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The Rock Turtleneck: The Origins of a Meme

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The Rock Turtleneck is one of the most popular memes on the internet. The image of The Rock wearing a turtleneck, and a fanny pack, with hair, has been used to make fun of everything from the wrestling icon’s fashion choices to his acting skills. But where did this meme come from?

Not too surprisingly, it all started with The Rock’s early time in the WWE. In the early 2000s, he was one of the biggest stars in WWE. He was known for his impressive in-ring skills and his entertaining promos.

Before that though, Dwayne Johnson was known as Rocky Maivia, and in the 90s a picture was taken of him wearing the now-iconic turtleneck and fanny pack combo. And of course, back then Dwayne had hair too!

The Rock Turtleneck Meme

In 2002, The Rock starred in the movie The Scorpion King. The movie was a box office success and The Rock was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Action.

However, The Rock’s performance in The Scorpion King was not well-received by critics. The Washington Post wrote that The Rock “lacks the charisma to carry a film”.

The negative reviews for The Scorpion King led to some hilarious memes mocking The Rock’s acting skills.

The Rock Turtleneck memes continued to be popular in the years following The Scorpion King. In 2011, Johnson starred in the movie Fast Five. The movie was a box office success and The Rock was nominated for a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Action Movie Star.

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