The Rock is considered by many to be the biggest superstar in WWE histzzz as well as one of the top box office draws in wrestling history.WWE legend Hulk Hogan called The Rock “the biggest superstar in this business”, 15-time world champion John Cena described him as “the biggest superstar in the history of WWE”and “the most successful WWE superstar ever”. WCW icon Diamond Dallas Page described him as “the biggest star in our business, of all time”. Vince Russo, the head writer of WWE’s most popular era, The Attitude Era, stated: “I don’t think there’s ever going to be a star in the history of this business that is bigger than The Rock”.The Rock is also the first African-American WWE champion in the history of the company.
Johnson’s autobiography The Rock Says…, co-written with Joe Layden, was published in 2000. It debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list, spent 20 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and sold 720,000 copies in hardcover alone.Johnson’s first leading film role was in The Scorpion King in 2002. For this role, he was paid US $5.5 million, a world record for an actor in his first starring role.He has since appeared in various films, and become known for his ability to reinvigorate film franchises. Perhaps his greatest success in his acting career can be sourced to his role as Luke Hobbs in The Fast and the Furious franchise. He hosted and producedThe Hero, a reality competition series; and has since continued to produce TV series and films through his production company Seven Bucks Productions, each of which he also stars in. Forbes listed Dwayne Johnson #25 in the Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities in 2013.Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016.
Johnson was a promising football prospect, and received offers from many Division I collegiate programs. He decided upon a full scholarship from the University of Miami to play defensive tackle. In 1991, he was on the Miami Hurricanes’ national championshipteam. After an injury kept him sidelined, he was replaced by future National Football League (NFL) starWarren Sapp.While attending Miami, Johnson met his future wife, Dany Garcia, who graduated from the university in 1992 and later became a member of its Board of Trustees.She also founded a Miami-based wealth management firm. In 2006, the couple donated $2 million to build a living room at the University’s Newman Alumni Center.
After losing the Intercontinental Championship to Owen Hart on April 28, 1997 Raw Is War and suffering a knee injury in a match against Mankind Maivia returned as a heel. Along with Faarooq, D’Lo Brown, and Kama, he formed a stablecalled the Nation of Domination. During this time, he refused to acknowledge the “Rocky Maivia” name, instead referring to himself in the third person as “The Rock”. He insulted the audience in his promos, as well as WWF television interviewers, once calling Kevin Kelly an “ugly hermaphrodite”.
At D-Generation X: In Your House, Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated The Rock in under six minutes to retain the Intercontinental Championship. The next night, on Raw Is War, Austin was ordered by Mr. McMahon to defend the title in a rematch, but forfeited it to The Rock instead, handing him the belt before hitting him with the Stone Cold Stunner.The Rock feuded with Austin and Ken Shamrock through the end of 1997 and beginning of 1998. In March 1998, The Rock overthrew Faarooq as leader of the Nation of Domination, sparking a feud. He successfully defended the Intercontinental title against Faarooq at Over the Edge: In Your House on May 31, 1998.
The Rock’s entertaining promos and ensuing popularity led to a face turn, in which he called himself “The People’s Champion”. This led to a feud with Mr. McMahon, who said he had “a problem with the people” and would thus target “The People’s Champion”. A double turn occurred at Survivor Series, when The Rock defeated McMahon’s associate, Mankind, in the finals of the “Deadly Game” tournament for the vacant WWF Championship in a fashion reminiscent of the Montreal Screwjob. The Rock allied with Vince andShane McMahon as the crown jewel of their stable, The Corporation.
On December 13, 1998, at the pay-per-view named for him, Rock Bottom: In Your House, The Rock had a rematch with Mankind for the WWF Championship. Mankind appeared to win the match when The Rock passed out in the Mandible Claw submission move, but Mr. McMahon ruled that since The Rock did not tap out, he retained his title. The Rock continued to feud with Mankind over the WWF Championship, which was traded back and forth between them. First, in the main event of January 4, 1999 Raw Is War, Mankind defeated The Rock after interference from Steve Austin. Then, in an “I Quit” match atRoyal Rumble on January 24, The Rock regained the title, when a recording of Mankind saying “I quit” from an earlier interview was played over the PA system.On Halftime Heat (an episode of Sunday Night Heat aired in the same timeslot as the Super Bowl XXXIII halftime show) on January 31, Mankind pinned The Rock using a forklift truck in an empty arena match. The two faced off again, at St. Valentine’s Day Massacre: In Your House, in a last man standing match. The bout ended in a draw, meaning Mankind retained the title. Their feud ended on February 15 Raw Is War, when The Rock won his third WWF Championship in a ladder match after Big Show chokeslammed Mankind off the ladder.
Toward the latter part of 1999, The Rock had several singles and tag team championship opportunities. He teamed with former enemy Mankind as The Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection, after he challenged WWF Tag Team Champions The Undertaker and Big Show, and Mankind offered his help. They won the title for the first of three times.The two performed numerous comedic skits together, including one on Raw Is War called “This Is Your Life” (based on the TV show), in which Mankind produced people from The Rock’s past, such as his high school girlfriend and his high school football coach. The segment earned an 8.4 Nielsen rating, one of the highest ratings ever for a Raw segment.
The Rock’s popularity was fueled by his charisma and speaking abilities, which led to many catchphrases and merchandising opportunities.
At Royal Rumble on January 23, 2000, The Rock entered the Royal Rumble match and was one of the final two remaining, along with Big Show; Show seemingly intended to throw The Rock over the top rope in a running powerslam-like position, but Rock countered the move on the ring apron, sending Big Show to the floor before re-entering the ring as the winner. However, The Rock’s feet hit the floor first, although those watching the event on TV did not see that, until Big Show proved this with additional video footage, and claimed to be the rightful winner. Despite this proof, the original decision could not be reversed, so a number one contender’s match for the WWF Championship was held at No Way Out, which Big Show won after Shane McMahon interfered and hit The Rock in the head with a steel chair as he attempted to execute a People’s Elbow. The Rock defeated Big Show on March 13 episode of Raw Is War to regain the right to face the WWF Champion, Triple H, atWrestleMania 2000 in a fatal four-way elimination match, also including Big Show and Mick Foley. Each wrestler had a McMahon in his corner; Triple H had his wife, Stephanie, Foley had Linda, The Rock had Vince, and Big Show had Shane. Triple H retained the title after Vince betrayed The Rock by hitting him with a chair.
The Rock as the WWF Champion in 2000
Over the next few months, The Rock feuded with Triple H over the WWF Championship. On April 30, at Backlash, The Rock defeated Triple H for his fourth WWF Championship reign, after Steve Austin intervened on The Rock’s behalf.] On 21 May, at Judgment Day, the two had an Iron Man match, with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee.With the score tied at five falls each, and with seconds left on the time limit, The Rock was disqualified when The Undertaker attacked Triple H, giving Triple H the 6–5 win and the title. The next night on Raw is War, The Rock got his revenge, taking out the entireMcMahon-Helmsley Faction with The Undertaker’s help. He won the WWF Championship for a fifth time at King of the Ring on June 25, by scoring the winning pin in atag team match, teamed with Kane and The Undertaker against Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon, and Triple H. He successfully defended the championship against Chris Benoit at Fully Loaded, Kurt Angle and Triple H at SummerSlam, and Benoit, Kane, and The Undertaker at Unforgiven.
The Rock lost the WWF Championship to Angle at No Mercy in October. Around this time, he feuded with Rikishi, and defeated him at Survivor Series. He wrestled a six-man Hell in a Cell match for the WWF Championship atArmageddon, which Kurt Angle won to retain the title.On December 18 on Raw, The Rock won the WWF Tag Team Championship with The Undertaker, defeating Edge and Christian, then losing it back to them the next night at aSmackDown! taping. In 2001, The Rock continued to feud with Angle over the WWF Championship, culminating atNo Way Out in February, where he pinned Angle to win the WWF Championship for a sixth time.
He then feuded with the Royal Rumble winner, Steve Austin. The Rock lost the title to Austin at WrestleMania X-Seven after Austin allied with Mr. McMahon, who interfered on his behalf. On the next night’s Raw Is War, during a steel cage title rematch, Triple H came to the ring with a sledgehammer and it seemed he would help The Rock, because of the rivalry between Austin and Triple H (and an argument with McMahon earlier in the night), but he attacked him instead, allying with McMahon and Austin. Austin and Triple H formed a tag team called The Power Trip, while The Rock was indefinitely suspended. Johnson used this time off to act in the movie The Mummy Returns.
The Rock defeated Jericho on November 5 episode of Raw for his second WCW Championship. As part of the WWF’s battle against The Alliance, The Rock wrestled in a “winner takes all” ten-man elimination match at Survivor Series. In the end, it came down to a one-on-one with Steve Austin (who had recently joined The Alliance). The Rock seemed to have the upper hand, until Jericho (a member of Team WWF, who was eliminated a few minutes earlier), entered the ring and attacked The Rock. Austin tried to capitalize on this by pinning The Rock, but Kurt Angle, a Team Alliance member, revealed his true allegiance by hitting Austin in the head with a title belt. The Rock then pinned Austin, forcing The Alliance to disband.
The Rock closed out 2001 by losing the WCW Championship at Vengeance to Chris Jericho, who would unify the WWF and WCW titles later that night. The Rock unsuccessfully challenged Jericho for both titles, now the Undisputed WWF Championship, at Royal Rumble, ending their feud. The Rock defeated The Undertaker at No Way Out. Three weeks before WrestleMania, The Rock headlined WWE’s Asian tour to Japan, Singapore and Malaysia. The first show was in Yokahama Arena and had sold 18,000 tickets in sixty minutes. Jericho, who was booked to face him for all three shows, said he brought out the best in him and described his reaction as “one of the loudest I’d ever heard in my career. It was as if Elvis had joined The Beatles and all of them were wearing Godzilla costumes.” He then feuded with the New World Order, after challenging Hollywood Hulk Hogan to a match at WrestleMania X8. The match was billed as icon versus icon, with both men representing the top tier of two generations of wrestling; ultimately Rock pinned Hogan at WrestleMania X8. After the nWo turned on Hogan for losing the match, The Rock allied with him and then took a short sabbatical from wrestling.
Hollywood gimmick (2002–2003)
When he returned, The Rock won his (then) record-breaking seventh WWF Championship (which had been renamed the Undisputed WWE Championship) at Vengeance, defeating Kurt Angle and The Undertaker in a Triple Threat match. He successfully defended the title at Global Warning against Triple H and Brock Lesnar by pinning Triple H. After the match, Lesnar attacked The Rock, until Triple H saved him. At SummerSlam, after interference from Lesnar’s manager, Paul Heyman, and the use of a steel chair, Rock lost the WWE Championship to Lesnar along with the record for the youngest WWE Champion, which Rock had set in 1998.
The Rock defeated Steve Austin in the latter’s final match at WrestleMania XIX in 2003.
Following the loss against Lesnar, The Rock publicly declared that whether or not the crowd booed him he would always be the People’s Champion, criticizing the fans in the arena and again taking a sabbatical from wrestling in order to focus on his film career.
The Rock returned on January 30, 2003 episode of SmackDown! to publicly criticize Hulk Hogan and make it clear that because of the success of his Hollywood career, WWE was no longer a priority. This reestablished him as a heel. The Rock defeated Hogan again at No Way Out and drafted himself to the Rawbrandwhere he had various feuds, including one with The Hurricane. He also performed “Rock concerts”, segments in which he played the guitar and mocked the show’s host city.
After failing to win number one contendership for the World Heavyweight Championship, The Rock turned his attention to Steve Austin who, to The Rock’s chagrin, had been chosen as “Superstar of the Decade”. This led to a match atWrestleMania XIX, which called back to their previous two WrestleMania encounters, both of which Austin had won. The Rock won after delivering three consecutive Rock Bottoms, ending their long-running feud in what turned out to be Austin’s final match.
The next night, Raw was billed as “The Rock Appreciation Night”, in honour of his victory over Austin. That night, he was attacked by a debuting Goldberg. At Backlash, Goldberg defeated The Rock, who then left WWE to focus on his film career.
Final feuds and departure (2003–2004)
The Rock then occasionally returned to WWE in non-wrestling roles, gradually turning face again by engaging in one night feuds against heels such as Chris Jericho and Christian.The Rock aided Mick Foley in his feud againstEvolution, leading to a reunion of The Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection. They faced Ric Flair, Randy Orton and Batista in ahandicap match at WrestleMania XX, losing when Orton pinned Foley after the RKO. The Rock appeared in WWE sporadically following WrestleMania XX. He stood up for Eugene, made a cameo in his hometown of Miami and helped Mick Foley turn back La Résistance. In 2004, he hosted a pie-eating contest, as part of the WWE Diva Search and ended the segment by giving Jonathan Coachman a spinebuster and a People’s Elbow.After this, he stated in several interviews that he was no longer under contract to WWE. He stated that he would continue using the trademarked name “The Rock”, per a dual ownership deal between him and WWE.
On February 14, 2011, episode of Raw, The Rock was revealed as the host ofWrestleMania XXVII, appearing live on Raw for the first time in almost seven years. During a lengthy promo, he addressed the fans, Michael Cole, The Miz and John Cena, calling Cena a “big fat bowl of Fruity Pebbles“, inspiring a popular crowd chant and sign. The Rock claimed to love wrestling, having been born into the business, a claim Cena argue. After numerous appearances via satellite, The Rock appeared live on the Raw before WrestleMania XXVII to confront Cena, with whom he had been feuding through Twitter, making fun of Cena’s clothing and calling him a “homeless Power Ranger” and “Vanilla Ice“. After he and Cena exchanged insults, The Miz and Alex Riley appeared and attacked The Rock; he fended off Miz and Riley, only for Cena to blindside him with an Attitude Adjustment.
On April 3 at WrestleMania XXVII, The Rock opened the show by cutting a promo. After appearing in numerous backstage segments, The Rock came to ringside to restart the main event between Cena and The Miz as a No Disqualification match, after it had ended in a draw. As revenge for the Attitude Adjustment Cena had given him on Raw, Rock hit Cena with the Rock Bottom, allowing The Miz to pin him and retain the WWE Championship. After the match, Rock attacked Miz and hit him with the People’s Elbow. The following night on Raw, Cena challenged The Rock to a match at WrestleMania XXVIII the next year, which Rock accepted. They then worked together to fend off an attack by The Corre, which at the time consisted ofWade Barrett, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, and Ezekiel Jackson.The Rock appeared live on Raw in his hometown of Miami on 2 May, to celebrate his 39th birthday.
The Rock celebrating his victory at WrestleMania XXVIII
On September 16, WWE announced The Rock would wrestle in a traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series tag team match, teaming with Cena at Survivor Series in November. However, on October 24 episode of Raw, Cena instead chose The Rock to be his partner in a standard tag team match against Awesome Truth (The Miz and R-Truth), which Rock which agreed to the following week via satellite. On November 14, during the special Raw Gets Rocked, The Rock appeared live, delivering Rock Bottoms to Mick Foley, who had been hosting a “This Is Your Life”-style segment for Cena, and later both members of Awesome Truth. Despite their rilvary, The Rock and Cena defeated Awesome Truth on November 20 at Survivor Series, when The Rock pinned The Miz with the People’s Elbow. After the match, The Rock gave Cena a Rock Bottom.
Leading up to WrestleMania, The Rock and Cena had several verbal confrontations on Raw. On March 12, 2012, episode, The Rock hosted his first “Rock Concert” segment since 2004, mocking Cena in his songs. He opined that, having beaten Hulk Hogan and Stone Cold Steve Austin at previous Wrestlemanias, beating Cena would make him the greatest wrestler of all time. On April 1 at WrestleMania XXVIII, The Rock faced Cena in the main event hyped for a year and billed with the tagline “Once in a Lifetime”. When an overconfident Cena attempted the People’s Elbow on The Rock, he countered with a Rock Bottom for the pin and the win. The following night on Raw, The Rock praised Cena for putting up a good fight, calling their match “an honor”. He then vowed to once again become WWE Champion.
WWE Champion (2012–2013)
On July 23 at Raw 1000, The Rock announced he would face the WWE Champion at the Royal Rumble. During the show, he encountered WWE Champion CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, and John Cena, all of whom expressed a desire to face him. He later saved Cena from an assault by Big Show, only to be laid out by CM Punk.
The Rock revealing the brand new WWE Championship design in 2013
On January 7, 2013 Raw, The Rock returned to WWE to confront his Rumble opponent, then reigning champion CM Punk. He also made his first SmackDownappearance in ten years on January 11 episode, attacking Team Rhodes Scholars with a Rock Bottom to Damien Sandow and a People’s Elbow to Cody Rhodes.The Rock closed out the 20th anniversary episode of Raw on January 14 with one of his famous “Rock concerts”, leading to a brawl with CM Punk. The following week on Raw, The Rock was attacked by The Shield. Vince McMahon then asserted that if The Shield attacked The Rock in his title match with CM Punk, Punk would be stripped of the WWE Championship. On January 27 at the Royal Rumble, Punk defeated The Rock after The Shield interfered. McMahon was about to strip Punk of the championship, however, at The Rock’s request, he instead restarted the match. This culminated in The Rock defeating Punk to win his eighth WWE Championship, a win which marked The Rock’s first WWE Championship reign in over ten years, and ending Punk’s long reign as champion at 434 days. Punk received a title rematch with The Rock at Elimination Chamber, with the added stipulation that if The Rock was disqualified or counted out, he would lose the title, but Rock pinned Punk to retain the championship. The following night on Raw, The Rock unveiled the new WWE Championship during his championship celebration, with an entirely new center plate and his signature Brahma Bull logo on the side plates. The Rock then resumed his rivalry with John Cena, with Cena blaming his personal and professional troubles on his loss to The Rock the previous year. On April 7 atWrestleMania 29, Rock lost the WWE Championship to Cena, ending his reign at 70 days. Despite being advertised for the Raw after WrestleMania, where it was stated by SmackDown General Manager Booker T that The Rock was still entitled a re-match for the WWE Championship, The Rock did not appear because of a legitimate injury sustained during WrestleMania, in which his abdominal and adductortendons tore from his pelvis.Johnson underwent surgery on April 23 to reattach the torn tendons.
In August 2013, The Rock hinted at possible retirement, but ultimately did not rule out a return.
In April 2014, the Rock appeared in the opening segment of WrestleMania XXXalong with Stone Cold Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan. On October 6 episode of Raw, the Rock made a surprise appearance to confront Rusev and Lana; this resulted in the Rock clearing Rusev from the ring. Later that week, off-air footage from the night of a staredown between the Rock and Triple H aired on the 15th anniversary show of Smackdown.
The Rock appeared at the 2015 Royal Rumble event during the main event match, where he helped Roman Reigns fend off Big Show and Kane, and was booed (“for the first time in forever”(2003) as described by Dave Scherer of PWInsider.com) for doing so. The Rock endorsed Reigns’ eventual victory, but the crowd still booed both him and Reigns. The Rock appeared at WrestleMania 31 alongside Ronda Rousey, getting into an in-ring altercation with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon (The Authority). Rock and Rousey prevailed after he attacked Triple H and she overpowered McMahon. On June 27, 2015, The Rock appeared at a live event in Boston where he confronted Bo Dallas, giving him a Rock Bottom in the process.
At WrestleMania 32, The Rock announced that WWE had broken the all time WrestleMania attendance record before being interrupted by The Wyatt Family. The Rock defeated Wyatt Family member Erick Rowan in an impromptu match, giving him a Rock Bottom and pinning him in 6 seconds and setting the record for the fastest win in WrestleMania history. The Rock was then aided by the returning John Cena to fend off the remaining members of The Wyatt Family, Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman.
In 1999, The Rock was listed #5 on Entertainment Weekly’s Top 12 Entertainers of the Year. In 2000, on an Access Hollywood’s prime-time special, The Rock was ranked number six in the Top 10 Celebrities Of 2000. Rock was also listed in Forbes Celebrity 100 that year and People Magazine’s 25 Most Intriguing People.
The Rock made a surprise appearance at the official Xbox unveiling during Bill Gates’ keynote speech at the ongoing Computer Electronics Show in 2001. Rock was also listed on E!’s 20 Top Entertainers and Entertainment Weekly’s 101 Most Influential People that year and the previous year (2000).
In 2002, Rock was listed on E!’s 25 Toughest Stars. In 2003, Rock was listed in VH1’s 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons and #13 on People Magazine’s 50 Favorite TV Stars.
Johnson’s motion picture debut was a brief appearance as The Scorpion King in the opening sequence of The Mummy Returns. The character appears in the movie’s climax in CGI form. The movie’s financial success led to his first leading role, in the spin-off The Scorpion King. He was listed in the 2007 Guinness World Records as the highest-paid actor in his first starring role, receiving US$5.5 million for this movie. The Mummy Returns, featuring The Rock, shattered a two-year record by earning $28,594,667, making it the highest-grossing single day for any film in history.
The Rock is widely considered as one of the all-time greatest professional wrestlers as well as one of the top box officedraws in wrestling history.
WWE legend Hulk Hogan called The Rock “the biggest superstar in this business”, 15-time world champion John Cenadescribed him as “the biggest superstar in the history of WWE” and “the most successful WWE superstar ever”. WCW icon Diamond Dallas Page described him as “the biggest star in our business, of all time”. Vince Russo, the head writer of WWE’s most popular era The Attitude Era, stated: “I don’t think there’s ever going to be a star in the history of this business that is bigger than The Rock”.
Many WWE legends and superstars placed The Rock on their “Mount Rushmore of Wrestling” including Hulk Hogan,Ric Flair, Chris Jericho and John Cena.
In “Cable Visions: Television Beyond Broadcasting”, The Rock was described as “for a long time, the WWE’s biggest star and probably held the greatest international appeal”. R.D. Reynolds stated in his book “The WrestleCrap Book of Lists” that The Rock was “the biggest star for WWE from 1999 until 2004.”
He main evented the most bought pay-per-view (PPV) worldwide in WWE history (WrestleMania XXVIII), the most bought pay-per-view (PPV) domestically in WWE history (WrestleMania XVII), the second highest attended event in the history of WWE (WrestleMania 29), the highest rated Raw in history, and was part of the highest rated segment in Raw history. In addition, The Rock main evented the nine highest rated Raws in history and 10 out of the 15 highest rated SmackDowns in history. His return in 2001 did a 7.1 rating which was the highest rated segment of the entire year.
The Rock was also part of the highest rated match of 2000. His steel cage match with Shane McMahon on 1 May did a 8.3 rating on the regular time and a 9.1 on the overrun making this match the most watched professional wrestling match in the United States of this millennium.
In 2011, The Rock’s return generated a lot of buzz, an average of 4.7 million people watched that episode of RAW, but 7.4 million tuned in just during The Rock’s promo. His return also led the following episode of Raw on March 7 to be the highest rated episode of that year. In that same year, The Rock wrestled his first match in years at 2011 Survivor Seriesin Madison Square Garden. The event sold out in less than 90 minutes and was the highest attended Survivor Series in almost a decade (since 2002). The Rock was also part of the highest rated Raw segment in 2012 in a segment on Raw 1000 with WWE superstars CM Punk and Daniel Bryan which drew a 4.3 rating and was also part of the highest rated overrun of that year (4.4) the same night.
The Rock’s highly anticipated WWE title match at the 2013 Royal Rumble led the event to be the most bought non-WrestleMania PPV in 7 years. The night after the 2013 Royal Rumble on January 28 which saw The Rock win the WWE Championship for the first time in over a decade was the highest rated Raw episode of that year. During that night, The Rock’s segment with CM Punk did a 4.03 rating which was the highest rated segment since Raw 1000. The Rock would also be part of the highest rated segment of 2013 in his segment with John Cena on Old School Raw which did a 4.1 rating.
Derived from one of his catchphrases “lay the smackdown”, WWE introduced its second flagship program SmackDown!which would later become television’s second longest-running weekly episodic program. The term “Smackdown” also has been included in Merriam-Webster dictionaries since 2007.
The Rock was the first wrestler to win the WWF/E Championship six times then seven times. Rock’s Intercontinental Championship’s reign in 1997–98 lasted 265 days and is the longest intercontinental title reign of the modern era (the last 24 years). Rock is the only wrestler to introduce a different design of both the Intercontinental Championship (shortly after WrestleMania XIV) and the WWE Championship (on February 18, 2013 episode of Raw). He was the youngest Intercontinental Champion as well as the youngest WWF Champion of his time.
Rock was also the first wrestler to be part of a title match at five consecutive WrestleManias, having competed for the Intercontinental title at WrestleMania 13 and WrestleMania XIV, and for the WWF Championship at WrestleMania XV, WrestleMania 2000, and WrestleMania X-Seven.
He is one of three wrestlers (along with Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker) to main event WrestleMania in three different decades, doing so in the 90s (WrestleMania XV), the 2000s (WrestleMania 2000 and WrestleMania X-Seven) and the 2010s (WrestleMania XXVIII and WrestleMania XXIX). He is also one of three wrestlers (along with Hulk Hogan and Triple H) to win the WWE title in three different decades doing so in the 90s, the 2000s and the 2010s.
The Rock also holds the record for most Raw shows main evented in one year (38 in 2000), most Smackdown shows main evented in one year (36 in 2000) and tied with Stone Cold Steve Austin (in 2001) for most PPV shows main evented in one year (12 in 2000). Overall The Rock has headlined 35 PPV events in WWE (including two Royal Rumble matches).
Rock was on the cover of the first three video games of the WWE games series including WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role which ended up being the best-selling combat sports game on a single format (PlayStation 2) with 3.2 million copies sold.
WWE listed The Rock as the funniest WWE superstar in history.
In a the May 2004 issue, Vibe magazine stated “At six-foot-four, 245 pounds, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, 31, may be the biggest star to hit the big screen since Arnold Schwarzenegger.” Johnson also continued to act on television, including in an episode of the Disney Channel show, Cory in the House, entitled “Never the Dwayne Shall Meet”.While Johnson was away from WWE, the company continued to sell “The Rock” merchandise, and he continued to be featured prominently in the opening montages of their television shows.
In 2011, Johnson appeared in the fifth film of The Fast and the Furious film series, Fast Five, as Luke Hobbs, a Diplomatic Security Service agent assigned to hunt down the series’ protagonists. Johnson landed the role after series star Vin Dieselread comments and feedback from fans, one of whom wanted to see Diesel and Johnson in a movie together. Johnson, a fan of the franchise, had wanted to work with Universal again after they had given him his first film roles. Fast Five grossed over $86 million in its opening weekend, the biggest opening for a Fast & Furious film, the biggest opening for an April release, and the biggest opening for a Johnson movie.
Johnson starred in Hercules (2014), as the title character, and once again reprised his role of Luke Hobbs in Furious 7 (2015). He hosted another reality series for TNT in 2014, entitled Wake Up Call, which saw him “lending a helping hand to everyday people who were facing enormous challenges in their lives” alongside guest experts such as Rocco DiSpirito, Jillian Michaels, and Josh Shipp. He would also executive produce and star in the horror film Seal Team 666, and is set to play Nick Schuyler in the drama film Not Without Hope.
On December 16, 2013, Forbes named Johnson the top-grossing actor of 2013, with his films bringing in $1.3 billion worldwide for the year. Forbes credited the success of Fast & Furious 6, which grossed $789 million globally, and Johnson’s frequent acting work as primary reasons for him topping the list. In March 2014, Johnson confirmed that he would be working with DC Entertainment for an untitled film project. In September 2014, it was announced that he would play Black Adam, the villain, in a film about Shazam as a part of the DC Extended Universe; which he would also produce.
In 2016, Johnson co-starred with Kevin Hart in the action-comedy Central Intelligence, and will have a voice role in the Disney animated film Moana, as the Hawaiian demigod Maui. After the continued success of The Fast and the Furiousfranchise, Fast 8 was announced with a release date of April 14, 2017. Johnson’s production company Seven Bucks Productions will produce various film projects in which he will star, namely: Baywatch (2017), Rampage (2017) and theJumanji remake. A sequel to the box-office hit San Andreas was announced to be in the pre-production stage with director of the first film, Brad Peyton, signed to return (marking their fourth collaboration following Journey 2, San Andreas, and Rampage respectively), along with the cast including Johnson. Johnson confirmed that he would star in the Jumanjiremake via his Instagram social media page, something he has often done with previous project announcements.In an interview, Johnson also discussed the possibility of an earlier release date than was originally announced for the DC Extended Universe film, Shazam. Johnson signed on to return in two additional sequels to Warner Bros. Entertainment’sJourney film series, as well as a Jungle Cruise feature film being developed by Disney. In May 2016 Johnson confirmed his attachment to The Janson Directive as Paul Janson. The film will be produced by Universal Studios Pictures, with the intent to adapt more of Robert Ludlum‘s work in the future as well to create a larger project than just the announced first installment. Later that same month, it was announced that he would star in Legendary Entertainment‘sSkyscraper movie which will be an action-thriller film with Rawson Marshall Thurber signed on as director and writer of the film, as well as a rebooted version of the character Doc Savage in a film written and directed by Shane Black.
Johnson married Dany Garcia on May 3, 1997. Their daughter, Simone Alexandra, was born August 14, 2001.On June 1, 2007, they announced they were splitting up amicably and intended to remain friends. Soon after the divorce, Johnson began dating Lauren Hashian, the daughter of Boston drummerSib Hashian. They first met in 2006 while Johnson was filming The Game Plan, prompting rumors he left his marriage for Hashian. In September 2015, it was announced that Johnson and Hashian are expecting their first child.
Johnson co-wrote an autobiography with Joe Layden, titled The Rock Says…. It was published in 2000, debuting at No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list and remaining on the list for several weeks.
Because his mother, Ata Fitisemanu Maivia, is a descendant of Samoan chiefs, and in recognition of his service to the Samoan people, Malietoa Tanumafili II bestowed upon Johnson the noble title of Seiuli during his visit there in July 2004. He received a partial Samoan pe’a tattoo in 2003.
In 2006, Johnson founded the Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation, a charity working with at-risk and terminally illchildren. On October 2, 2007, he and his ex-wife donated $1 million to the University of Miami to support the renovation of its football facilities; it was noted as the largest donation ever given to the university’s athletics department by former students. The University of Miami renamed the Hurricanes’ locker room in Johnson’s honor.
On March 2016, Johnson partnered with the new juggernaut in American fitness apparel Under Armour to release “Project Rock”. The first item in his partnership with Under Armour, a gym bag, was met with ferocious demand and was sold out in a couple of days. His second item, a black T-shirt sporting the wrestler’s iconic “brahma bull” has sold out in record time for Under Armour after being worn at WrestleMania 32. Johnson also released an alarm clock app as part of “Project Rock” that received over one million downloads in its first week of release.