Fans in attendance at a recent Toronto Maple Leafs game at the Scotiabank Arena were fortunate enough to receive an incredible surprise visit from the biggest name in Hollywood; Dwayne Johnson.
Maple Leafs fans were shocked as Dwyane Johnson made his way through the tunnel and greeting fans by roaring ‘What’s Up Toronto!” in similar fashion to his days on the mic in WWE. The Rock then led the home town crowd in chanting “Let’s Go Leafs” in this unexpected encounter. The surprise visit from The Great One was not only popular with fans who responded with rapturous applause, but the players were also equally motivated by the visit.
Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews had the following to say about Johnson’s visit:
“I didn’t know he’d be here. It was a TV timeout, kind of minding my own business and I look up and The Rock comes flying out of nowhere,”. “He got the building going pretty good. It’s pretty cool to see a guy like that come by and obviously get the crowd going. It was pretty sweet.”
Dwayne Johnson Has History In Canada
Dwayne Johnson is no stranger to Canadian sports, having spent a year in 1995 as a line-backer for the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders. Although The Rock was cut from the team and sent home infamously with only $7 dollars in his pocket, his surprise appearance at The Maple Leaf’s game resulted in quite the opposite outcome with Johnson receiving a heroes welcome from those in attendance.
Upon the conclusion of his visit, Johnson had high praise for the Leafs and had the following to say:
“Everyone here at the Maple Leafs organization has been amazing. All the fans who came out have been amazing. I cannot tell you how grateful I am. It has been too long since I have been back here in Toronto. It feels so good to come back. And the best part about this visit was the energy of the fans, the passion of the fans. That felt so good.”
The Rock made the stop off at the game to promote his new ‘Black Adam’ movie, which has seen incredible success at the box office so far, grossing an impressive $300 Million in it’s opening weekend alone.