Dwayne Johnson celebrates his birthday on May 2, and regardless of the millions…and millions that he earns from his absurdly successful acting career, he will always be The Rock.
Of course, he didn’t start off as “The Rock.”
In the video below, Johnson looks back on his WWE debut that took place at Madison Square Garden on the Survivor Series pay-per-view event on November 17, 1996. Then billed as Rocky Maivia, he was a long way from becoming “The Most Electrifying Man In Sports Entertainment,” but even The Rock had to start somewhere.
Seriously, that hair alone was ridiculous (which he acknowledges), never mind his gear.
Eventually, crowds everywhere would soon sour on the squeaky clean Maivia. As if almost by fate, a knee injury put Johnson on the shelf for four months, and when he returned in August 1997, The Rock was born.
The rest is history.
WrestleMania: 10 Interesting Facts About 'The Showcase of the Immortals'
WrestleMania 39 kicks off tomorrow, and the Showcase of the Immortals is going “Hollywood.”
Taking place over the course of two nights on April 1 and 2, WrestleMania 39 will emanate from SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. The event will feature packed cards on both nights including Roman Reigns defending the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship against Cody Rhodes and Charlotte Flair defending the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship against Rhea Ripley
Additionally, fans will see a Hell in a Cell match between Edge and “The Demon” Finn Balor and a six-woman tag team match with Damage CTRL taking on Becky Lynch and WWE Hall of Famers Trish Stratus and Lita.
To celebrate “The Grandest Stage of Them All,” here are 10 interesting facts about WrestleMania.
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