What is it about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson that makes him the most douchiest, egotistical man in the history of the WWE one minute and then one of the most loved, highest paid, actors and a possible future presidential candidate the next? When you search The Rock or Dwayne Johnson now, you get loads of inspiring stories about how he is a huge animal lover, wonderful family man, exceptional business man, one of the highest paid actors in the world, and, of course, how he is the most motivational, inspirational person in the universe. He even has his own motivational alarm clock out on the market to prove it! This may seem egotistical and maybe even a tad-bit douchey, yet it is nothing compared to the somewhat arrogant person that Dwayne Johnson has often become when he throws on his persona of The Rock.
The third generation wrestler was not always so electrifying. As a matter of fact, when he first stepped into the spotlight in 1995, he was known as Rocky Maivia and things weren't great. His character was so hated at the time that he was always booed and people would even chant “die rocky die” as he made his his way down to the ring. After having one of the roughest starts in the history of the WWE, Dwayne Johnson turned into a heel and was given the mic on his own terms for the first time. He began talking about himself in the third person and The Great One took overm making history with his charismatic words and astonishing record breaking numbers.
Not only was he the holder of a combination of 17 championship titles, eight of which were WWE Championships, but he has also brought the majority of the highest ratings and attendance records with him to WWE events. Now that he has made his way in Hollywood, it may seem as though he truly is indeed The Most Electrifying Man in entertainment, but it all started with the WWE, a mic, and an undeniably douchey attitude. So here we will visit the top 15 douchiest things the Rock has ever done.
15 Hump Day Promo vs Rock The Promo
Bro just seeing this. Surprised to see all your tweets when you could've just reached out personally and we rap about it.— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) July 7, 2016
Despite Dwayne Johnson’s personality being so completely different from his alter ego, The Rock still seems to slip occasionally. He recently debuted a weekly contest on YouTube called Rock The Promo where contestants can submit promos for the chance to win a Rock The Promo Championship belt. Sounds fun right? The only problem being that former WWE wrestler Taz had already been hosting a similar weekly contest called Hump Day Promo.
14 The Rock's Sexist Onscreen Treatment of Lana
While it looks as though Dwayne Johnson may be the perfect gentleman to the ladies off-screen, his WWE personality comes across as moderately sexist. In a backstage scene on Raw that included Lana falling pray to The Rock's outlandish, yet mildly amusing rant about various “exercises,” the two had supposedly done in his hotel room, he mentioned that Lana had showed him “the one legged Russian vacuum” and that he had taught her “the Wisconsin wheelbarrow.”
13 Guinness World Record For Selfies?
The Rock just had to go and add a Guinness World Record to his staggering list of accomplishments by setting the Guinness World Record for the most selfies taken in three minutes while he was on the red carpet of the premiere for San Andreas. In order to accomplish this feat, he had to take 105 selfies in the allotted three minute period. Why anyone would want to be the world record holder for something as ridiculous as the most selfies taken is beyond me.
12 The Rock's Replay of The Montreal Screwjob
Just a year after the original Montreal Screwjob was done on Bret Hart by Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels, Vince and Shane set up a repeat of the job with Mankind set to win at Survivor Series in 1998. Dwayne Johnson had recently shed his Rocky Maivia persona and had traded it in for the loud mouthed, third person gimmick of The Rock and was working his way up to being a fan favorite at a lightening fast speed and had come so far from being the hated image he had been a few short months before.
11 Overdoing The Job With Mick Foley
At times, The Rock has been known to go too far in the ring, upsetting some of his fellow wrestlers. This was the case when Mankind went up against The Rock in an “I Quit” match during the Royal Rumble in 1999 where Foley suffered a broken jaw.
10 Referred To Himself As Looking Like A Buff Lesbian
The Rock recently shared an old memory with us at the MTV Music Awards. It was a picture of him from back in the 90s when he had his hair in a high-top with a tight black turtleneck on and a chain around his neck. In the picture, the once babyfaced Rock is also sporting a lovely leather fanny pack. The Rock made a reference of the pic being from his “buff lesbian” days.
9 The Rock Says
The fact that The Rock wrote a New York Times Bestseller is not douchey at all, but the fact that in his autobiography he talks about himself in the third person for the portion after he became his alter ego in WWE is in fact very douchey.
8 The Rock vs The San Diego Aztec Mascot
Apparently The Rock's antics date all the way back to his college years. Back before The Rock was known in the early 90s, Johnson was known as “Dewey” by his old teammates on the Miami Hurricanes. He did not play for very long, as he sadly got hurt, and went on to go into the family business of wrestling, but not before engaging in a huge brawl that happened between the Miami Hurricanes and San Diego Aztecs.
7 His WrestleMania 32 Entrance
At WrestleMania 32, not only did The Rock go through with his usual third person dialogue, but he also seemed to feel it was necessary for us to see ROCK in flames, so that we would all know that he had indeed returned to WrestleMania in Arlington, Texas.
He came down the ramp armed with a huge flamethrower and surrounded by the Dallas Cheerleaders. He then went on to use the flamethrower to set his name on fire, just before informing fans that WWE had broken a WrestleMania attendance record of a whopping 101,763 people. While The Rock is considered by fans to be The Great One and this was possibly an attempt at making it the best and most interesting entrance ever in the history of WWE, it failed and had a douchey feel to it. We already know The Rock is on fire, but did we really have to see it wrote in flames?
6 No-show On Raw After WrestleMania 29
There was a lot of rumors circulating around prior to WrestleMania 29. The Rock and John Cena were due to have their match and there was talk of some real-life beef going on between The Rock and Cena that later turned out to be true.
5 The Rock Singles Out Stone Cold
The Rock and Stone Cold had one of the best rivalries onscreen in WWE history while off-screen they were actually pretty close. In interviews, The Rock has even thanked Stone Cold for putting his name on the line for him back in 1999 when just about everyone on the roster was against Vince putting The Rock in the main event against Stone Cold. He has called Stone Cold a “good man” and mentioned how the event created a “bond of trust” between the two men, but where was the trust in 2002 when Vince was changing things up for Stone Cold, who at the time was still the WWE's top guy.
4 The Rock Serenades Vicki Guerrero
I'm not a big fan of Vicki Guerrero myself, but, fan or not, it was amusing, yet painful to watch The Rock call her out under the assumption that he was going to sing her a special song. I'm sure most women have visited uncomfortable moments such as this (especially in those awkward cootie years) where boys often resort to such childhood pranks such as offering gifts, only for the girl to find that it was really worms.
3 The Rock Brings It Via Satellite
“Finally, The Rock has come back...” via satellite. This was the biggest insult that Cena had against The Rock in their rivalry from 2012-2013. The Superstars of the WWE have been known to appear occasionally via satellite, but none so much as The Rock over such a short period of time. Although, his appearances via satellite were always amusing, the biggest problem with the angle was that it made him appear too busy to show-up.
2 The Rock's WWE Hall of Fame Roast
In 2008, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson left many of his old wrestling buddies displeased with his speech that was meant to honor his father and late grandfather, as they were being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Many, including Stone Cold Steve Austin, thought that the Hollywood star's speech came off as more of a roast, rather than the tribute it was meant to be.
1 CM Punk's Stolen Moment
In early 2013, CM Punk had just come back from surgery and was pushed by Vince into a TLC match against Ryback in order to get the storyline over because The Rock was suddenly making himself available and Vince preferred to go with that angle.
Punk, who had held the title for 434 days, had planned to keep it until the upcoming WrestleMania, where Punk had still not got his main event card despite his accomplishments. Instead, The Rock came back after years of random appearances and Punk was told to drop him the title at the Royal Rumble match.
This left room for Cena and The Rock to main event WrestleMania while Punk went on to add another tombstone to The Undertaker's streak. This led to CM Punk leaving shortly after and ranks as a major dark cloud from The Rock's WWE career, although he'll never admit he did anything wrong.
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