“If I Suck, Never Give Me The Microphone Again”- The Rock Recalls The Most Crucial Moment of his WWE Career

Published 12/19/2020, 7:00 AM EST
370782 03: World Wrestling Federation’s Wrestler Rock Poses June 12, 2000 In Los Angeles, Ca. (Photo By Getty Images)


Being good on the microphone is a necessary skill for a WWE superstar. Talking to the crowd or cutting promos is a staple of every good wrestlers’ repertoire, but none used it to perfection as The Rock did. Dwayne Johnson and his electric charisma carried him to the main event of many WrestleManias and multiple title reigns.

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The Rock had to convince Vince McMahon to let him speak

In conversation with Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, Dwayne Johnson talked about convincing his boss to let him cut a promo. The Rock walked into the WWE, a complete babyface at Survivor Series 1996. Before you know it, he became the smack-talking leader of the Nation of Domination.

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“Give me two minutes. If I suck, never give me the microphone again.” Vince McMahon gave The Rock two minutes to show him and the WWE Universe what he was capable of. And the rest was history.

‘I had to tell him that ‘Listen, I understand that we only have two hours of live television,’ and the show was kicking a**, our ratings were great at that time and I said just give me two minutes- one minute, and if I suck, you’ll never give me the microphone again.”

The promo that saved his career

Many consider The Rock’s heel turn to be the moment that saved his entire career. Like most babyfaces, the WWE Universe treated the Rock very poorly. Fans chanted ‘Rocky sucks’ at literally every match since his debut. He received a huge pop when he won his Survivor Series debut match, but the aftermath was brutal.

After losing the Intercontinental Championship, Dwayne Johnson joined the Nation of Domination. Ron Simmons led the group that also comprised D’Lo Brown and Kama (who later became known as the Godfather).

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The promo he cut will go down as one of the best heel turns of all time.

After joining the Nation of Domination, The Rock would feud with some of the biggest names in WWE. He faced the likes of Steve Austin, Owen Hart, Triple H, Ken Shamrock, and Mick Foley. Mick Foley would become one of his most iconic rivals in 1998 when he lost to the Rock in the main event of Survivor Series 1998.

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The promo led him to some of the best moments of his inspirational WWE career. It almost proved the fact that a heel turn can rejuvenate your career. That moment will go down as one of the smoothest heel turn executions of all time.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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