The People’s Champ has just thrown back to his WWE wrestling debut with a self-depreciating sense of humour.
The Rock first stepped into the ring nearly two decades ago, and now I feel old.
On 17 November 17 1996, the young rookie – then wrestling under the name “Rocky Maivia” – appeared in his wresting debut at none other than Madison Square Gardens in New York for the Survivor Series.
Maivia may have failed to point at the correct camera during his entrance, but he went onto defeat two WWE bad guys, Crush and Goldust.
The third-generation wrestler reflected back on the momentous occasion in a #RockReflects YouTube video.
22,000 people did something in this moment that defined my career and literally changed my life in one night. And it’s something you can’t write… It’s something in wrestling you can’t write… You can’t script it in Hollywood because you just can’t script how people are going to react to something… And that thing they did, was 22,000 people started chanting my name.
Johnson added, ‘I have nothing but gratitude for New York City and the WWE.’ It’s a feeling that is totally mutual towards one of the greatest entertainers of all time.
On a lighter note, Johnson passed comment on his young self’s appearance, rocking ‘a fucking Chia Pet on my head as a haircut’.
This isn’t the first time The Rock has made himself the butt of his own jokes.
He famously dressed up as his younger self donning a fanny pack and some questionable attire, and proceeded to share the joke with the world on his Instagram account.
When this iconic and horrendous hot garbage of a pic caught fire on the Internet, I figured the best thing I could do for #CentralIntelligence… was embrace it. #MineHoldsAllMyPopTartsAndCondoms #JustKidding #IDontEatPopTarts #WhatsInYourFannyPack? Get ready for the BIGGEST ACTION COMEDY OF THE SUMMER. #CentralIntelligence JUNE 17th.
But then again, I guess it’s hard to take life too seriously when you’re the highest paid actor in Hollywood.
While on set, one of us has a knack to break out in song at any moment (Jack Black), the other angrily eats Doritos and will tell you "go f*ck yourself" if you stare too long (Kevin Hart) and the last one has convinced himself that popping his pecs triggers sexual pheromones to be released from women. And Komodo Dragons. #OnLocation #Hawaii #Jumanji #TresHombres #WeHaveIssues
Considering the outrage people have felt towards the Jumanji remake, which Johnson is currently filming with Jack Black and sidekick, Kevin Hart, maybe he should’ve stuck to wrestling.
The People know we can’t have our champ back, but it’s nice to share the nostalgia all the same. Just bring it.
A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.