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“It Was The Rock’s Idea”- WWE Veteran Makes Shocking Revelation on His Rivalry With The Rock

Published 07/15/2020, 7:51 AM EDT

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In a recent interview, former WWE Superstar Gregory Shane Helms, better known as ‘The Hurricane’ talked about his iconic 2003 segment with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He also recalls the match that followed, which was the biggest thing before WrestleMania that year.

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For those of you who remember, before WrestleMania, The Rock had epic locker room segments with The Hurricane. This was at a time when verbal smackdowns were at their best. 


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The Rock and Hurricane exchanged roasts in what would become one of the funniest segments in WWE history. The Rock openly told Hurricane that any superhero could beat him, even Aquaman! 

Everyone expected The Rock to beat The Hurricane

The two then went own to have a match that The Rock was expected to win. However, in what would go on to be one of the biggest upsets in RAW history, The Hurricane beat The Rock!

Helms revealed the truth behind this fixture. Apparently, the match was to take a completely different trajectory than what we finally saw on screen.


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“The Rock pushed to put me over. It was The Rock’s idea. There might have been some other people that weighed it on it, but there were a lot of people in higher positions that did not want The Rock to lose, going into WrestleMania with Steve Austin,” explains Helms. “But Rock pushed for it, he thought it would be okay, he thought it would be a “shock the world” type of thing.”


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One of the funniest things about the match was Jim Ross’ commentary. He kept thinking that the referee hit the three count and announced that The Hurricane had done it! The match was that close.

However, at the climax, The Rock’s own arch-nemesis “Stone Cold” Steve Austin interfered, making his way to the ring. Diverting all his attention towards Stone Cold, The Rock was taken by surprise by Hurricane, who caught The Rock from behind, rolling him over for the pin-fall.


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The Rock went on to beat Steve Austin in their third encounter at WrestleMania, putting an end of one of WWE’s greatest rivalries. The Hurricane may not have reached the heights he was capable of, but he can say that he beat the most electrifying Superstar in all of Sports entertainment.

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Written by:

Luke Dias


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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.
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