Earlier this week, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson raised a lot of eyebrows when he posted a rant aimed at certain “candy ass” members of the Fast 8 cast. Since then, TMZ has reported that Vin Diesel is the “chicken sh*t” in The Rock’s crosshairs, and that shooting has been almost impossible due to all the manly tension. This little brouhaha has taken a lot of folks by surprise, but wrestling fans who followed The Rock’s career before he became the aggressively-upbeat mega-star he is today aren’t nearly as shocked.
Rock was never as into behind-the-scene politics as some wrestlers, but he’s had his share of beef and drama throughout his career. Here’s a few times things got just a little too real for The Rock…
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In 1996, Dwayne Johnson debuted in WWF as the obnoxiously clean-cut “blue chipper” Rocky Maivia, and was immediately rejected by the fans. His backstage welcome was equally unfriendly. Johnson was pegged as egotistical and entitled, and made enemies quickly, and the resentment only got worse when he became The Rock and started getting over with the fans. A significant chunk of the locker room even tried to convince Vince McMahon to cancel Rock’s first big main event against Steve Austin at WrestleMania XV.
“There were so many dudes in the locker room who were trying to squash that [WrestleMania XV] main event. There was like a long ass line that formed to Vince McMahon’s office. ‘Rock has no business being in the main event’, ‘He’s a young kid’, ‘He’s a rookie’, but Vince wanted that main event.”
It got worse. According to Mark Henry, he once had to save The Rock from eating food somebody had, uh, fouled. If you’ve ever wondered where Rock got that sh*t-eating grin, well, there you go.