The Rock is one of the biggest names in the history of professional wrestling and even in Hollywood, but it wasn’t done in just a day. In fact, The Great One has disclosed the shockingly low pay he got at the start of his professional wrestling career.

The Brahma Bull has come a long way since his debut back in 1996, as he was initially a babyface that no one cared about until he turned heel as part of The Nation of Domination. Currently, he is a legend in the business and a Box Office draw wherever he goes.

The Rock took to his Instagram and uploaded a video of himself making a surprise appearance at a Target store. While speaking in the video, The Great One revealed that he used to earn $40 per match when he was wrestling in Memphis, Tennessee during the early stage of his career.

“I’ve been very fortunate to have a pretty good career over the years, and this kind of stuff, though it never ceases to move me and to make me so grateful. Here we are in Target, Memphis, Tennessee, where I started my career many, many years ago, where I was making 40 bucks a match, eating at the Waffle House.”


The Rock is currently on a generational run as a heel in WWE once again and it remains to be seen how he will be booked in the coming weeks, as we are finally approaching WrestleMania 40 in a little over two weeks.

Are you truly inspired by The Rock becoming such a big star from such humble beginnings? Sound off in the comments section below!

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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