‘We Won’t Have to Go Up to The Rock’: 26-Year-Old Amputee Bodybuilder Shared How Dwayne Johnson Proved He Is a Real Man and Not a Social Media Wannabe

Published 08/27/2022, 11:30 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 02: Actor Dwayne Johnson arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” at the Chinese Theater on February 2, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The world knows how humble and genuine Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is. The fans love him because of his positive attitude and the politeness he keeps while meeting others.

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Surprisingly, once a 26-year-old famous bodybuilder tried to check whether Johnson is really the person he claims to be. 

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A few years back in 2017, famous entrepreneur, bodybuilder, model, and Internet sensation Nick Santonastasso met Dwayne Johnson. However, talking with TooFab, he told the story of that encounter he had with the former WWE star. It happened at City Athletic Club, a high-profile Las Vegas gym.

Santonastasso said, “One of my boys, when we got there, said, ‘Hey Bro The Rock’s up there lifting’. I was like Oh sh*t. Sorry I was like Ohh shoot.”

Further, the author added how he is a public figure and wouldn’t like somebody bothering him while workout. 

So he told his friends, “Just from my aura, my vibes, the vibes we bring out I said we won’t have to go up to this guy I promise. If he’s really real and The Rock is the way he presents himself, we will not have to go up to this guy so just focus on the lift and let everyone else freak out.”

Shockingly, his strategy worked out as later DJ’s security guard approached Santonastasso and told him that Johnson wants to meet him. Surprisingly, The Rock knew exactly who Santonastasso was, thanks to his inspiring social media presence.

Dwayne Johnson praised Nick Santonastasso

After The Rock approached the social media influencer at the gym, he praised him too. Nick Santonastasso was finally convinced that Dwayne Johnson was indeed the same person as he appeared in the media. Also, he shared what Johnson said to him.

Santonastasso said, “It was an instant (connection between us) like we both respected each other and what we did,” he said. “And it was an amazing feeling, like just like The Rock coming up to you and saying, ‘You’re amazing.'”

Johnson made the day of Santonastasso by whispering to him some words of motivation. Further, elsewhere in the interview, Santonastasso also claimed how The Rock motivated him through wrestling when he was young. 

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Clearly, Johnson’s impact was huge on the social media influencer. He called this the most humbling experience he had ever had in his life. Moreover, Santonastasso is still in disbelief that his idol is a fan of his asking him for a photo instead of the other way around.

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Tushar Deogharkar

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Tushar Deogharkar is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports. Tushar has done his Master's in Tourism Management and is an ardent fan of pro wrestling. He follows WWE and AEW very closely and wants to learn how the promotions are run.

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