The Rock is one of the most famous wrestlers of all time, and he did it all with his patented sense of style. He first gained prominence in 1996 after some failed stints in an entirely different sport, football. His start in wrestling began at a time the Attitude Era was in full swing, and The Rock fit right in with no issues. Today, he is widely recognized as a wrestling hero, and is considered one of the best in-ring performers the WWE has seen in a long time.
The Rock, also known by his actual name, Dwayne Johnson, has achieved visibility on a scale much larger than wrestling. He has gone on to become a successful author and actor over the years. He exudes charisma in a way that makes him a natural born star, and it’s evident in every facet of his illustrious career. He’s as natural on-screen as he is with the mic in his hands in the middle of a WWE ring.
For those who love statistics, this article is for you. We’ve dug deep to find all the interesting statistics on The Rock to help you make your own judgement on “The People’s Champion.” What follows are ten incredible statistics about The Rock you don’t want to miss.
10. He’s Over 260 lbs of Muscle
Anyone who’s been paired up with The Rock in the ring knows firsthand the man is built like an ox. Fitting the mold of a muscular WWE superstar, the Rock brings a physique that surely intimidates his opponents. The Rock is one of the WWE’s prototypical wrestlers with measurements that come in at 6’5″ and 262 lbs. While he’s surely no Big Show, we certainly wouldn’t want to come across The Rock in a dark alley.
The Rock’s shoe size is up in the stratosphere as well, with shoe stores scrambling to find size 14 shoes whenever he walks into the building. While The Rock has made a living being a superstar with incredible charisma, he’s certainly an imposing physical force as well. It’s something that’s contributed to his longstanding career of beating up on other wrestlers.
9. He’s Had 2 Serious Girlfriends
With his superstar good looks, the Rock has his share of admirers. In fact, he’s been said to have nearly doubled the female fan base of the WWE. That doesn’t necessarily means the man plays the field, though. The Rock has had only two serious relationships since 1996, the first being his ex-wife Dany Garcia.
The Rock met Garcia while attending the University of Miami. The two quickly began dating, and the Rock eventually married her the day after his birthday. The two spent some happy years together, giving birth to a daughter. He and Garcia were not to last, however; the two separated in 2007 on friendly terms. Their divorce was finalized in 2008. The Rock then began dating Lauren Hashian, and the two remain in a relationship to this day.
8. He’s a 3rd Generation Wrestler
Randy Orton isn’t the first superstar to come from a line of wrestlers. As it turns out, The Rock had his foot in the wrestling door before he even considered it an option. That’s because his family had already established a pro wrestling prowess. His father, Rocky Johnson, was a professional wrestler, as was The Rock’s maternal grandfather Peter Maivia.
The line of wrestling descent doesn’t stop with the males. Peter Maivia’s wife was even involved in the sport. Lia Maivia was a female professional wrestling promoter in her heyday. It’s easy to see why the Rock shot up the charts as soon as he entered the league. With such an established history of wrestling already in the family, the man knew the ins and outs of the game, and knew the key to success was in connecting with fans.
7. He’s Acted in 30 Films
Of course, The Rock’s connection with his fans extends beyond the wrestling realm. The guy has turned out to be quite the actor. Under both his persona name and his actual name, Dwayne Johnson, he has starred in 30 total films. While not all of them have received incredible reviews, fans keep clamoring for more, and The Rock has committed to acting for the foreseeable future.
He seems to have found a niche in the children’s and action movie genres, as nearly all of his films fall into either of the two categories. Some notable films include The Scorpion King and The Fast and the Furious franchise. Here’s a little bonus stat for you: the Rock has broken some Hollywood records as well. His $5.5 million guaranteed for his role in The Scorpion King was the most ever guaranteed to an actor making a debut.
6. He’s Had 3 Ring Names
Before The Rock was The Rock, he was known as Flex Kavana in the WWF second-tier training league. Though his family heritage was well known, he still had to pay his dues, and The Rock kept at it until eventually he earned a promotion to the WWF.
The league loved his heritage, and decided to play up the angle. He was named Rocky Maivia, a special nod to his family wrestlers before him. The angle did not stick with the fans though, and his persona was widely unpopular. It wasn’t until 1997 that his character was drastically changed, and his final ring name The Rock was unveiled. His new persona was the famous one we know and love today, the muscled star who isn’t afraid to call his opponents, or the audience, out on the microphone.
5. He Has 8.6 Million Twitter Followers
It’s fair to wonder if The Rock would have had much success had his character not been altered. Luckily for him, he doesn’t have to worry about it, as his current popularity continues to surge even though he only makes sporadic non-wrestling appearances in the WWE. He has transformed into a pop-culture star now, and the proof is in the social media outlets these stars utilize so well.
The Rock currently holds 8.6 million followers on Twitter, a staggering total. He uses the platform to his advantage, furthering his reach by responding to fan tweets or posting videos. Just recently, he’s posted a viral video from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in which he and Fallon come together for a 1989 commencement speech. It’s things like this that continue to grow The Rock’s league of fans, and have us believing his star will be shining for years to come.
4. He Won 52% of His Matches
While this number may not be staggering (that means he lost or tied the remaining 48% after all), it’s an impressive statistic considering his number of matches throughout the years. According to cagematch.net, the Rock has participated in 846 total matches over his career.
Considering the large number of matches wrestled, it’s actually rather impressive The Rock pulled away victorious in over half of them. The WWE basically has complete control over who wins and losses as well, meaning that his victories and defeats were largely based on how they wanted certain storylines to play out for the fans. With The Rock boasting a winning percentage, it’s fair to say the WWE saw how popular he was with their fan base.
3. He’s Won 1 Major College Football Bowl
Many might be surprised to hear this, but The Rock’s first choice in sports was actually American football. He was a very promising prospect coming out of high school, and he received a scholarship to play for the University of Miami Hurricanes. At the time, the team was a national contender nearly every year, and had just concluded a decade of dominating the college ranks. The Rock jumped at the opportunity.
During his freshman season in 1991, The Rock was listed as a defensive tackle. Tragedy struck, and The Rock was injured. Future NFL legend Warren Sapp took over the defensive tackle duties, and The Rock would have a hard time seeing the field afterwards. He finished with 4.5 tackles in a career highlighted by the team’s Orange Bowl victory in the ’91 season, where they shut out Nebraska 22-0. The Rock would have a stint with the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL after graduating, and it wasn’t until he was cut from the team that he seriously considered professional wrestling.
2. He’s Won 8 WWE Individual Championships
Continuing the family business and turning to wrestling was a fantastic career choice on The Rock’s part. He’s built up quite the rack of accolades over the years, with the WWE honoring him with five headline WrestleMania events including: XV, X-Seven, 2000, XXVIII, and XXIX. In addition, The Rock has wrestled in five other WrestleMania events, establishing a reputation for himself that somewhat rivals that of The Undertaker.
The Rock has also donned the championship belt several times. In fact, he’s an eight time WWE (or WWF back in the day) Champion. The Rock has also won the WCW World Championship a couple times, and the WWF Intercontinental Championship twice. Aside from individual honors, he’s a proven champ in team play as well, winning the WWF Tag Team Championship five times. His most memorable team-up in our minds was when he and Mick Foley paired up to form the formidable Rock N’ Sock tag team crew, a pair that wrestling fans all adored.
1. His Book is a 20-Week NY Times Bestseller
The Rock and Mick Foley have a lot more in common than a Tag Team championship. Both have written excellent pieces of nonfiction that have become bestsellers. The Rock Says is a biography written in an open and honest style depicting the life of a professional wrestler. Oftentimes humorous, it exuded the same charisma The Rock was so well known for inside the ring.
The book was an instant hit, climbing to the number one spot on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list. For any aspiring author, this list is essentially the Holy Grail. It means your name now has acclaimed credentials, not to mention the fact that you are bringing home some serious bacon. The Rock Says lasted a very impressive twenty weeks on the bestseller list, giving The Rock yet another title: acclaimed author.