Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday dear Rocky, Happy Birthday to you. Beat you didn't see this post starting off like that now did you. For those who don't know Dwayne Johnson was originally thought destined to become a football player, or that's what most thought after he graduated from the University of Miami in 1995. But after coming up short in the CFL (Canadian Football League) Dwayne began to look elsewhere. In late 1995 though his dad resisted at first Rocky began to train to become a pro-wrestler. With the help of Pat Patterson, Rocky landed tryout matches with the WWE or WWF at the time, though nothing really happened Rock didn't give up.
Rocky ended up down in Memphis, TN as a part of the promotion called USWA (United States Wrestling Association) which was owned by Jerry Jarrett & Jerry Lawler. Dwayne's original debut came as a part of this company under the name of Flex Kavana. Sometime in 1996, Rocky signed with the WWE and would be set to the training camp to receive further training from Dr. Tom Pritchard. Rocky would debut for the WWE at the 1996 Survivor Series in a Traditional Survivor Series elimination match; Rocky would be the sole survivor for his team.
Fast forward around a year and after the crowd turned their back on Rocky, with chants such as "Die Rocky Die." The white meat baby face that was once Rocky Maivia seemingly became The Rock overnight. Around this time his first feud with Steve Austin began over the Intercontinental Title. As time wore on The Rock would become one of if the top stars ever to be in the WWE both in and out of the ring. The Rock's feuds during this time with the likes of: Mankind, Triple H, Steve Austin, Ken Shamrock, The Undertaker, & many others produced some of the greatest matches and even of the most underrated matches in the history of the WWE.
Around the beginning of 2001 The Rock began working in Hollywood as well as the WWE and his work began with the movie The Mummy Returns. By 2003 The Rock's movie career had begun taking off and he was officially putting wrestling behind him in place of his movie career. Though over the next few years Rock would make the occasional appearance it wouldn't be until 2011 that The Rock would Finally (No Pun Intended) return to the ring. The Rock would return to the ring at WrestleMania 28 against John Cena in a match that was billed as "Once in a Lifetime" only to have a rematch set for the following year. At the Royal Rumble 2012, The Rock would become WWE Champion by ending the 474 day reign of CM Punk, and would proceed to defeat Punk again at No Way Out and then lose the title to Cena at WrestleMania 29. Since then The Rock has appeared sporadically including the appearances at the last two WrestleMania's and having a face off with Rusev on Raw.
Below is a list of The Rock's Wrestling Achievements:
8 time WWE World Champion
2 time WWE Intercontinental Champion
5 time WWE Tag Team Champion
2 time WCW World Champion
2 time USWA Tag Team Champion
I love looking back wrestling's past. I view my job as bring new life to the part of wrestling some people thought was gone.