“He Hasn’t Changed” – Jim Ross Praises WWE Legend Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for Staying Humble

Published 05/21/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
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)


Humility is a trait that transcends sports. Even if a wrestler is portraying a negative character, his or her actions outside the ring and in actual life show who that person really is. The Rock is one such megastar who never lost his head even after reaching the sky and going beyond.

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The Rock made 82 million dollars

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In an interview with “Inside the Ropes“, veteran wrestling commentator, Jim Ross, discussed all things wrestling with the host and then some. One of the topics that came up was about ‘The Rock’ and how money could never change him. Ross stated,

“The beautiful thing about Dwayne Johnson is that his fame and his amazing fortune, I think he made 82 million dollars last year. That’s a lot of cash where I come from. So he hasn’t changed. He still takes a call, he’ll still return a text message if I needed something.”

Jim Ross recalled that talents wanted to be referred to as athletes not entertainers. He clarified that it was his take, and it wasn’t the gospel.

Jim always treated them like athletes and teammates, trying to build a camaraderie and a team element there. He feels they were very fortunate with some of the guys that they signed. They ultimately have become Hall of Famers, rich, and secure. He feels great about being able to help facilitate that.

Jim looked back at how it went down. He met with The Rock and talked about contracts and recruiting and things of that nature.
The Rock was an easy signing. According to Jim, Rock was a guy who wanted to get signed; he wanted to be there.
He wanted to come to WWE and wanted to be a star. To The Rock’s credit, he has done and achieved all that he wanted.

The Rock’s phone call at midnight

Speaking on the Rock, Ross told an interesting story about the time Rock called him in the middle of the night. He said,

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“He was somewhere in Europe taping or filming a movie when my the day my wife got killed. I was at the hospital sitting with her, she was on life support. Her family had not had time to fly in from California yet. So my phone rings and it’s Dwayne. So it’s like, I don’t know what time it was where he was, it’s like the middle of the night where I was. It just shows he’s not too big to reach out to an old friend and offer the condolences”

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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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