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Why The Rock left WWE

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Dwayne Johnson is The Rock
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Modified 21 Dec 2017
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The Rock is the People's Champ and he performed bravely and tenaciously for his millions and millions of fans around the world for years. As he travelled the globe making a big name for himself his personality was one of his key selling points. With his delivery on the microphone, he could tell a story without ever getting physical but he could always back it up with a Rock Bottom or People's Elbow anytime he needed to.

But after many title runs and successful storylines, The Rock finally decided to set off and make his fortunes elsewhere which is where he finds himself today.

WWE generally supports their Superstars when they try and set out into other areas of entertainment and when The Rock busted on in Hollywood there was nothing holding him back after the rest of the world got a taste of The Great One.

His WWE career

Being the first-ever third generation WWE Superstar was a big deal and The Rock owned that title with great pride. His father being Rocky Johnson and grandfather High Chief Peter Maivia meant The Rock had big shoes to fill but the man whose real name is Dwayne Johnson hailing from the Anoa'i Family of pro wrestling certainly had what it took to be great.

He was a blue chipper from the get-go and many people involved in his training commented saying he had "it." The University of Miami football alumni was able to translate everything he learned and use it in the ring with great success.

As part of the WWE roster, he headlined many big shows and took part in stories which will be highlighted for years to come. Starting out as a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed rookie, the first persona WWE gave The Rock soon fell by the wayside as he joined up with the Nation Of Domination.

He kicked Farooq to the curb and became the leader of that dominate faction which saw him earning the Intercontinental Title and feuding with Stone Cold Steve Austin in the process. After The Nation Of Domination's disbanding, The Rock soon became the Corporate Champion and was the poster child for Vince McMahon's Corporation stable of heels.

It seemed that The Rock thrived in an environment where he could be hated because holding things in was never his strong suit. He spoke his mind and called out a moment like no other which is a talent he still possesses to this day.

The Rock broke free and in 1999 when he stared in many amazing programs such as his alliance with Mankind as part of the Rock n Sock Connection which also saw the outstanding "This Is Your Life" segment which drew record-breaking ratings for Raw.

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He also faced off against Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 18 in one of the biggest matches to ever grace the stage at the Show Of Shows.

Move to Hollywood

The Mummy Returns saw The Rock stepping out of his usual character to portray The Scorpion King which later got its own movie. The Rundown, Walking Tall, Be Cool, and Doom would soon follow and The Rock had to make a decision to step out of the squared circle to pursue his Hollywood interests in 2004.

But although he was gone from WWE, he was never forgotten and he took his moniker of "The Rock" with him into Hollywood initially by signing a deal with WWE to share the name. Although he has since starting going as Dwayne Johnson primarily now, there was a time when The Rock was the name being promoted for a film because of the gravity the name held.

But nowadays the name "Dwayne Johnson" is just as popular as The Rock ever was if not more, and he keeps putting out blockbuster movies with no sign of slowing down.

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Return to WWE

The Rock returned to WWE in 2011 and worked two consecutive WrestleMania main events with John Cena who ironically is another man who might be faced with a similar decision as the one The Rock made in 2004.

The Rock's latest run with WWE saw him picking up the WWE Championship in the process, but when he lost it to Cena at WrestleMania 29, The Rock suffered abdominal and adductor tendons tear from his pelvis which halted production for an upcoming movie at the time. Therefore, he hasn't really had a match since.

The Rock showed up at WrestleMania 30 to have a long chat in the ring with Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan and at WrestleMania 31 he brought Ronda Rousey in the ring to take care of Stephanie McMahon.

He was last seen on WrestleMania's big stage when he appeared at WrestleMania 32 where he set fire to his own name and took care of the Wyatt Family with the help of John Cena. The Rock, unfortunately, had to miss WrestleMania 33 entirely because he was busy promoting a project at the time.

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But you can never say never in WWE. Therefore who knows when the WWE Universe could be smelling what The Rock's cooking once again?

Published 21 Dec 2017, 23:23 IST
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