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Upon His First Portrayal of a “Heel”, Dwayne Johnson Discloses to Joe Rogan a Surreal Moment Before He Met Vince McMahon

Upon His First Portrayal of a “Heel”, Dwayne Johnson Discloses to Joe Rogan a Surreal Moment Before He Met Vince McMahon

Dwayne Johnson is arguably the most recognizable figure in the annals of WWE history. The fighter-turned-actor embarked on his journey as a relatively unknown wrestler and gradually got to the pinnacle of the sport. Nonetheless, many might not know that ‘Rock’ was a hated individual when he initially graced WWE. While the promotion pushed him to an all-time high, it soon backfired with chants of ‘Rocky sucks’ at the arena.

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Joe Rogan hosted ‘The Rock’ in his podcast and while having the conversation. Johnson illuminated many things that surrounded his journey. His debut at Madison Square Garden was sold out followed by him eliminating all 5 on 5 at the tag team match. The chants of ‘Rocky’ ‘Rocky’ soon would change, but not before Johnson had an epic match with Triple H. So what was asked of him during his all time low that followed? Let us delve to understand The Rock’s journey.

Dwayne Johnson illuminates his career to Joe Rogan

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Dwayne Johnson while in conversation with Joe Rogan on his podcast gave us an unfiltered version of him. The Hollywood star started by having a conversation about the time when he was young and struggling to find a better career for him. In the conversation, Johnson revealed that he met Pat Patterson who then pitched him to Vince McMahon. “I once called a guy named Pat Patterson, who was Vince McMahon’s right-hand man,” recalled Johnson.

He added “I replied, “I’d love for you to come down and just watch me train. If I’ve got anything to offer, let me know. If I don’t, just tell me that’s all I want. Surprisingly, he agreed”. Johnson added that Patterson wanted him to act as a heel in wrestling.

“He asked, “Can you work as a heel?” I said, “Sure, I’d love to.” In wrestling, a heel is the bad guy, employing aggressive, dirty, and cheating tactics.” said Johnson. In the end ‘Rock’ inquires Patterson whether he is fit for wrestling or not. Patterson at that time advised ‘Rock’ to work as a heel for now. However ‘Rock’ was unaware of the fact that Patterson has better plans for him.

I thought maybe I messed things up, or maybe not. Little did I know, he went home and called Vince McMahon, saying, “You’ve got to see this Fu**ing kid.” Vince, inquired, “Rocky Johnson’s son?” Pat replied, “Alright, let me see him. Bring him out this Monday on Raw.” explained Johnson. WWE might be the start of ‘Rock’s journey, however, there was a time when the fighter was thinking of shifting.

‘Rock’ was about to leave WWE for MMA

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Down in the conversation, Johnson added that there was a time when he was he was willing to leave WWE and shift to Pride MMA. The fighter-turned-actor gave the reasoning that WWE fighters were making way less than Pride MMA fighters at that time.

I started talking to Ken Shamrock, who was wrestling with us. I run into Mark Kerr, and I start talking to him. He tells me a little bit about Pride, and I have this idea in my head – well, maybe I should train for MMA and go to Pride, make real money.” Said Johnson. Nonetheless staying loyal to WWE rewarded ‘Rock’ with everything that he has today.

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