Earlier this month, as he often does, Dwayne Johnson sent out a video from the set of Fast and Furious 8, but it wasn't like anything else he sent before. While the actor almost always projects a positive vibe in his social media posts, The Rock used this video to slam some of his unidentified male co-stars, who he called "candy asses," accusing them of being unprofessional. It was later revealed that the subject of this rant was franchise star-producer Vin Diesel. Now a report has surfaced claiming this on-set feud is all an act, that could tie into the annual WWE event WrestleMania.
Dwayne Johnson later clarified that this conflict has been resolved, without specifically mentioning Vin Diesel by name, but there have been reports that, a day after Dwayne Johnson posted his social media rant, Vin Diesel confronted him about it, and for a joke in his HBO show Ballers, where Dwayne Johnson pokes some fun at his Fast & Furious co-star. An unidentified insider from Life and Style Magazine claims that this whole ordeal is a prank that will lead into a match at WWE's signature pay-per-view event, WrestleMania. Here's what the source had to say.
"They are playing a huge prank, and it's all for publicity. The Rock convinced Vin to amp up the drama between them so they could turn it into a WWE match to help promote the April 2017 release of Fast 8."
While this hasn't been confirmed, it would actually make sense, if it turns out to be true. Despite his massive success as an actor, Dwayne Johnson still returns to the WWE every now and then, often during WrestleMania. Next year's event, WrestleMania 33, will happen on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The Fast 8 release date is April 14, 2017, which makes WrestleMania the perfect venue to promote this highly-anticipated sequel.
Just yesterday, Fast 8 star Jason Statham revealed in an interview that he's "staying out" of this supposed feud, so we don't know if anyone else is in on this stunt, if in fact it is a stunt. It's also worth noting that the phrase "candy asses" is one he would often use to disparage his rival wrestlers when he was with WWE full-time, before his acting career took off. Of course, this report hasn't been confirmed by Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel or anyone at the WWE, so we'll have to wait and see how this plays out.