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Dwayne Johnson may be leaving the Fast and Furious franchise in the rearview, but he's already speeding ahead to a new destination: Sesame Street. The Red Notice star has officially served the block's resident cookie chomper, Cookie Monster, with a baked goods smackdown challenge. "Tell Cookie Monster to move it over, cuz I'm coming to Sesame Street to kick a** and eat cookies," the wrestler known as The Rock tweeted at C.M.'s fuzzy pal, Elmo. "And I'm almost all out of cookies."
Yes, my friend.
This Rock devours cookies.
All kinds of cookies 😈🍪
I’ll introduce you to #CheatMeals and it’ll change your life.
Tell Cookie Monster to move it over, cuz I’m coming to Sesame Street to kick ass and eat cookies.
And I’m almost all outta cookies.
~ Rock 🐂 https://t.co/BjlZciRqxU
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) January 6, 2022
Cookie Monster wasted little time responding to Johnson's bluster. "Me say cookie challenge accepted," Sesame Street's sweet-toothed citizen replied.
Me say cookie challenge ACCEPTED!!!
— Cookie Monster (@MeCookieMonster) January 6, 2022
This sure-to-be-epic face-off is the direct result of another cookie-related Sesame Street feud that's been consuming the internet's attention: Elmo vs. Rocco, pet rock pal of Elmo's good friend Zoe. On Jan. 3, the trio started trending on Twitter thanks to a freshly viral clip from a 2004 episode of Sesame Street that showed Elmo, Zoe and Rocco struggling with how to share the last oatmeal raisin cookie. "Rocco says that he wants the oatmeal raisin cookie," Zoe says, to which Elmo forcefully responds: "Rocco's a rock, Zoe! Rocco won't know the difference!"
there are tears in my eyes y’all my stomach hurting pic.twitter.com/bbkF9yDZLf
— cheye (dr.booty) (@wumbooty) January 4, 2022
Two days later, Elmo addressed his nearly two-decade old outburst, insisting that he and Zoe are still on great terms. As for Rocco... well, in the words of one of Twitter's new favorite jams — we don't talk about Rocco.
Don't worry everybody! Elmo and Zoe practiced sharing and are still best buds forever! Elmo loves you Zoe! Ha ha ha!
Elmo doesn't want to talk about Rocco.
— Elmo (@elmo) January 5, 2022
Ever the low-key troublemaker, Elmo continued to poke the (stone) bear, not-so-innocently wondering why a rock would want a cookie anyway.
Has anybody ever seen a rock eat a cookie? Elmo is just curious.
— Elmo (@elmo) January 5, 2022
At that point, the Rock himself entered the chat to stick up for rock-kind... and boast about his Instagram-friendly Cheat Meal training. Believe it or not, when this bout is scheduled, it'll be the first time that Johnson has ever appeared on Sesame Street. And you'd best believe that fans are already taking bets for how 2022's biggest cookie battle is gonna go down.
This. This right here is what Twitter and the Internet were invented for. The Rock vs Cookie Monster.
— Brenda (she/her) (@canadianfrost) January 6, 2022
— Agent Summer (@agentsummer1013) January 6, 2022
When that first batch of cookies comes out the oven pic.twitter.com/Lyo0C7Dqwe
— The name is Dalton (@DGarz83) January 6, 2022
Cookie Monster will crush the Rock!
— David Doub (@DuskComics) January 6, 2022
Cookie, I've been following his #Cheatmeals for a long time bro...
you better bring your A is for cookie game.
— GrumpyGhost (@AGrumpyGhost) January 6, 2022
Carful now Cookie Monster, this is the Black Adam you are talking to
— 𝕽 𝖊 𝖛 𝖊 𝖗 𝖘 𝖊⚡️🎃 𝕲 𝖔 𝖇 𝖑 𝖎 𝖓 (@ReverseGoblin) January 6, 2022
I like the Rock but I'm totes team Monster. I've been a Cookie Monster fan for 40+ years so gotta go with blue
lay the smackdown on his cookie bum!! pic.twitter.com/bAgieSqimb
— 𝑴𝒊𝒔𝒔𝒚 𝑨𝒏𝒕𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒕𝒕𝒆 𝑮𝒚𝒑𝒔𝒚 (@AntointteG) January 6, 2022
One thing's for sure: Johnson won't be asking Vin Diesel how to get to Sesame Street.
Sesame Street is currently airing on HBO and PBS.