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WWE News: The Rock announces a new competition series to air on NBC

3.46K   //    06 Feb 2018, 03:06 IST

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson was a guest on The Tonight Show after the Super Bowl

What's the story?

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson was a guest on a special edition of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on NBC after the Super Bowl on Sunday evening. Part of the reason for The Rock's appearance was to promote his summer blockbuster movie Skyscraper, but he also had an announcement about a new series on NBC.

In case you didn't know...

The last time The Rock appeared in the WWE was at WrestleMania 32 in Dallas, Texas when he would defeat Erick Rowan in a 13-second match. John Cena would then come out to help The Rock take on the rest of the Wyatt Family.

The heart of the matter

The following tweet from The Rock was similar to the ad that was shown during The Tonight Show on Sunday. He is looking for people to accept the "challenge of a lifetime". There were no other details regarding the show, but it was confirmed that The Rock's Seven Bucks Production Company will team with American Ninja Warrior producers A. Smith & Company to make The Titan Games.

An article published by Variety today added a few more details to the show:

"Billed as an opportunity for everyday people to test mind, body, and heart, 'The Titan Games' will feature challengers from across the United States, each competing in an arena against one of six reigning Titans. A contestant who wins will take the defeated Titan’s place as one of the show’s half-dozen mainstays. At season’s end, the six Titans will engage in an epic battle to determine the male and female champions."

At the time of this writing, a premiere date was not set, but the first season will last for 10 weeks and filming will begin sometime in September.

What's next?

The Rock has two movies on the horizon. Ramage, a movie based on the popular 80s arcade game, will release on 20 April. He is also going to be part of the 2018 summer blockbuster season with Skyscraper, a movie where The Rock's family is abducted near the top of the largest skyscraper in the world, which will release on 13 July.

Author's take

When I read over the details for The Titan Games, it sounds very similar to Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge, but potentially takes place inside an arena as opposed to outside in the Texas heat. Everything that The Rock touches turns to gold, so there is no doubt that this NBC show will be a hit.

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