History YMMV / DwayneJohnson

17th Nov '17 12:11:44 PM AM_NK
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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.
** From his 2011 return until he put over Wrestling/JohnCena in 2013, there was also the matter of the IWC consistently putting low expectations on his measure of commitment, him exceeding these expectations, them putting another benchmark to test him, and him exceeding those.
*** First he was only gonna show up to host [=WrestleMania=] XXVII but that would be it, and he certainly would never wrestle again. Then the night after he came back and accepted Cena's challenge to a fight and scheduled it a year in advance for [=WrestleMania XXVIII=].
*** Then it was said he'd be done after that--which didn't help the mood with some of his detractors after he beat Cena. Then the night after that one he announced his intent to go after the WWE Championship.
*** 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 would only stop when either most wrestling fans actually expected him to return full time or when his eventual retirement match and/or Hall of Fame induction was finally 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.
*** Also, those first two years back had consistently seen him appear easily more than Wrestling/TheUndertaker and, were it not for Wrestling/TripleH's involvement in the Punk and Laurinaitis storylines in summer-to-fall 2011, about as much as the Game as well. Sure, it's understood why they're not full time wrestlers anymore, what with HHH being on the new boss path and Undertaker's body being broken down. However, Rock's movie career is just as valid a cause for inactivity--something his HateDumb refuses to accept because to them his movie career is exactly the problem.
** There were also numerous opportunities to trash the business in his time away, most notably during the Wrestling/ChrisBenoit murder-suicide scandal where the media dragged pro wrestling through the mud. However when he was interviewed about it during that time he gave his take on what needed to be done without throwing WWE under the bus and in fact gave them credit for the Wellness initiative. He also incorporated his wrestling style into his fight scenes in at least one of his early movies, he's had wrestling rings to work in near the sets of his latest movies as well as trained with WWE wrestlers [[Wrestling/CurtisAxel Michael McGillicutty]] and Curt Hawkins in his free time so as to make sure he'd be in match shape, and he's even taken the time to watch Wrestling/{{TNA}} enough to be impressed with Wrestling/BobbyRoode to the point of tweeting him some props during his World Championship heel run. His ambitions may not be tied down to wrestling anymore (and it's debatable that they ever truly were), but he does still love the business as much as ever.
** Let's put it in perspective, though. He's getting a considerably heavier paycheck for his series of appearances than the regular talent. That being said, his pay for any one of his movies does utterly dwarf his total pay for any of his return periods, making WWE money basically chump change to him. So he's not doing it for free, but nor is that the name of the quote or even a requirement for it.
** Bonus points now for largely rectifying the issue of Wrestling/CMPunk's BadassDecay before taking the title from him. Although, his victory over Punk has produced a BrokenBase all its own (see above for that one).



* {{Irony}}: His most recent look (BaldOfAwesome with a [[BadassBeard Badass Goatee]]) actually favors Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin somewhat.
* MemeticMutation: Any and all of his {{Catch Phrase}}s. This has reached a point where he can create memes by edict: whatever he says will be a meme will wind up as a meme. Look no further than the word "cookiepuss" in his appearance during the January 7, 2013 ''RAW'' episode.

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* {{Irony}}: His most recent look (BaldOfAwesome with a [[BadassBeard Badass Goatee]]) actually favors Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin somewhat.
* MemeticMutation: Any and all of his {{Catch Phrase}}s.[[CatchPhrase/DwayneJohnson catch-phrases]]. This has reached a point where he can create memes by edict: whatever he says will be a meme will wind up as a meme. Look no further than the word "cookiepuss" in his appearance during the January 7, 2013 ''RAW'' episode.
25th Jun '17 5:19:52 PM brc2000
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* AwesomeEgo: As The Rock; it's what got him XPacHeat in his first {{heel}} run, until it got him over, and has been one of his defining character traits ever since. Even when Johnson is designated as a heel, the fans love it and cheer him for it, and he's one of (if not the) best examples in all wrestling.

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* AwesomeEgo: As The Rock; it's what got him XPacHeat in his first {{heel}} run, until it got him over, and has It's been one of his defining character traits as The Rock ever since.since his first {{heel}} turn, and thanks to his considerable microphone skills and creativity when it comes to trash talking, it managed to get him past his initial XPacHeat, and turned him into one of the most popular wrestlers in the business. Even when Johnson is designated as a heel, the fans love it and cheer him for it, and he's one of (if not the) best examples in all wrestling.



* 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.

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* GrowingTheBeard: He's always been regarded as a "pretty good" at worst when it came to wrestling wrestling, but his "Flex Kavana" 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, His initial WWF run as the squeaky-clean babyface "Rocky Maivia" didn't fare much better, with fans quickly growing tired of the gimmick, eventually leading to him being booed by those who felt he didn't deserve his push. Things got better for him once he made a FaceHeelTurn and he knew it the moment it was suggested, repeatedly shooting it down until he got joined Wrestling/TheNationOfDomination. He added more edge and personality to the WWF main roster character, was allowed to show off his mic skills, and no longer had a choice. All started going by "The Rock," gradually transforming into the boos he got proved him correct, but then things got better.character who would become one of the biggest names in the history of professional wrestling.
7th Jun '17 8:44:08 AM thecarolinabull01
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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: At the start, many expected his acting career to fizzle out. A wrestler becoming a successful actor was unheard of, and predicted to be a schlock fest like the {{Narm}} films of Wrestling/HulkHogan. More than a decade later, he's still a successful box office draw.

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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: At the start, many expected his acting career to fizzle out. A wrestler becoming a successful actor was unheard of, and predicted to be a schlock fest like the {{Narm}} films of Wrestling/HulkHogan. More than a decade later, he's still a successful box office draw.draw, and even then it took him several years to achieve this.
9th Mar '17 4:44:27 PM TroperBeDoper
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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: At the start, many expected his acting career to fizzle out. A wrestler becoming a successful actor was unheard of, and predicted to be a schlock fest like the {{Narm}} films of Wrestling/HulkHogan. More than a decade later, he's still a successful box office draw.
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.
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