WATCH: An Iconic Moment When Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Shocked the World by Winning His First WWE Title After Defeating Triple H

Published 02/14/2021, 9:00 AM EST


Over the last few decades, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has made his mark in the world. Be it wrestling or Hollywood, Johnson has reached the top tier.

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Despite that, Johnson never forgot his roots. He gives shout outs to WWE now and then and shares throwback pictures. Now, we will look at the very beginning of The Rock’s success.

24 years ago today, The Rock, known as “Rocky Maivia,” won his first championship in WWE (then WWF) on Monday Night RAW. He won the Intercontinental title from Triple H, then known as Hunter Hearst Helmsley.

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Following this win, both the competitors had a ‘gimmick renovation’ befitting the ensuing Attitude Era. The duo would have many iconic matches and storylines later on, but it all started with the match on RAW.

The Rock shares regular throwbacks of his WWE career

The Rock belongs to the Anoa’i Family, which has a long line of accomplished wrestlers. As a result, representing the company was his lifelong dream. Thanks to his charisma and undeniable athleticism, The Rock lived that dream inside and outside of WWE.

From a very young age, Johnson used to put on his father, the legendary Rocky Johnson’s wrestling gear. He once shared a throwback with the caption, “A Lil’ throwback action to 1983, when I was 11 years old – I used to LOVE putting on my dad’s wrestling trunks, boots, jacket, and championship belts – dreaming of one day becoming a pro wrestling champion.”

 

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From hoping to be a pro-wrestling champion, The Rock became a 10-time world champion. The Rock recently shared another throwback when he won his 8th World Title from Chris Jericho.

He wrote, “Chris and I had phenomenal matches all around the world (including one electrifying night in JAPAN 🇯🇵 and one unforgettable night in HAWAII ❤️). Thank you for “the honors”, my brother.”

 

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Proudly cut my teeth and made my bones in the wild world of pro wrestling – learned some great, invaluable lessons I apply today for success in my business and life,” he concluded.

Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, enters the ring to talk smack about his upcoming opponent John Cena during the WWE Raw event at Rose Garden arena in Portland, Ore., Monday, February 27th, 2012. (Photo by Chris Ryan/Corbis via Getty Images)

The Rock’s journey is truly an inspiration for many. From wrestling in flea markets to the top star of WWE, the fans can now witness his journey in his autobiographical TV series, Young Rock.

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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