WATCH: A Heartfelt Moment When Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Met WWE Legend Pat Patterson In 2019

Published 12/04/2020, 8:11 AM EST
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 Johnson is a man who’s known all around the world. His popularity knows no leaps and bounds, but it wasn’t easy pickings for the ‘People’s Champion.’ After his football career, it was WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson that trained him in professional wrestling.

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Dwayne Johnson and Pat Patterson share a lovely moment

WWE posted a video on their YouTube Channel where The Rock and Pat Patterson are seen sharing a lovely moment just hours before SmackDown’s Premiere on FOX on October 4 last year.

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As seen in the video, The Rock, along with Bruce Prichard, are already at ringside, probably getting ready for some media. Pat Patterson is standing right behind The Rock beside the barricade. We can see that as soon as The Rock sees Patterson, he goes, “Jabroni!” The two then hugged and Pat said, “I don’t see you too often man.”

The WWE Hall of Famer then narrated the story of how excited he got watching The Rock’s enormous picture or advertisement at the Times Square. Bruce Prichard plugs in and enacts how animatedly Pat had explained the same to them earlier.

The two can be seen talking more, with The Rock letting Pat know that his mom, Ata Johnson, would be there and Pat Patterson being the lively person he was, only seemed excited. He also shared how he’s got to get pictures of The Rock and Sylvain Grenier (who was at the show that night).

The video ends with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson continuing his scheduled media, but tells Pat he will finish this and continue the chatting with him. Now that’s really adorable.

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Pat Patterson – the Torchbearer

Pat Patterson’s influence on professional wrestling is enormous. The man shaped careers of several wrestlers including The Rock. It was Pat Patterson who trained the relatively inexperienced young Dwayne Johnson in wrestling. Not just that, but he also arranged for several try out matches for him in the WWF.


Eventually, The Rock would sign with WWE in 1996 and become a major star for them. He then shifted his focus to Hollywood. And the rest is history. The Rock also shared a picture remembering Pat Patterson and explained what Pat meant for him.

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It is safe to say if it wasn’t for Pat Patterson persuading Vince to sign The Rock, then there wouldn’t have been no ‘Scorpion King’ in the first place. Pat Patterson will continue to live in our hearts forever!

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Ishan Chavan

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Ishan Chavan is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Being a Journalism graduate, Ishan has over six years of experience in the Media Production Industry, having worked with Viacom 18's streaming platform, Voot. A wrestling fan since childhood, Ishan's favorite wrestlers are Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and Chris Jericho as he feels these three have the perfect blend of wrestling and promo skills, especially Jericho.

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