Last week brought news that WWE were going "big league" for SmackDown's apparent 4 October debut on Fox, with the network supposedly testing new TV cameras as well as inviting a host of celebrity guests to attend the Staples Center, Los Angeles show.
Now, it looks like WWE are going all out themselves, with the Barnburner Radio Network claiming Vince McMahon wants as many legends in the house as possible.
Brock Lesnar and Ric Flair were mentioned by name, as was Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, who is comfortably the biggest old name WWE could pull off for the event.
A guaranteed ratings bump, The Rock's appearance would represent a major, major coup, particularly with WWE trying to paint their promotion as the big time in the wake of AEW's emergence. Johnson would almost certainly guarantee a strong viewership for the Fox debut; it's a no-brainer if they can make it work.
AEW's Tuesday/Wednesday Night Dynamite show is expected to debut on the very same week. They aren't going head-to-head on the same night, but we can therefore expect WWE to do everything in their power to put AEW over as the "minor leagues." The Rock would help accomplish that.
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