Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a household name in wrestling and Hollywood alike. But this success came after years of hardships.
“TBT to me and a young fan after my wrestling match at the flea market in Memphis. My ring name was “Flex Kavana” (hey I thought it was a cool name at the time🤣) and I was making a GUARANTEED $40 bucks per match.”
The richest actor in the world wrote, “I was broke as hell, passionate, and gave it all I got – having NOOO IDEA the long, windy, unpredictable road that lay ahead. Sounds crazy, but looking back at this time.”
Although he was financially broke, the matches in “flea markets, fairs, high school gyms, used car dealerships, etc” taught him the value of “always taking care of the audience and sending them home happy.”
The fan in the picture took a picture with the Rock for $5. He ended the post with, “Sorry Mitchell.. I owe you one”.
The Rock eventually signed with WWE (then WWF) in 1996 and became one of the biggest Superstars of the Attitude Era. He left WWE in the prime of his career in Hollywood and became successful there as well.
The most electrifying wrestler in the business, he is sure to have an interesting past. As a member of the Anoa’i Family, Johnson is wrestling royalty.
Recently, he shared a teaser of the series based on his youth days. The series will air on NBC and is reported to have a fun take on Johnson’s journey in the world of wrestling and showbiz.
The trailer looks back at Johnson’s childhood and high school days, including a look at Joseph Lee Anderson playing his father, Rocky Johnson. The teaser also shows actors Adrian Groulx and Bradley Constant portraying Johnson at 10 and 15 years old, respectively.
Johnson has truly come a long way from wrestling in Memphis. What did you think of his journey? Let us know in the comments below.