History YMMV / DwayneJohnson

9th Feb '17 10:41:52 PM Scabbard
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* DoingItForTheArt: Johnson doesn't need the money to [[CatchPhrase come BACK to WWE]]]. His ''[=WrestleMania=] 28'' feud with Cena came at a time with no movie to promote (''Journey 2'' was released prior to ''Elimination Chamber 2012'', too late to generate any real box office bump; ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'' was still months away from release). He showed his goosebumps to the camera while in the middle of the ring during a ''RAW'' episode. If you were someone who thought The Rock wanted nothing to do with wrestling ever again (a popular sentiment on the IWC once "The Rock" was dropped from his name for a few years), The Rock promptly laid the smackdown on your candy-ass notion.

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* DoingItForTheArt: Johnson doesn't need the money to [[CatchPhrase come BACK to WWE]]].WWE]]. His ''[=WrestleMania=] 28'' feud with Cena came at a time with no movie to promote (''Journey 2'' was released prior to ''Elimination Chamber 2012'', too late to generate any real box office bump; ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'' was still months away from release). He showed his goosebumps to the camera while in the middle of the ring during a ''RAW'' episode. If you were someone who thought The Rock wanted nothing to do with wrestling ever again (a popular sentiment on the IWC once "The Rock" was dropped from his name for a few years), The Rock promptly laid the smackdown on your candy-ass notion.
25th Jan '17 11:09:26 AM dsneybuf
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* AscendedMeme: When The Rock returned to the WWE, he called Wrestling/JohnCena a "big fat bowl of Fruity Pebbles". Not long after, Post made a marketing deal with Cena for...you guessed it, Fruity Pebbles.
17th Sep '16 8:49:06 PM TheFallofElDorado
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** Among animation fans, him [[AnimationAgeGhetto calling the medium a "genre"]].
17th Apr '16 9:55:44 PM Tork
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** An early meme was the "Rockblock" where a naked woman (usually a celebrity) would be covered up by the Rock nicely asking, "Hey guys, what's going on?"
5th Apr '16 9:43:44 PM Nyame
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** The base was further broken after ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 32'', which, barring a few select moments/matches, had been seen as being booked to spite the hardcore audience. Having to endure over three hours (five counting the pre-show, which was two hours long) of the event, the fans had to endure a half-hour segment consisting of the Dallas cheerleaders and Rocky screwing around with a flamethrower just so he could announce to the fans that they had broken the WWE attendance record and bury the already incredibly damaged Wrestling/WyattFamily with a returning Wrestling/JohnCena (who was still injured but showed up that weekend to help promote Mania and induct Music/SnoopDogg into the Hall of Fame). This especially pissed the fans off because the highly anticipated Wrestling/BrockLesnar match with Wrestling/DeanAmbrose was given barely ten minutes and made into a thinly veiled SquashMatch, wasting the build and killing Ambrose's momentum. A lot of the time of Rocky's segment could've been given to that match. Not helping things was this was right before the main event, and many fans wanted to get Reigns' win over with so they could leave. This led to many fans complaining that Rocky hadn't really put anyone over since Cena and was only coming back to go into business for himself. Ironically, many considered the one saving grace of that segment was the return of the aforementioned Cena, who the fans began to miss desperately after having to endure months of terrible booking and having the much less charismatic/talented Wrestling/RomanReigns as the focus of the show.
10th Jan '16 11:51:02 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* GrowingTheBeard: He's always been regarded as a "pretty good" at worst when it came to wrestling but his "Flex Kavana" which he admitted to thinking sounded cool when he first came up with it, wasn't one of his best ideas, which he also admitted. Rocky Maivia was even worse, and he knew it the moment it was suggested, repeatedly shooting it down until he got to the WWF main roster and no longer had a choice. All the boos he got proved him correct, but then things got better.



* ItGetsBetter: He's always been regarded as a "pretty good" at worst when it came to wrestling but his "Flex Kavana" which he admitted to thinking sounded cool when he first came up with it, wasn't one of his best ideas, which he also admitted. Rocky Maivia was even worse, and he knew it the moment it was suggested, repeatedly shooting it down until he got to the WWF main roster and no longer had a choice. All the boos he got proved him correct, but then things got better.
20th Nov '15 3:39:44 PM Nyame
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** an attempt to invoke this recently backfired... [[InternetBackdraft very]] [[TheScrappy badly]] as an attempt to put over Wrestling/RomanReigns at the 2015 Royal Rumble. To say this didn't work is quite the understatement.

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** an An attempt to invoke this recently backfired... [[InternetBackdraft very]] [[TheScrappy badly]] as an attempt to put over Wrestling/RomanReigns at the 2015 Royal Rumble. To say this didn't work is quite the understatement. To be fair to both men, everyone more-or-less states that they weren't pissed at them so much as they were at the company for doing such a terrible job of booking as of late. Had this happen later down the line (such as Reigns winning the 2016 Royal Rumble after being properly built up and his character more refined), the backlash wouldn't have been so bad.
7th Nov '15 8:22:16 PM Nyame
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* FranchiseOriginalSin: His return started the disturbing trend of the WWE over-relying on part-timers to carry them through its most profitable periods (''Wrestling/WrestleMania'' and ''Wrestling/SummerSlam''). When Rocky first came back, it was all well and good and everyone was happy. The WWE, seeing the success from his return, started bringing several past stars to cash in on the nostalgia. The problem is that it takes away time from the main roster, causing a bit of resentment from the fan base that reached a head during the 2014 Royal Rumble after Batista won the titular match a mere ''week'' after he returned, over fan favorite Daniel Bryan, who wasn't even an entrant. The crowd promptly booed him out of the building. What Rocky's return unintentionally promoted was the idea that "part-timers" draw while the stars on the main roster, including some upper-midcard/main event stars such as Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}, do not (or, at least, not as much). Rather than take on the work to build new stars to draw on the level, they instead just continued bandying about all these old stars instead (primarily Brock Lesnar). The one star they ''did'' try to build, Wrestling/RomanReigns (who, coincidentally, is Rocky's cousin), rather than build him up slowly, got shoehorned right into the main event of WM before he was ready, right after an injury no less and, instead of allowing him to find a character that fit him, was made into a Wrestling/JohnCena clone instead. The fans did not react well to this ''at all'' (fan reaction was so bad, in fact, that his victory at WM got pulled days beforehand and the title instead went to Wrestling/SethRollins). While the fans are still appreciative of Rocky's return, they resent how it gave way for past stars to come back and soak up all the spotlight.
6th Nov '15 8:23:57 AM SomeoneElse17
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*** He followed up on that on ''[[MilestoneCelebration Raw 1000]]'' and announced that he had a title shot at Royal Rumble 2013. Before long people started saying he'd become an absentee WWE Champion before [=WrestleMania=] XXIX if he didn't lose. Now before he's even returned for 2013, what's been announced of his [=WrestleMania=] season schedule already rivals what a typical second-run Wrestling/ShawnMichaels schedule would look like in the same amount of time, with him set to appear live on the majority of ''Raw'' episodes and '''[[CueTheFlyingPigs at least three]] ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackDown Smackdowns]]'''''. At this rate the cycle's only gonna stop when either most wrestling fans actually expect him to return full time or when his eventual retirement match and/or Hall of Fame induction is finally announced.

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*** He followed up on that on ''[[MilestoneCelebration Raw 1000]]'' and announced that he had a title shot at Royal Rumble 2013. Before long people started saying he'd become an absentee WWE Champion before [=WrestleMania=] XXIX if he didn't lose. Now before he's even returned for 2013, what's been announced of his [=WrestleMania=] season schedule already rivals what a typical second-run Wrestling/ShawnMichaels schedule would look like in the same amount of time, with him set to appear live on the majority of ''Raw'' episodes and '''[[CueTheFlyingPigs at least three]] ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackDown Smackdowns]]'''''. At this rate it was thought the cycle's cycle would only gonna stop when either most wrestling fans actually expect expected him to return full time or when his eventual retirement match and/or Hall of Fame induction is was finally announced.announced.
*** Finally stopped after he put over Cena, making only rare appearances since then. That said, he did sustain a number of injuries during the second Cena match yet still finished it, and he would later tentatively cite it in interviews as his final match while still leaving the door opening for future match work if the right timing and occasion were to pop up.
6th Nov '15 8:17:59 AM SomeoneElse17
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** Even the mere fact of his feud with and wins over Wrestling/CMPunk have caused this, arguably due to Punk's massive popularity. Many fans hated Rock for being the part-timer who dared to end Punk's historic 434-day reign as WWE Champion. Made worse by the fact that this was done just in time for the road to the Wrestling/WrestleMania main event, with many questioning whether Rock deserved the spot over Punk and others still who had no problem with Rock himself being there felt that it was wasted on what was widely considered a ForegoneConclusion with Wrestling/JohnCena getting his win back and being solidified as the top dog over both men. On the other hand, others credited the Punk-Rock feud for restoring Punk's credibility as a badass after months of the WWE Champion being booked as an ineffectual chickenshit heel against Wrestling/{{Ryback}} and especially Cena, with Punk going from running away and ducking his challengers at all times to outright calling out and challenging Rock, even getting the better of him once or twice before the Rumble title match, and losing both that match and the next year's rematch under controversial circumstances. Then there was the pattern of Punk losing to [[Wrestling/TheUndertaker major]] [[Wrestling/BrockLesnar part-timers]] that eventually formed from this, which only frustrated fans further in the aftermath. Even Punk himself was not happy about this, though he didn't hold it against Rock, Taker, or Lesnar, all of whom he's cool with, but against the internal logic of the company's booking.

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** Even the mere fact of his feud with and wins over Wrestling/CMPunk have caused this, arguably due to Punk's massive popularity. Many fans hated Rock for being the part-timer who dared to end Punk's historic 434-day reign as WWE Champion. Made worse by the fact that this was done just in time for the road to the Wrestling/WrestleMania main event, with as many questioning questioned whether Rock deserved the spot over Punk and others still who had no problem with Rock himself being there having the spot felt that it was wasted on what was widely considered a ForegoneConclusion with Wrestling/JohnCena getting his win back and being solidified as the top dog over both men. On the other hand, others credited the Punk-Rock feud for restoring Punk's credibility as a badass after months of the WWE Champion being booked as an ineffectual chickenshit heel against Wrestling/{{Ryback}} and especially Cena, with Punk going from running away and ducking his challengers at all times to outright calling out and challenging Rock, even getting the better of him once or twice before the Rumble title match, and losing both that match and the next year's rematch under controversial circumstances. Then there was the pattern of Punk losing to [[Wrestling/TheUndertaker major]] [[Wrestling/BrockLesnar part-timers]] that eventually formed from this, which only frustrated fans further in the aftermath. Even Punk himself was not happy about this, though he didn't hold it against Rock, Taker, or Lesnar, all of whom he's cool with, but against the internal logic of the company's booking.
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