The Rock WWE Profile
The Rock – real name Dwayne Douglas Johnson – is a retired professional wrestler, having spent the entirety of his career with WWE.
Born on May 2, 1972 in Hayward, California, The Rock is now aged 50 years old. He stands at a height of 6ft 5ins tall (1.96m).
He is known as being one of the most popular superstars in the history of WWE, particularly in his time during the Attitude Era, with his popularity continuing after he left the company to pursue an acting career.
It is The Rock’s career in the moves (more on that to come) which has made his fame stratospheric and he is now one of the most recognisable men in the world.
The Rock made his feature film debut in a small role in 2001’s The Mummy Returns, which subsequently saw him star in the same role, a starring role, in the Scorpion King.
He has gone on to become one of the most famous and highest-paid actors on the planet, and is now part of billion-dollar franchises like Jumanji and The Fast and the Furious.
Since 2021, he has produced and starred as an adult version of himself in the NBC sitcom, Young Rock – an autobiographical tale of his time as a youngster dealing with his Samoan mother and wrestler father.
He has also starred in the HBO series Ballers.
Not surprising with a movie career as well as wrestling, but The Rock’s net worth is reportedly around $400million. Nice work Dwayne.
The Rock Wife & Daughters
The Rock has been married twice and his current spouse is Lauren Hashian, who he wed in 2019. The couple have two daughters – Jasmine and Tiana.
Before that The Rock was married to Dany Garcia between 1997 and 2008. Their daughter Simone Johnson is training to become a professional wrestler, and is set to be the first ever fourth-generation superstar within WWE.
From NFL flop to wrestling superstar
After a career in pro football in the NFL failed to take off (he went undrafted in 1995 before a short-lived spell in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders, The Rock would eventually go into the family business of professional wrestling.
The Rock’s father, Rocky Johnson, was a wrestler with the NWA and WWF, while his grandfather was High Chief Peter Maivia of Samoan heritage.
He is one of only a few third-generation wrestlers to become a superstar with WWE.
Rock made his PPV debut as Rocky Maivia on the 1996 edition of Survivor Series in which he took place in a traditional Survivor Series match which he would go on to win.
His push as a traditional babyface did not go down well with fans, who began chanting things like ‘die Rocky die’.
This let to a gimmick change, as he would change his name to The Rock and start dressing in more traditional attire – a major alteration from his flamboyant persona previously.
He would join the Nation of Domination alongside Faarooq, D’Lo Brown, Mark Henry, and Kama. Though initially a lieutenant of leader Faarooq, Rock would eventually usurp him to become the leader of the group before it disbanded in 1998.
The Rock was not a babyface, but that didn’t last long as he quickly turned heel again, aligning himself with Vince McMahon and the Corporation, thus becoming the ’˜Corporate Champion’ after winning the WWF Championship.
It was around this time that Rock started a famous feud with Mick Foley in which they would face each other in a televised match at half-time in the Super Bowl, as well as a violent ’˜I Quit’ match at the Royal Rumble.
The Rock vs Stone Cold Steve Austin
The Rock would subsequently become involved in the defining feud of his career with Stone Cold Steve Austin. The duo would battle on their way to Wrestlemania, getting involved in various promos, some of which included beer trucks, hearses, and rivers.
He would lose the WWF Championship to Austin at Wrestlemania 15 and the rematch at Backlash, which would catalyse a face turn to make him the top star in the company.
With Austin subsequently taking time off, this would allow The Rock to reach true superstardom, and in the year 2000 he would main event 38/52 RAW episodes – a record which still stands to this day.
Throughout 2000 he would feud with Triple H and the McMahon-Helmsley faction, The Big Show, and Kurt Angle, facing The Game in some capacity at various PPVs including Wrestlemania Backlash, Judgement Day, and King of the Ring and Armageddon.
He would win the WWF Championship again versus Kurt Angle at the 2001 edition of No Way Out, which set up another match against Austin at Wrestlemania 17. It is regarded as one of the greatest Wrestlemania events of all time.
After losing that match, he would take a hiatus from the company.
A triumphant return to WWE
Upon his return, he would be involved in the invasion angle and win the WCW Championship, as well as the Winner Takes All Survivor Series match between the WWF, ECW and WCW.
At Wrestlemania 18, he took part in one of the most famous matches in history, taking on the returning Hollywood Hulk Hogan, who had previously made his way back to the WWF from WCW as part of the New World Order.
He would win the match in Toronto, but the crowd was hugely in favour of Hogan, which started Rock’s return to a heel status.
He would be involved in various feuds in 2003 and 2004 and most notably retired Austin a match at Wrestlemania 19.
After a seven-year hiatus, The Rock returned to WWE to be named as the host of Wrestlemania 27, and it was from then he started a feud with John Cena. After Rock cost Cena the title, the pair would face each other in consecutive Wrestlemania matches, with each gaining a win.
In between the feud with Cena was a feud with CM Punk in which he won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship again.
The Rock is known for many things, and ‘the eyebrow’ is one of them. His eyebrow raise (just one of them btw) has become one of the most used WWE memes on social media.
In 2014 The Rock revealed on Instagram what has become an infamous photograph of him. Taken in 1994, it shows him wearing a black turtleneck, a huge chain around his neck, a fanny pack and an outrageous hairstyle. It has gone down in pop culture folkore since – once again a viral meme.
The Rock Theme
The Rock has had numerous incarnations of his theme song, with the latest being ’˜Electrifying’.
The Rock Finisher
The Rock has two finishers – ’˜The People’s Elbow’ and ’˜Rock Bottom’
Tag Team Champion
Royal Rumble winner