’s daughter Simone who is currently on TV for NXT as Ava Raine) there was no reason to think. He would distance himself from the McMahon financial scandal after the silence.
Even more interesting was his response to a follow-up comment from host and sale skeptic David Faber about keeping Vince in charge being a condition of any sale:
“I would [agree] And this is a wonderful note. I think with the world of professional wrestling and the world of WWE, it’s very unique. The fan base is so big and so passionate there is nothing quite like WWE. So I think with the new owners, if there are new owners, acquirers that will come in, I think they have to share the same passion that Vince has for the company and the world of professional wrestling, which is not always easy to do.
“You guys know, with a company like this, they’ve been incredibly successful over the years, selling and acquiring can be very complicated, but there’s this unique anchor added to this I think Vince feels where you have to find the right buyer who still has Such passion and love for this very unique world.”
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