WWE News: The Rock sheds light on Vince McMahon’s advice that changed his personality
WWE News: The Rock on Vince McMahon: Former WWE Superstar The Rock has shed light on an important piece of advice from…
WWE News: The Rock on Vince McMahon: Former WWE Superstar The Rock has shed light on an important piece of advice from Vince McMahon during his early days in WWE. The Brahma Bull, despite spending only six years in the Stamford-based promotion, is regarded as one of the most popular icons the business has ever produced. He was instrumental in the promotion’s success during the Attitude Era which helped WWE cement his place as the leader in the industry.
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In an interview with “The New York Times,” the 50-year-old took us back to the time when he debuted as a babyface in WWE. He also mentioned that Vince McMahon helped him master the art of donning a heel persona.
“Before I became a great bad guy, I came in as the babyface [the good guy]. I was told, ‘You can’t smile enough.’ Vince McMahon told me that. ‘You have to go out there and be grateful to be here.’ I was booed in every arena across the country. So I did have to withstand that kind of vitriol. By the time I did turn heel, I couldn’t have opened my arms wider to get them boos, to come in and embrace them.” (via – Inside the Ropes)
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The Rock marks the Attitude Era as a “very special time” in pro wrestling
The Attitude Era in WWE got underway in the late 1990s and continued till the early 2000s. Dwayne Johnson was a key part of the success of the promotion during that time with his rivalry with Stone Cold Steve Austin being a highlight.
Speaking in the same interview, the former world champion explained that the type of violent content produced during that time is not possible during the modern era. He also admitted to picking up the traits of a heel character during that time.
“That Attitude Era, I call it a very special time in the world of pro wrestling. The company wasn’t publicly traded, so we flew under the radar. And some of the things — many of the things — that we were able to get away with, we’d be in big trouble these days. But that time as a heel really did teach me that you could do anything — as long as your reason why is relatable.” (via – Inside the Ropes)
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After achieving success in the wrestling business, The Rock moved on from WWE to pursue a career in Hollywood. He is now one of the most famous actors with films such as Fast & Furious, Red Notice and Baywatch under his belt.
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