In 2016, The Rock returned to WWE Raw to hype his appearance at WrestleMania 32. During his promo, he was interrupted by The New Day, leading to the four men engaging in a promo battle. New Day began the battle, joking about The Rock leaving Miami for Hollywood and putting themselves over as the reigning WWE Tag Team Champions before The Rock offered his rebuttal.
While New Day held their own on the mic, they were eventually laid out by The Rock and The Usos.
On the latest episode of New Day: Feel The Power; Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods recalled the moment with The Rock.
"How about when we hopped on the microphone with the microphone king, The Rock? I don't know what the consensus was, but that was pretty cool. We were out there for a few minutes and he made his remarks. And we said 'penis' a lot," said Big E
Kofi added, "You can't say 'penis' on TV and we said it on TV."
When discussing the challenge of going against The Rock on the mic, Xavier Woods stated, "That day, we knew we were going up against 'The Godfather on the Microphone.' He's absolutely incredible. Probably the best entertainer I've ever seen on all platforms. We knew he was going to come in with all that Attitude Era vibe; say whatever he wants, going into the crowd, back to the hard cam and everyone is going to love it. One of the things we wanted to try and do is stay within our PG lane and still go toe-to-toe with somebody who was breaking all of our rules. We did our best to do that and I felt really good after it. We didn't just get washed out."
Meanwhile, Kofi praised The Rock for being gracious with how giving he was.
"Shoutout to The Rock for being cool enough for allowing us to be us. He could have easily stifled whatever it is that he wanted us to say. It's always cool when you see somebody that you grew up watching, you meet them in real life, and they're cool. Especially in the parameters of this business. He was gracious enough to allow us to be us. I felt like it legitimized us."
New Day would share the ring with more legends in 2016 as they celebrated with Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin, and Mick Foley at WrestleMania 32 following their match against the League of Nations. Unfortunately, the WrestleMania 32 does not rank highly for the trio in terms of WrestleMania moments.
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