The Rock Thanks Vince McMahon in an Emotional Post on the 25th Anniversary of His WWE Debut

Published 11/18/2021, 7:00 AM EST

Well, who is a hero? What’s the definition of a hero? If you ask these questions to the young WWE superstars, you will most probably end up hearing one name. That is Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. But apart from inspiring others, every hero has his own fairytale.

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The Rock’s fairytale story in WWE reached its 25th year recently. The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment made his astonishing in-ring WWE debut at the Survivor Series PPV on November 17, 1996, in the famed Madison Square Garden. Well, The Rock is no ordinary man and his in-ring debut was no mundane occurrence either.

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The Rock impressed the WWE universe right from the get-go. He took part in an eight-man elimination tag match. The Rock announced his arrival in style by winning the match for his team by eliminating Crush and Goldust after he was left as the sole survivor. Recently, The People’s Champ made an emotional post on his Instagram marking the 25th anniversary of his WWE debut.

In his post, he thanked the WWE universe and the “make it or break it” City of New York for accepting him with open arms and embracing him with so much love. He also thanked Vince McMahon for giving him the opportunity.

 

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The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment even claimed he won that night because all the other wrestlers in the ring let him win. That was one valuable lesson that he learned from the wrestling industry on his very first night in the WWE ring. This shows that The Rock is not only a great champion but also a great human being.

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The Rock followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather on his Survivor Series debut

Apart from all the above reasons, there was another reason which made his Survivor Series debut worth remembering. Well, that night he took forward the legacy of his family in the wrestling world.

WWE introduced The Rock as the first third-generation athlete in the history of the World Wrestling Federation. You might not be aware that he got introduced by WWE with a unique name, Rocky Maivia.

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In an interview, The Rock claimed it was an honor to combine his father’s name with his grandfather’s last name to mark his in-ring WWE debut.

And what made that night more special is the place, Madison Square Garden. The Rock watched his grandfather and his dad wrestle in the same place during his childhood days. The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment considered himself lucky to get this opportunity and make his dream come true by making his in-ring debut at the mecca of fight sports, Madison Square Garden.

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But The Rock was not pleased with this name, as he wanted to make an identity of his own. He did not want to feel like they handed anything over to him because of his family’s legacy. During his talk with Vince McMahon, the WWE chairman told him he wanted to honor The Rock in a way like his grandfather and his dad. But Vince also wanted The Rock to prove himself inside the ring and prove himself to the fans.

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Shouvik Nath

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Shouvik Nath is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation from St.Xavier’s College, Shouvik wished to follow his passion for pro wrestling.

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