“Bret Showed Me How It’s Done” – Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Credits Bret Hart for Supporting Him Early in His WWE Career

Published 07/30/2021, 10:53 AM EDT


Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is arguably the biggest star in the world and his popularity has transcended sports and acting. However, his roots lie in wrestling, and Bret Hart had a role to play in it.

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In a recent interview with “Screen Rant Plus”, The Rock remarked that host Joseph Deckelmeier was sporting a Hitman t-shirt. Speaking to his Jungle Cruise co-star, Emily Blunt, stated how Bret Hart was so nice to him in the early years. The Rock wanted to give props to Bret Hart whenever he could.

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Turing to Blunt he said, “The T-shirt he’s wearing, is [of] a guy who didn’t have to be, but he was so good to me when I was a rookie professional wrestler, and his name was Bret “The Hitman” Hart.

“He comes from a very famous wrestling family. But at that time, he was World Champion and there were a lot of guys in that world at that time, in ’96, that didn’t necessarily embrace me.”

Emily took interest in the story and enquired if this happened when The Rock was a good guy or a bad one. “Just when I was a rookie coming in. Because everyone hungry for the spot and there’s a lot of sharks in the water, but that guy, Bret, and he was World Champion, showed me how it’s done.”

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Why was the WWE Hall of Famer nice to Dwayne Johnson?

Emily Blunt asked the same question to ‘The Great One‘. He thinks it’s because their families knew each other. Bret knew that The Rock came from a lineage of pro-wrestling.

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The Hitman also knew that Rock had a real love and respect for wrestling. For Dwayne, Bret Hart was the nicest guy and thus, he always likes to give him props where he can.

ANAHEIM, CA – AUGUST 14: Actor Dwayne Johnson of MOANA took part today in “Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films” presentation at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
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Both wrestlers are highly respected and admired by all. The work they did in and outside the ring still resonates with the fans.

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Aditya Pran Mahanta

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Aditya Pran Mahanta is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree. Being a sports fanatic, he has played at the state level badminton in his younger years but his love for WWE overtook all other passions. Being a decade-long wrestling fan, he relishes the older wrestlers and wishes that the newer generation had the same Edge. He is a passionate fan of Rey Mysterio for his high flying style, Edge for being The Ultimate Opportunist, and Razor Ramon because nobody messes with the Bad Guy!

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