Shawn Stasiak Reflects On Working With The Rock On WWE SmackDown Days After 9/11

Shawn Stasiak reflects on working with The Rock on a very special episode of WWE SmackDown.

Shawn Stasiak had a segment with The Rock on the September 13, 2001, episode of WWE SmackDown, a special live episode following the tragedy of the September 11 attacks. Both Rock and Stasiak are generational performers with wrestling in their blood.

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Speaking with Nick Hausman of Haus of Wrestling, Stasiak reflected on being the then-Wile E. Coyote of the WWE and working with The Rock on an emotional night.

“I got to work with Dwayne Johnson, The Rock, that night. I was the Wile E. Coyote of the WWE, at the time, you know, the laughingstock and comical relief. It was just fun that I got to rub shoulders with Rock a little bit; I wish I would have had an opportunity to actually work a real program and, you know, develop, but the rest is history. It is what it is. It was bittersweet, you’re, on one end, you’re representing freedom and America, really. A very patriotic night, but it was depressing and sad.

“Again, lots of fear and anxiety going on, but to work with Dwayne was really special for me, too. Again, I wish we had more time or more of an opportunity of working together, but just to have that moment. I was glad to be part of it. It was a stupid, goofy character, but at least it made people laugh, and it put smiles on faces, and it eased up some of the tension that we all felt. So I was I was happy to be part of that.”

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