WWE News: The Rock praises the 3 "GOATS" of WWE
What's the story?
While The Rock opened up on 17 years having passed since the memorable clash between "The Brahma Bull" and "Hollywood" Hogan, the former also revealed who he thinks are the GOATS (Greatest Of All Time) in the WWE.
In case you didn't know...
One of the most important matches on the WrestleMania 18 card was a singles matchup -- billed as "Icon vs. Icon" -- featuring The Rock going up against "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan.
The matchup lasted around 16:23 minutes, and turned out to be one of the most awe-inspiring professional wrestling contests of all time -- which was further magnified by the incredible reactions from the hordes of fans in attendance for the event at the SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on March 17th, 2002.
After a grueling back and forth affair, The Rock finally managed to score the pinfall and defeat Hogan -- Following which, Hogan's nWo stablemates Scott Hall and Kevin Nash turned against Hogan and attacked him.
Rocky then came to the rescue of Hogan, and the duo ended up standing tall while Hall and Nash were forced to retreat.
The heart of the matter
One ought to note that The Rock and Hulk Hogan's aforementioned matchup is widely regarded as one of the most historically significant clashes in professional wrestling history -- particularly since The Rock and Hogan managed to play to the crowd, and adapt to changes in the fans' reactions in real-time, changing the match's momentum based on the fans' response.
The Rock took to Instagram, and shed light upon the fact that it's been 17 years since the aforesaid showdown at WrestleMania 18 (March 17th, 2002).
“Torch passed. Grateful. This past weekend @WWE celebrated the 17th anniversary of what was billed as “ICON vs ICON” to determine who would go down in @WWE history as THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME. It was yours truly, VS The Immortal Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania. What made this match so special was that there was no Heavyweight Championship on the line. Just two men. Just two careers. And 85,000+ of the most insane ELECTRIC crowd I have ever had the privilege to perform in front of.”
“It was almost as if every single person that night in the Toronto SkyDome made up their mind that they would give every ounce of energy they had because they knew this match was only going to be seen once in a lifetime.
My friend and childhood hero, Hulk Hogan passed the torch to me on this historic night which decreed me becoming “THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME”, but the truth is - to me - the GOAT are the three men below who paved the way for me and so many others in pro wrestling -- @hulkhogan @ricflairnatureboy @steveaustinbsr I just worked very hard, connected with the audience and caught a break. These GOATS were good enough to recognize I had something to offer and graciously passed the torch. Grateful.”
The Rock continues to make sporadic appearances in the WWE, however, he's lately been busy with his Hollywood obligations.
Meanwhile, Hulk Hogan returned to the WWE last year, and was reinstated into the company's Hall of Fame.
On the other hand, Ric Flair and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin too, appear on WWE programming and events from time to time.
Who do you consider the GOAT/GOATS of WWE? Sound off in the comments!