Questions arose after Kofi Kingston was denied a title shot by another Vince McMahon shenanigan on Tuesday night, with race coming into the conversation after the Ghanaian won an extremely disadvantageous Gauntlet Match but saw Daniel Bryan thrown into the mix.
While there's nothing going on in that regard in the WWE, as far as we know, talk has been rife on social media, with fans arguing over how many black WWE and World Champions there are specifically.
Dwyane "The Rock" Johnson, who was born to an African American father and a Samoan mother, is often a subject of such debates as there are many who are arguing that he should not be considered among the few black wrestlers to become champion.
This time around, though, Johnson caught wind of it on Twitter and explained to a fan that he identifies as both black and Samoan after reading that he was never booked or titled the first black champion.
"Glad I came across this and I’ll give you guys some context & truth," he wrote. "I identify as exactly what I am - both. Equally proud. Black/Samoan. And my friend, let me expand your thoughts a bit here - I transcended race in wrestling so there was no “booked that way”. Thx guys."
Glad I came across this and I’ll give you guys some context & truth.— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) March 20, 2019
I identify as exactly what I am - both. Equally proud. Black/Samoan.
And my friend, let me expand your thoughts a bit here - I transcended race in wrestling so there was no “booked that way”. Thx guys
What This Means
The possibility of transcending race is a touchy subject on its own but, to be fair, The Rock's achievements in the WWE should serve as good enough of an example.
However he was booked, Johnson is a 10-time World Champion and, given the strong statement above, that should leave him rubbing shoulders with the likes of Ron Simmons, Mark Henry and Booker T.
Where Kofi is concerned, it's quite disappointing how things turned out. However, we shouldn't rule out another twist thrusting him back into contention for the WWE Championship.