Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson remains one of the most popular pro wrestlers to have ever stepped foot inside the squared circle. The Rock has done it all as far as being a pro wrestler is concerned. He didn’t have the beat of states in WWE. It seems The Undertaker didn’t think The Rock would last after his WWE debut.

The Rock certainly did not have the best of starts in WWE, as his Rocky Maivia character was hated by almost everyone. The Rock eventually found his groove thanks to his electrifying persona and charisma.

While speaking with Gary Vaynerchuk, The Undertaker talked about The Rock’s WWE debut. The Phenom admitted that he thought The Rock would not last long following his debut.

“He came into Madison Square Garden, and they’d given him the name of Rocky Maivia. Oh my gosh, it was awful.


“I mean, they handcuffed him right out of the get go, right? I remember watching him, and the Garden [fans], they’re merciless if they don’t like what you’re doing. And man, they just lit him up.”

I had no clue to how charismatic he was. I was like, ‘Such a shame, he’s not gonna be here long.’

Once he got to The Nation of Domination, it had completely flipped.

“By the time he was at the end of his run with them, I was like, ‘He’s not gonna be here long.’ You could just tell that he was destined [to move on to better things].”

The Rock also refused to wear Muslim attire in WWE. We’ll have to see whether The Rock will return to WWE by the time WrestleMania 39 takes place next year, as fans would love for that to happen.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet, a professional wrestling fan for over 20+ years, found his passion during the Monday Night Wars. With expertise honed over decades and a broad spectrum of interests including TV, movies, anime, novels, and music, he offers insightful analysis and coverage. Respected in the industry, Subhojeet keeps fans informed and engaged with his knowledge and perspective.

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