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The Rock Shuts Down Claim Equating WrestleMania Press Event Boos With His Maui Recovery Efforts

February 11, 2024 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Cody Rhodes Roman Reigns The Rock WrestleMania XL Kickoff Image Credit: WWE

The Rock took to social media to shut down a false report alleging that the boos for him at the WrestleMania XL Kickoff were related to his Maui wildfire relief fund. An “independent reporter” posted to Twitter with a clip of the Rock being booed at the Kickoff event and claimed that the “Cody” chants for event were “Maui” chants, alleging that the people in attendance were booing Rock because some victims of the fund have not yet seen any money.

Rock posted to Twitter to shut the man down, writing:

“I typically refrain from responding to toxic, false clickbait garbage like this because I hate dignifying bullshit with a response, but when you use Hawaii’s tragic events to draw attention to yourself I won’t stay quiet.

This moment you’re referring to is from our @WWE press conference this past Thursday where I turned “heel” – wrestling parlance for bad guy. I’m playing it up with our crowd as they boo. It’s what we do in our WWE universe, and we all love every second of it.

For the record: Our People’s Fund of Maui has already DELIVERED over $50 MILLION DOLLARS to over 8,000 survivors who were affected by the fires, and I’m grateful to the bone that we’ve been the primary funders.

Hawaii is where I grew up, where I raise my children throughout the year and where my ancestors are buried. These are my Polynesian people and these are OUR American people. You can’t imagine how much they are still struggling daily to put their lives back together and take care of each other. Our Poly American people are as resilient as people come, and they will raise and get back on their feet.

Nick, instead of posting bullshit like this that you know is false – I encourage you to post something positive for Hawaii, for our Polynesian American people. Or actually take positive action and come to Hawaii to help out in an uplifting way.

I’m in Hawaii now, and I guarantee you, you’ll get great content that can actually make a difference in people’s lives.

Genuinely.

Let’s put our energy and our online platforms into lifting people up. Acknowledging the good things that people do. Raising awareness for the suffering in ways that can effectively help. It takes so much effort to be negative, and create and spread bullshit – but when you spread positivity, kindness, and lead by example you can really impact lives.

I’m sorry to all our Poly/Hawaiian ohana of Maui, for shining light on this toxicity as you struggle through tough times – I always try to be Na’au Pono.
Love U.”