“Much Less Was Scripted Back Then” – The Rock Recalls a Fascinating Story Behind an Iconic Moment With ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin

Published 02/28/2021, 7:00 AM EST


Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson formally left the wrestling business in 2004. Since then, he has become a Hollywood megastar, but he never forgot his roots which made him who he is.

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On that note, Johnson recently recalled one of his iconic rivalries. He retweeted a post on Twitter that highlighted one of his many legendary moments with fellow Attitude Era icon, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – APRIL 1: Dwayne ”The Rock” Johnson looks on during his match against John Cena during WrestleMania XXVIII at Sun Life Stadium on April 1, 2012, in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Ron Elkman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)

The post, which was a still picture, was a testament to one of the many times The Rock and Austin shared a beer following a segment. Rock also paid homage to the iconic Attitude Era, where the difference between reel and reality was blurred.

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Johnson recalled, “Many of you know what’s about to happen in roughly 3 seconds after this beer smash… And Stone Cold Steve Austin, and I did this in a different city EVERY NIGHT. Much less was scripted back then, and these were BRILLIANT times!!! What an era as all things ebb and flow in WWE.”

Many of you know what’s about to happen in roughly 3 seconds after this beer 🍻 smash….
And @steveaustinBSR and I did this in a different city EVERY NIGHT.
Much less was scripted back then and these were BRILLIANT times!!! What an era as all things ebb and flow in @wwe ❤️💪🏾 https://t.co/nBjm1copIa

— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) February 27, 2021

This level of creative independence is not granted in the PG Era, but the Attitude Era was very different. The matches and the storylines were also more violent and mature compared to the ‘safe’ nature of today.

Be it Johnson or Austin or Triple H, their nonchalant, smug attitude put them on the pedestal. The Superstars defined WWE back then and set the stage for the Superstars of today.

Why did The Rock oversell during the Attitude Era?

Overselling is one of the many reasons that The Rock became the “most electrifying wrestler” in the business. This aspect not only made the match highly entertaining but also projected the Superstar in a grand light.

Recently, on his podcast, Johnson’s noted rival, Kurt Angle, revealed why The Rock oversold everything.

A lot of people think that he oversells, but I think he is right on with it.”

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“You know, his style is all about selling. That’s what he does best, and that’s why he is so effective,” Angle explained. “Of course, you know, he can cut a promo better than anybody else, but, you know, the selling in the ring is what sells tickets, and he does it well.”

In conclusion, The Rock has always been a great actor whether it’s inside the squared circle or on the silver screen. As of now, Johnson is preparing for his latest DC Movie, Black Adam. There were rumors of him coming back at WrestleMania 37, but WWE shelved the idea.

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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