Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson remains one of the most popular pro wrestlers to have ever stepped foot inside the squared circle. He was a true icon in WWE and his stock only rose after The Rock made his way to Hollywood. He is now the highest-paid actor in the industry.
However, The Rock certainly did not have the best of starts in WWE as his Rocky Maivia character was largely panned by fans and eventually led to the infamous ”Die Rocky die” chants.
On the occasion of The Rock’s 25th Anniversary with WWE, many WWE Superstars celebrated the occasion by talking about their favorite moments from The Brahma Bull.
According to Fox Sports, the likes of Drew McIntyre, Damian Priest, Johnny Gargano and more celebrated the Rock’s debut back at Survivor Series 1996.
It’s almost impossible to choose one Rock ‘moment,’ as the beauty of Rock was that he was a moment-creating machine. He showed the world we are so much more than just wrestlers. From being a top box office attraction and business mogul to potential future president, he’s done it all [while] being a good person. He’s an inspiration to every WWE Superstar.
Moment-wise, if I had to pick, it would be a simple one, but it shows why our industry is so incredible: Rock/Hogan face-to-face in Toronto.
Twenty-five years ago, I sat in Madison Square Garden cheering on a debuting Rocky Maivia. He would go on to become one of my biggest inspirations.
So many great memories come to mind when I think of The Rock, but Billy’s prayer might be my favorite. Makes me laugh every time! ‘Bob?’”
The Rock was at RAW to do some filming for the ‘Fighting With My Family’ movie. At the time, I was part of the cruiserweight division, and we all pretty much knew to ‘stay out of the way.’
Rock was walking by with a camera crew and was obviously busy, talking to multiple people about the upcoming shoot. He walks by all the cruisers, who are pretty much posted up against the wall to not be in his way. He stops, does a 180 and says hello to all of us. Shook everyone’s hand.
Now, saying hello shouldn’t be a big deal, but when you’re brand-new and one of the biggest stars in the world treats you as a peer, it means something.
Class act from him.”
The Rock also recently stated that he would make his return to WWE only if it makes sense. The Rock hasn’t wrestled a proper WWE match in years, as his last match was back in WrestleMania 32. It remains to be seen whether The Rock will be back around time for WrestleMania 39.
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