Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is not only one of the most electrifying men in the WWE, but in the world as well. Starting as a wrestler all those years ago, he quickly turned to a career on the silver screen that no wrestler in the WWE could ever hope to top. However, even as one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, The Rock always makes the time to come back home to the WWE, where he got his start, on occasion.
He is such a major star, however, that there are rumors that “The Great One,” isn’t quite as welcome in the locker rooms of the WWE as he might have once been. Luckily, there are still quite a few of the superstars that The Rock is extremely close too and these superstars make it possible for The Rock to return to the WWE on a regular basis. You will really be surprised to find out just who Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is close to in the WWE. Read on below to find out.
15 Hulk Hogan
14 Kevin Nash
Back in 2002, The Rock and Kevin Nash shared a few words that were rumored to be totally blown out of proportion. It led to the belief that the two were bitter enemies and could never be friends. In reality, the fight was so small that neither cared even to remember it and to this day are good friends. There were rumors that Nash might have problems with The Rock's star shining so brightly, while his was on something of a downslide, but those were proven to be untrue in the end. Nash has even spoken up for The Rock with all of the problems with him “visiting” the WWE every now and then.
@RealKevinNash Thank U Big Kev! U know the drill.. we fall, we rise. See ya down the road my friend.— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 25, 2013
13 Owen Hart
12 Big Show
11 Ron Simmons
10 Pat Patterson
8 Mark Henry
7 The Dudley Boyz
6 Mick Foley
The Rock 'n' Sock Connection made for a few funny moments in the ring, but wasn’t the most successful tag team of all time. The Rock, other than The Nation of Domination, never really had a wrestling partner, but his time as a partner with Mick Foley cemented a friendship that has lasted a lifetime. From singing in the ring to just being plain crazy, Mick Foley and The Rock teaming together for that little bit of time, made the fans love the both of them even more. Not only did their in-ring chemistry make them popular, but the fact that they were such great friends also made their working together a joy to watch as well. One of The Rock's friendships that have definitely lasted over the years is the one with Foley and he always welcomes The Rock home to RAW with open arms. Despite an ugly incident at Royal Rumble 1999, where The Rock took some liberties with a chair, the two seem to be on great terms:
Merry Christmas Uncle Tonga - enjoy your new truck! Cool Christmas story to share with y'all... Known my "Uncle Tonga" since I was 5yrs old. My grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia helped train him to become a professional wrestler in the 70's. Throughout Tonga's illustrious wrestling career he changed his name to "King Haku" and became one the WWE's most sought after "bad guys" and still known to this day for being one of the toughest and legit most vicious man in wrestling history. Years later and I get a call from WWE saying "Vince McMahon wants to see you wrestle immediately. He's flying you to RAW tomorrow and you'll have a tryout match." I thought holy shit that's awesome, buuuut there's a few problems: For me, I wasn't just having "a tryout match", because I had never actually HAD a real match in my life. Ever. WWE thought that I already had multiple matches under my belt, but little did they know. What they also didn't know was that I was broke as hell and didn't actually own wrestling gear - no boots, knee pads or most importantly.. wrestling trunks. I went to Sports Authority and bought some bright ass white volleyball knee pads, called my Uncle and asked if he had ANY trunks I could use for my tryout. He said all I have is a pair of shiny purple trunks (purple was his signature color), I told him I don't care if the trunks are all the colors of Skittles, I'll happily wear them. When I picked the trunks up from him I'll never forget the monster hug he gave me, look me in the eyes and said, "I'm so proud of you. Go get 'em nephew!" Here's the picture of me wrestling my FIRST MATCH EVER in Corpus Christi, TX in front of 15,000 people - proudly in my lucky purple trunks. And the rest... was history. My Uncle Tonga is a family man, humble man and champion. Most importantly one of the greatest human beings I know. So we walk outside and I said "Uncle how do you like my truck?" He said, "Whoooaaa nephew it's beautiful... I love it!" I said "Good 'cause it's yours." He was speechless. Thru tears (manly of course;) we monster hugged 'cause I'll never forget what he did for me when I had nothing. Merry Christmas Uncle and ofa atu. #LuckyPurpleTrunks
4 Vince McMahon
3 Chris Jericho
2 John Cena
1 “Stone Cold” Steve Austin
If you want to talk about two men that took over wrestling in a fashion that will always be remembered, you don’t have to look any further than “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. When every other superstar in the wrestling world was saying that The Rock was being pushed too fast or didn’t have what it takes to be a superstar, Stone Cold stood by his side and believed in him, even going so far as to request a rivalry with The Rock for WrestleMania XV. Out of that rivalry, a rare friendship was born. Though Stone Cold never achieved the fame that The Rock has outside of the ring, they still refer to one another as close friends. Many feel that this friendship is one that results from them taking on wrestling together and coming out on top as legends. They wouldn’t be wrong.
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