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, where 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.
While speaking on the Busted Open podcast, Mark Henry stated that The Rock had the best character change, transitioning from the Rocky Maivia gimmick to become The Rock. He added that The Rock hated his first character and wanted to quit WWE.
“He fought that tooth and nail [to move away from his original gimmick]. It got to that point where he was like, ‘Man, I wish I could get to the quarterback because I will go back and play football.’ He hated it. He wanted to quit. It got to the point where he finally said, ‘Hey, let me try some stuff,’ and when he started trying, he started trying it in the car.
He was like, ‘Hey, Mark, what did you say your last name was?’ And I was like, ‘Fool, you know my last name, [imitates The Rock’s catchphrase] It doesn’t matter what your name is.”
The Rock went on to become the megastar that he is today and he will always be grateful for his initial heel turn. We’ll have to see whether he will return to WWE television next year or not.
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