WATCH: The Rock’s 5 Most Electrifying Rock Bottoms in WWE

Published 05/02/2021, 7:45 AM EDT
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – APRIL 1: Dwayne ”The Rock” Johnson and John Cena in action during WrestleMania XXVIII at Sun Life Stadium on April 1, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Ron Elkman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)


Ahead of WWE Icon Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s 49th Birthday, WWE honored him by giving the fans a throwback. In the latest video, WWE recalled his most iconic 5 Rock Bottoms.

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Every fan knows that Rock Bottom is The Rock’s signature finishing move, often preceded by the People’s Elbow. WWE India compiled a list of his impressive finisher. Let’s take a look –

#5 The Rock vs John Cena – WrestleMania 28 (2012)

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Who can forget this? Termed “Once in A Lifetime,” Cena and Rock faced each other in the main event of WrestleMania 28. It was a vicious war of the titans where “The People’s Champ” had the last laugh.

Cena and Rock performed their iconic moves for multiple near falls. In the end, Rock countered a People’s Elbow into the Rock Bottom to secure the win.

#4 Kurt Angle match – No Way Out (2001)

In another main event match, Kurt Angle defended his World Heavyweight Championship at No Way Out. Despite interference from The Big Show, Johnson never lost his grip.

From hitting Angle with the title to getting thrown into an exposed turnbuckle, The Rock did it all. In the end, Rock threw Angle into the turnbuckle and performed two back-to-back Rock Bottoms to win the World Title for the sixth time.

#3 Against Mankind – Survivor Series 1998

One of the most controversial moments in the event and promotion’s history saw history repeating itself. In the main event of the PPV, Mankind and Johnson fought for the vacant WWE title.

Reminiscent of the previous year’s Survivor Series, Mr. McMahon rang the bell while The Rock held Mankind in a sharpshooter. However, he did not submit. This marked the first World title win for Johnson.

Following the event, Johnson turned heel (which would later give rise to his immense popularity) as he aligned with Mr. McMahon and Shane. However, Mankind, with ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, came to ask for justice. Mankind received the Rock Bottom instead.

Austin eventually gave a stunner to everyone in the ring to settle the scores.

#2 Triple H vs The Rock – Backlash (2000)

Triple H defended his World title in the main event. Shane McMahon acted as the special guest referee as the action unfolded.

Johnson faced a lot of resistance from the McMahon family as Vince attacked him with the belt, and Shane refused to count out Triple H. The Rock gave Rock Bottoms to Triple H and Shane on the announce table.

Chaos ensued soon as Vince came out with Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco to officiate the match. Soon, Austin came out and started attacking everyone. Linda McMahon appeared with Earl Hebner to officiate the match, and the challenger won the title for the fourth time.

#1 Against Steve Austin – WrestleMania XIX (2003)

The penultimate match of the event saw Austin and Johnson settle old scores. The People’s Champ voiced his opinion against Austin being the ‘superstar of the decade.’ Austin claimed Rock was obsessed with beating him, and they eventually got their match.

Rock worked on Austin’s injured leg and taunted the ‘Ratte Snake.’ The Rock performed three back-to-back Rock Bottoms to win the match.

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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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