The Rock is considered one of the biggest stars to have ever been created by WWE. Following in the steps of Hulk Hogan from the previous generation, The Rock made the switch to acting after a hugely successful wrestling career. Dwayne Johnson became famous throughout WWE’s Attitude Era, given that his feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin was a main event level rivalry and one of the most intense feuds in wrestling history.
He's made the switch over to acting in 2003, but he has since continued to appear on WWE TV as a pull for many of the events that WWE are having trouble trying to sell to the WWE Universe.
The Rock made sporadic appearances for WWE until 2011 when he returned to help The Miz defeat John Cena at WrestleMania 27, and for the first time ever he set up a match the year in the making at WrestleMania 28 against Cena. This match then became known as “Once in a Lifetime” before WWE rebooked the same match with a different ending at WrestleMania 29 entitled “Twice in a Lifetime.”
The Rock has been a part of some of the biggest moments in WWE history, but he has also been a part of some of the more forgettable WWE moments. Here are 20 of them:
15 Rusev & Lana
The Rock made a shocking return to WWE in 2014 to confront Rusev and Lana, to then remove Rusev from the ring when WWE were in his hometown.
14 Rikishi Did It For The Rock
Back at Survivor Series 1999, Rikishi decided to take the fight to Steve Austin, and ran him down in a hit and run attack. The identity of his attacker was not revealed until almost a year later when Rikishi revealed that he did it, and he did it for The Rock.
13 One Man Company
The Rock holds the record for the amount of episodes of Raw he main evented with 38 back in the 2000s. WWE fans conveniently forget about this when they talk about WWE relying on one person to be the face of their company.
12 The Rock Goes Off Script
The Rock currently has so much power over WWE’s officials that it is impossible for him to land himself in hot water. He did come rather close on a recent episode of Raw, though.
11 WrestleMania 31
WrestleMania 31 is now considered to be one of the best WrestleMania’s of WWE’s current era, and one of the reasons for this is the fact that The Rock and Ronda Rousey appeared - and it looked like they had set up a match for this year’s event.
10 Chair Shots
In an era where WWE likes to make everything in the company child-friendly, they will find it hard to convince fans to forget about those chair shots from Royal Rumble 1999.
9 Heat With Shawn Michaels?
The Rock vs. Shawn Michaels will forever be a fantasy match, given that it is now one of the biggest WWE matches to have never happened.
8 Debra As His Manager?
The Rock has been aligned with many superstars over the years, but one of the best story line ideas could have seen Stone Cold Steve Austin’s real life wife Debra manage The Rock during this rivalry.
The Rock was always a talented performer on the mic and a lot of his insults were the reason that he gained a lot of attention - but it seems that his most famous insult was never actually his.
6 He No Longer Considers Himself A Wrestler
While Johnson made a name for himself inside WWE’s four-sided ring, he has found fame as an actor all over the world, it seems.
5 Willy Wonka?
The Hollywood star has been a part of many record breaking films since The Scorpion King, which was reported to have paid The Rock a record-breaking salary. But it seems that The Rock could have headed in a very different career direction.
4 Rocky Maivia
The Rock wasn’t always known as The Rock; back when he made his WWE debut, he was billed as Rocky Maivia. This was considered an unsuccessful run, as he managed to make his name a blend between his father's and his grandfather’s nicknames.
3 Twice In A Lifetime
"Once in a Lifetime" was the main event match between John Cena and The Rock at WrestleMania 28 - a match that was a year in the making. The build up finally ended when The Rock defeated Cena on the "Grandest Stage of Them All," and that should have been the end of the rivalry.
2 The Roman Reigns Connection
Following his significantly fast rise to the main event of WWE’s roster, Roman has become one of the most hated members of the Anoa’i family, and it seems even The Rock couldn’t help his cousin win back the WWE Universe.
1 His Moveset
WWE had many performers over the years that have managed to get by with a number of big moves; John Cena did this for many years, and The Rock managed it throughout his career.
"The People’s Elbow" is still considered to have been one of the most electrifying moves in sports entertainment, but at the same time, it is also one of the worst to have to watch as a wrestling fan. The move, much like John Cena’s "Five Knuckle Shuffle," takes too much build and not enough pay off, and it’s something fans would rather forget than remember.
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