With over 58 million followers on Twitter and Instagram, it’s fair to say The Rock is a popular guy. Not only has he been entertaining fans since joining the WWE in 1996, but he’s managed to stay humble, hungry, and incredibly giving to fans/family along the way. It seems like every week a story comes along with fans running into him, saying how nice he was for talking to their kids or giving a family member a car for Christmas (multiple times!).
After playing college football for Miami, Rock made his way into the wrestling business where he went from being a hated man to one of the most beloved in just a few short years. Even though he’s not officially retired, he’s managed to win seventeen total titles with WWE as well as the 2000 Royal Rumble. He’s a sure fire Hall of Famer when the time comes and it should be one hell of a speech when he gets his moment in front of the fans.
You may not be aware of this, but he’s also in a lot of movies, in fact he’s made billions for the movie industry internationally; who doesn’t like to see Rock save the world over and over again? At any rate, this list will cover twelve reasons why Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is awesome, but if you read this and still think otherwise, just log off, and go back to the cave you came from.
12. Throwback Photos
Over the years, The Rock has been known to send out old photos of himself that set the internet aflame, from pictures of his teenage days, when he looked like a full grown man (he blamed the mustache) to the most popular of his throwbacks, the 90s turtleneck complete with black fanny pack.
Once being shared thousands of times, the picture basically showed up on every single website known to man because, why not? The Rock appeared on Jimmy Fallon and was asked what was in the fanny pack? Rock responded simply: “Pop-Tarts and condoms.” With two really random items, it’s probably the truth.
11. Halloween Outfits
When it comes to awesome Halloween costumes sometimes it’s better not to over think things, and Rock usually adheres to that code. In the pictures above he dressed up as The Hulk (very appropriate choice, never miss “leg day”) and Popeye, the Sailor Man (notice the temporary anchor tattoo and the faux pipe).
In previous years, he’s also gone as Fred Flintstone, yet another muscled-up character that just works perfectly. Waiting for the year when The Rock goes out to a Halloween party as… a rock (or bolder) it might be an obvious choice, but would be funny as hell.
10. Workout Maniac
He always has that Instagram filter dialed in for all of his workout photos, “clangin’ and bangin’” as he would say, getting up as early as 4am to get the day started. An inspiration to millions, you’ll always find fans in his comment section talking about his influence on their in life or when it comes to their workout regimen.
With a diet of seven meals a day that hovers around 4,000 calories, Rock needs all the energy he can get as he bench presses around 425 pounds. With an insane workout process, it’s no wonder he can still toss fools around in the ring at 43 years young.
9. Buys His Family Cars
Rock is a giving guy that much is clear when he buys not one, not two, but (at least) three family members a brand new car. Back in 2012, he gave his Mom a white Cadillac Escalade for Christmas, which unfortunately got smashed up when some jerk decided to drive drunk and got into an accident with Rock’s mom.
Next up was Rock’s cousin (and current WWE Superstar) Tamina, who he surprised with a brand new Lexus, not sure what is better; the car, Rock’s “ahh!” pose (which will be talked about soon), or Tamina’s vertical jump. Finally, for Christmas he bought his Uncle Tonga (former wrestler Haku/Meng) a brand new Ford truck while also telling a great story of how Rock had a tryout match for the WWE, but didn’t own any wrestling tights, so his Uncle gave him some shiny purple tights to wear and history was made.
8. Action Star To Child Star To Action Star
Around 2002, when Rock began transition out of wrestling and into movies he started out in hard-hitting action movies like The Scorpion King, The Rundown, Walking Tall, and Doom. For whatever reason (rumor was Doom pushed him out of the action movie genre) Rock suddenly was in a lot more family-friendly movies like Gridiron Gang, The Game Plan, Race to Witch Mountain, and probably most famously, Tooth Fairy…yikes.
Then in 2010, he worked his way back into the action movies getting a role in Fast Five, from there it’s been all action films like G.I. Joe, Hercules, San Andreas, and two more Fast & Furious movies. Most importantly of all, he’s going to be in the movie adaptation of the old video game, Rampage!
7. Cuff Links Pose
As a public figure, Rock gets a lot of pics taken of himself, he can’t just smile or go “Ahh!” (we’re getting to it) every time. So naturally, he changes it up by doing the “look away while buttoning up his cuff links” pose.
Unfortunately for him, some fan noticed he does that a lot and made a joke out of the pose asking the question; “Will the Rock ever finish buttoning up his sleeve? We’ll never know.” This joke made its way back to the man, and he responding by saying; “The day the cuff links pose died” and “My next pose will be unbuttoning my pants.”
6. Makes A Great “Ahh!” Face
It was promised earlier, so here it is, Rock’s “Ahh!” face is the best in the business with so much intensity and muscle-bursting goodness. As you’ve seen in previous entries he’ll use it for any occasion, even hernia surgery.
A few years back, he had three hernial tears that needed emergency surgery. Well after a successful job, he posed for the camera with a surgical cap and Superman shirt while also getting his yell on. Probably relives a lot of stressing doing that, go ahead give a try while you’re reading this, the strangers next to you won’t mind at all.
5. Good Guy That Fans Hated
When he first got into the WWE, they gave him a gimmick that pumped up his family linage as he was the first third-generation wrestler for the company. The problem was he came off way too goofy and smiled…a lot, as he got more TV time, fans began to dislike him more and more to the point where they would chant “Rocky sucks!” and “Die! Rocky! Die!”
Most wrestlers would have a really tough time recovering from such a bad reaction, but after returning from injury, Rock turned heel and joined up with Nation of Domination. Here is where he was able to develop “The Rock” persona and let his true skills come out, slowing becoming the best talker in the company. Eventually, Rock left the group, turned face, and became “The People’s Champ.” This time around, people did not boo him.
4. Highest Grossing International Movie Star
The Rock put it perfectly via his Instagram:
“Only way to start this post is with thank you. ‘WORLD’S #1 INTERNATIONAL BOX OFFICE STAR.’ I was blessed with this title in 2013 and now again in 2015. $1.48billion is a lot of revenue to generate in our business in only one year, but it’s also the important reminder that regardless of what we achieve in life, we always gotta keep striving for more, staying hungrier than the rest and being grateful around every corner. This cool global achievement doesn’t happen without my amazing family, management, agents, attorneys, publicists, financial management, studio partners, fellow actors, Team Rock and the final two deserving personal shout outs – my dog #HobbsTheBeast and you, the greatest f****** fans in the world. Stay hungry and keep working your a** off because one day I want to see the news write a cool report about you and your accomplishments.”
3. Fan Of Lucha Underground
No big deal, just lifting some weights, like he does every day- wait, is that a Lucha Underground shirt he’s wearing? Indeed it is, and for someone who’s usually all WWE, it was cool to see him represent a smaller promotion trying to get more exposure.
If you haven’t seen Lucha Underground, it’s usually the best weekly show pro wrestling has to offer, with gritty storylines that appeal more to adults. Lucha Underground of course shared the heck out of this photo and a few weeks later Rock represented them in another workout photo…would Rock ever show up at The Temple?
2. Greatest Singing Wrestler
Over the years, there have been musical gimmicks like Honky Tonk Man and Jeff Jarrett, but neither could actually live up to being a half-decent singer, Rock on the other hand, wasn’t too shabby. Obviously, his gimmick doesn’t rely on music, but every once in awhile he would bust out his acoustic guitar and sing a few bars, usually ripping on other wrestlers.
Singing and playing guitar is not exactly easy to do, so it’s impressive Rock could play without making a total fool out of himself. Currently he is the greatest singer wrestler, but NXT wrestler/singer/drifter Elias Samson might be giving him a run for his money.
1. No One Take A Stone Cold Stunner Like The Rock
Just watch the video and you’ll see yet another reason why Rock is just the best, taking stunners is not easy, a lot of people sell them in the ugliest way (I’m looking at you, Linda McMahon), but Rock had it down pat. He typically would do a back roll or flop around like a dead fish to really accentuate Austin’s most devastating move.
Unfortunately, the video forgot Rock’s all-time greatest sell when he and Austin were celebrating with some beer, Austin suddenly hits his stunner, Rock stumbles around the ring dazed, takes a sip of beer, and walks right into another one! Just another example of why Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a true entertainer through and through.