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Following his match with CM Punk after the Royal Rumble pay-per-view went off-air The Rock said Mike Chioda told him he needed to position himself to get the WrestleMania sign in for the shot. "Excuse me, but I'm talking to Phoenix," Rock said. The crowd went ballistic.
Rock thanked the Superstars because it takes one hell of an effort to put on a night like tonight. Rock thanked his family and from the bottom of his heart. He thanked the fans. "It feels good to do this again and be WWE Champion... if you smell what the Rock is cooking."
The Rock heaved the microphone to Justin Roberts, who barely clutched it like a vase. Rock autographed his No. 94 Johnson jersey for a fan and left.