SO funny! It’s been 20 years since The Rock first stepped foot in a professional wrestling ring, but the actor took a trip down memory lane to his debut match in a new web series. You’re going to lose it when you see his reaction!
The Rock, 44, kickstarted his own web series, The Rock Reacts, on his YouTube channel Oct. 4 with a hilarious episode remembering his very first wrestling match. In the premiere episode, the action star took fans back in time to 1996 at Madison Square Garden.
“I was super, super, super, amped and excited,” he said of appearing at MSG for the first time. The video then cuts to the vintage tape, which shows a young Rock — whose stage name was Rocky Maiva at the time — dressed in a Samoan and Hawaiian-inspired costume. “Rocky” walked out to a roaring crowd, slapping all of his fans’ hands as he made his way to the stage. “I have a f**king Chia Pet on my head as a haircut,” he joked in present day.
As the throwback footage continues to roll through, The Rock narrates a play by play of his match against Jake the Snake and Gold Dust. He goes on to explain the final moment of the match, in which he was the last good guy standing against two famous villains. “I had no idea what the finish of this match was going to be until maybe an hour before the match,” he recalled. “So we set it up where, ultimately, the final three competitors were two bad guys against one good guy, and that was me.”
Although The Rock was the rookie and clear loser in the eyes of thousands of fans cheering in the audience, the star admitted it was a defining moment in his career. “22,000 people did something in this moment that defined my career and literally changed my life, in one night,” he added. “It’s something you can’t write; it’s something in wresting you can’t write, you can’t script it because you can’t script how people are gonna react to something. And that thing was 22,000 people started chanting my name.” And despite going blow for blow with both opponents, Rocky managed to nab the victory. That’s SO amazing! Go Rocky!
Okay, so obviously The Rock has (mostly) ditched his spot in the ring and his cooky haircut and costume. Nowadays, he’s using his amazing stunts in action movies. After completing one of the most successful careers in wrestling history in 2004, The Rock transitioned to film, starring in a number of major big hits like San Andres and the Fast & Furious series. Mostrecently, the actor signed on to star in two buzzed-about 2017 films, Baywatch and the Jumanji remake with Kevin Hart, 37, Nick Jonas, 23, and Jack Black, 47.
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of The Rock’s 1996 match?