“One of My Squared Circle Heroes” – The Rock Opens Up on His Childhood Hero and WWE Legend Roddy Piper

Published 04/27/2021, 7:45 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)


Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson shared a recent throwback on his Instagram. As a member of a wrestling family, Johnson was well-acquainted with various eminent wrestlers.

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In the post, The Rock looked back at his long association with late WWE Hall of Famer, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. He was watching an A&E documentary on him and called him “one of his squared circle heroes”.

He revealed he first met him when Piper and Rock’s father, Rocky Johnson, was wrestling and on the road together.

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“I first met Roddy when I was 8yrs old in the Carolinas where he and my old man were wrestling up and down the roads together,” The People’s Champ said.

“Many moons later he would have a strong influence on my career when I wrestled as a “heel” getting “real heat” as we say in wrestling parlance. No greater heel than Hot Rod. And something tells me he’d get a kick out of seeing this picture,” he concluded the Instagram post.

 

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Johnson is now focused on his upcoming DC project, ‘Black Adam.’ He regularly shares movie-related updates and his new fitness regime to prepare for the role.

Bret Hart revealed Triple H wanted to bury The Rock during his early days

The Rock rose to prominence as a heel in the Attitude Era. However, there have been rumors that already established stars like Triple H and Shawn Michaels bullied and tried to sabotage the young talent.

Recently, in an interview, WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart revealed how Triple H and Michaels tried to coerce Hart into pinning Rock and win the Intercontinental Championship on RAW is War. Hart also added that their hatred for Rock might stem from their hatred of Hart.

“Triple H, and maybe even Shawn [Michaels], were pretty ruthless. If someone was tied to me or connected to me, they would try to ruin them. Even Dwayne Johnson [The Rock]. They really tried to crack him and bust his chops.” Hart also recalled motivating Rock as he asked him to pay no heed to Hunter and Michaels.

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“I remember Triple H was sick about it because he had a thing for Dwayne and wanted to ruin him. He hated him.”

However, Hart advocated for The Rock and wanted to work with him in the future. Hart concluded how it was a “shame” he never got to do it except that one night.

While Triple H has vehemently denied the bullying rumors, The Rock has never confirmed or denied the allegations. This made their past equation more mysterious.

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