Hollywood megastar and frequent Muscle & Fitness cover
model Dwayne Johnson recently said he “quietly retired” from
wrestling in the
WWE after more than two decades as one of the brand’s biggest
“I quietly retired from wrestling because I was lucky enough to
have just a really wonderful career and accomplish what I wanted to
accomplish,” he said on Live with
Kelly & Ryan while promoting his latest movie,
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. While he seems
content with retirement, he did say that he misses wrestling. It’s
the industry that he grew up in, and it helped launch his wildly
successful movie career.
“I miss wrestling. I love wrestling, yes I do,” he said.
“For a lot of you guys that don’t know, my grandfather
wrestled, my dad as well, my whole family.” Johnson’s grandfather
was the High
Chief Peter Maivia, a popular wrestler in the 1970s, and his
Johnson, was part of the first black tag team to win the World
Tag Team championship in the World Wrestling Federation.
Although he’s made several WWE appearances in recent years,
The Rock hasn’t donned his wrestling shorts since WrestleMania 32
when he defeated Erick Rowan in six seconds (a WrestleMania
record). Here’s the blink-and-you-miss-it match:
debuted in the WWE in 1996 as Rocky Maivia, in honor of his
father and maternal grandfather. It didn’t take long for him to
reach the top of the wrestling world—he won the Intercontinental
Championship the following November, and won his first of eight WWE
Championships by November 1998 .
The Rock’s feuds with
Stone Cold Steve Austin and
Mick Foley helped launch himself and the wrestling industry
into the mainstream. He made his acting debut in The Mummy
Returns in 2001, and he starred in The Scorpion
King in 2002. He quickly became a Hollywood sensation and took
an extended break from the squared circle to pursue his acting
career full time after teaming up with Mick Foley at WrestleMania 20
in 2004. Many thought that was the end of his time in the ring.
Johnson returned to the ring in 2011 to host WrestleMania
XXVII. There, he hit
John Cena with a Rock Bottom to allow The Miz to retain his WWE
Championship, resulting in a year-long feud
between Cena and Johnson that culminated in a match at the next
year’s WrestleMania. The Rock won that bout, but Cena got his
revenge in 2013 when he pinned The People’s Champion in a match
for the WWE Championship.
Despite his retirement, we’re sure we haven’t seen the last
of The Rock in the WWE. He’s a guaranteed Hall of Famer, and his
Roman Reigns is one of the biggest stars today.
It seems we’ve smelled the last of what The
Rock is cooking when it comes to wrestling,
but we’ll be able to see him kick butt in the countless movies and
TV shows he produces and stars in, inlcuding the Fast &
Furious franchise, Jumanji, Ballers, and much, much more.
Source: FS – All – Fitness – News
The Rock Has 'Quietly Retired' From Wrestling in the WWE