Before the WWF (1972-1996)
The Rock was born Dwayne Douglas Johnson on May 5th, 1972 in Hayward California. The Rock spent most of his childhood traveling with his family and returned to the US in the late 1980s. The Rock attended The University of Miami, where he played college football as a Running Back for the Hurricanes. After a knee injury sidelined his NFL career, he decided to take a shot at wrestling. He was trained by his father former tag champ "Soul Man" Rocky Johnson. The Rock made his WWF debut at the 1996 Survivor Series in New York City.
WWF/WWE (1996 -2004)
The Rock debuted as Rocky Mavia at the 1996 Survivor Series. Originally billed as a clean cut good guy, he was met with excessive boos and hatred. A popular chant at the time was, "Rocky Sucks!" and "Die Rocky, Die!" Instead of letting this destroy him, Rocky Mavia transformed himself into "The Rock". A smack talking Jabroni beater, The Rock quickly began his ascent to the top of the WWF. In 1997 he aligned himself with the, "Nation of Domination", a Black heel faction. While a member of the Nation, The Rock quickly became the groups most famous member. This did not bode well with the Nation's leader, Faarooq. The group began to breakdown from the inside with Rock quickly becoming the groups leader. The Rock was too popular to stay within the walls of The Nation and he left them in 1998. Later on in the year The Rock would go onto becoming the WWF champion after aligning himself with Vince McMahon and his Corporation.
Feud with Mandkind
The Rock's first WWF title feud would be with Mankind, the man he "beat" to win the title. Their battles for the belt resulted in many title changes with The Rock ultimately coming out on top. Their most famous match occurred at the 1999 Royal Rumble. Their, "I Quit" match was one of the most barbaric matches in WWF history. Mankind took approximately 15 chair shots and bled profusely throughout the match. The Rock walked out with the belt under shady circumstances.
WrestleMania and Stone Cold Steve Austin
After finishing feud with Mankind, The Rock went onto face the most popular star in the WWF at the time, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. The Rock and Austin's rivalry was even more heated due to Vince McMahon's hatred for Austin. McMahon's Corporation threw everything at Austin, but ultimately he walked away with the WWF title at WrestleMania XV and beat The Rock again at "Backlash", the following Pay Per View. But that was not the end of The Rock and Austin...
The People's Champion
After losing twice to Austin (due to outside circumstances), The Rock went on to feud with the likes of the Undertaker, Billy Gunn, Triple H and a few others.As a hero, that the people stood behind, The Rock's career soared to new heights. In June of 1999 he feuded with The Undertaker for the WWF title, but lost due to interference by Undertaker's manager, Paul Bearer. The Rock went onto feuding with Triple H to become Number One Contender for the WWF title but ultimately lost in a Brahma Bull Strap Match at "Fully Loaded" in July of 1999. The Rock would go onto facing Billy Gunn at the 1999 SummerSlam in the infanous "Kiss My Ass" match, which he won. After SummerSlam, The Rock would meet Mankind again, but this time as partners
The Rock N' Sock Connection
In the fall of 1999, two former rivals, The Rock and Mankind, would come together to form one of the most memorable WWF Tag Teams of all time. Together they made WWF history by starring in the most watched segment in WWF history (at that time) and winning the WWF Tag Team Titles on 3 occasions. While their time together may have been short lived, the moments they shared on screen are still talked about to this day.
A New Millennium
The year 2000 started off with a bang for The Rock. In January, The Rock won the 30 man Royal Rumble match, cementing him a spot in the main event at that year's WrestleMania, or so he thought. The Big Show, the largest WWF athlete ever, challenged the legitimacy of The Rock's victory. Big Show claimed that while he was in the process of being eliminated from the match, The Rock's feet touched the ground, thus rendering him eliminated before The Big Show and making Big Show the winner. The Rock didn't see it that way. The two faced off at the next Pay Per View (PPV), No Way Out. At No Way Out, a former member of The Corporation, Shane McMahon, returned to cost The Rock the match, and his spot in the main event of WrestleMania. Furious over this, The Rock stated that he wanted one more match to determine the #1 contender for the title at WrestleMania. If he lost, The Rock would voluntarily retire from The WWF. The Rock won. Due to the circumstances set forth by the current WWF champion, Triple H, The Rock would not be alone in facing the champ at WrestleMania. The main event at WrestleMania 2000 would be a fatal 4 way match, a 1st in WrestleMania history. The Rock faced Triple H, The Big Show, and former tag partner, Mick Foley ( the real name of Mankind) in the main event. Ultimately The Rock would lose the match due to his then manager, Vince McMahon, turning on him and joining Triple H. The Rock would get one more chance at the title, but this time walk away with the gold. At Backlash 2000, more than a year after losing the belt, The Rock would go on to defeat Triple H and become the WWF Champion.
The Rock would lose the belt to Triple H one more time before becoming the WWF Champ again and holding it for the better part of the year. In October of 2000 The Rock lost to Kurt Angle, thanks in part to a kick to the face from outside interferer Rikishi. The Rock would try to regain the title again later in the year, but failed.
The Rock and Stone Cold part 2
2001 started off with the long time rivals meeting once again in the 30 man Royal Rumble match. Unlike the previous year, The Rock would not be victorious. Stone Cold walked away that night with his spot guaranteed for WrestleMania, The Rock would have to find another way to the "Grandest Stage of Them All" After defeating Kurt Angle, The Rock became the WWF Champion and the main event of WrestleMania was set, The Rock v Stone Cold #2 The match was epic but the ending is what's remembered the most. The unthinkable occurred, Stone Cold aligned himself with Vince McMahon!. The following night The Rock was indefinitely suspended and he wasn't seen until. ...
The Rock saves the WWF
A few months after The Rock left, the WWF was invaded by their rivals, the WCW and ECW. To make matters worse Stone Cold Steve Austin joined the WCW/ECW Alliance, leaving Vince McMahon without a champion. Vince made a call to The Rock, who did return to the WWF, though not without a little retribution. The Rock defeated the WCW's champion, Booker T, and captured the WCW title. The WWF then faced off against the Alliance in an elimination match to see which company would be the last standing. In the end, it was The Rock that defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin to "save" the WWF. The next few months would have The Rock challenge to become the 1st Undisputed Champion, a feat Chris Jericho accomplished, but what happened next would define a generation.
Icon vs. Icon
After not being able to capture the Undisputed Championship, The Rock would face off against arguably the most famous WWF superstar ever, Hulk Hogan. The Rock faced off against Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania X-8 in Toronto. In front of 67,000 fans, The Rock rose to the occasion and defeated Hulk Hogan. The Rock would not show up on television again until July of 2002. On this occasion, The Rock became the Undisputed WWE Champion, and also became the 1st 7time champion. He'd hold onto the title until he faced off against Brock Lesnar. After that match The Rock would change again, becoming something never seen before.
Rock is Back
Early in 2003, The Rock came back, but The Rock we had known for years was gone. No longer concerned with being the "People's Champ" The Rock was only in it for himself. He felt the people turned on him when he faced Hulk Hogan in Toronto. When the WWE returned to Canada, The Rock faced Hulk Hogan, beating him too. After The Rock defeated Hogan, he went on to finally Defeat Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania XIX. The Rock had done it all.
A Few More Appearances
The Rock would show up a few more times on TV. He faced Goldberg and left for quite some time. He returned to help his friend, Mankind, deal with a group called Evolution. Though they didn't win, The Rock N' Sock Connection still wowed the audience.
After The Rock left WWE, her went on to pursue a career in acting. He had a string of hits and still continues to star in big budget productions.
In February of 2011, The Rock made a surprise return to the WWE. This time he returned to host WrestleMania 27. In the weeks leading up to the event, he developed a feud with John Cena. He didn't like what Cena stood for, citing that he was for the kids. When WrestleMania came, The Rock prevented John Cena from becoming WWE Champion. The night after WrestleMania, The Rock and John Cena officially announced they would face each other at WrestleMania 28 in Miami, Florida, The Rock's hometown.
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