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“General Feeling In The Locker Room”: Dwayne Johnson Made Several WWE Veterans Unhappy Before Becoming a Role Model for the Younger Generation

Published 06/02/2023, 2:00 PM EDT

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The world is witnessing how successful actor Dwayne Johnson has become today. Irrespective of that, we cannot ignore his amazing WWE career, which is still a favorite memory of many. Even though wrestling runs in his blood, getting on the top in WWE was difficult for him, as several veteran stars were upset over his massive push.

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A WWE legend who managed The Undertaker initially recently talked about the backstage reaction to The Rock’s push. The legend gave several factors for the same and also shared a similar instance with Bret Hart.

Dwayne Johnson had heat for getting a mega push in WWE


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The Rock entered his family business after failing to make it into football. He started training with his father and made his debut in 1996 as Rocky Maivia. And after two years, the company gave him a huge push, which didn’t sit well with several veterans. 

Recently, WWE’s Senior Vice President Bruce Prichard talked about the same on his Something to Wrestle podcast. He shared despite all difficulties, DJ became ‘The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment’. He mentioned how there was a feeling of near resentment about The Rock getting his push.


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Prichard said, “Anybody that had been there any length of time, any veteran will look at him and go, ‘Jesus Christ, now why this kid? I’ve been busting my a** here for all these years and that’. It was a general feeling in the locker room, when a lot of or any new guy coming in.”

He added, “As far as dealing with Dwayne Johnson during that time, it was the same Dwayne Johnson that had walked in and had his tryout in Houston, Texas all those years ago and bust his a** in the warehouse. And then got over like died first, went out and sh*t the bed died.”

“I mean, they were chanting ‘Die Rocky Die’, and then returned to make the most of it and became successful. I just think it was jealousy more than anything else,” Brother Love further said. 

This is not the first time someone has mentioned Johnson’s initial struggle in WWE. Even a couple of years ago, Mark Henry shared somebody played a disgusting prank on The Rock in his initial days

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The 90s was known to be a competitive era, and the stars took it seriously. While ‘The Brahma Bull’ made a name in the late 90s, Prichard shared the reception Bret Hart got when he became the WWE champion. 

There was resentment against Bret Hart


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The 60-year-old WWE official shared several WWE stars were jealous of The Hitman. This was because he became the WWE Champion after being a “mid-card” wrestler in the company in his early days.

He said, “Man, there was resentment against Bret Hart, almost for the opposite.” As per the 60-year-old, the stars who weren’t getting success used to complain. 


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Tushar Deogharkar


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Tushar Deogharkar is a senior WWE writer and analyst at EssentiallySports. With a true passion for pro wrestling, Tushar has consistently provided unparalleled coverage of the sport, never missing an opportunity to share his insights with his readers. Throughout his career, Tushar has covered some of the most iconic rivalries in WWE history, including the legendary feud between The Rock and Stone Cold.
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