It’s official: The Rock will no longer be wrestling
The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson is one of the most famous pro wrestlers in history that is probably only rivaled by Andre “The Giant”, Gorgeous George, Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan for fame. The 47-year-old actor confirmed the news this week, during an appearance on Live With Kelly and Ryan that he has retired from the profession that gave him his fame. Johnson, who was promoting his new film Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, reflected on his days as The Rock and credited the WWE for all his success.
“I miss wrestling, I love wrestling. Yes, I do,” he said. “”
The legendary pro wrestler turned actor continued stating:
I quietly retired from wrestling because I was lucky enough to have just a really wonderful career and accomplish what I wanted to accomplish, but there’s nothing like a live crowd, a live audience, a live microphone as you both know. Plus, I grew up in wrestling. For a lot of you guys that don’t know, my grandfather wrestled, my dad as well, my whole family. And I actually had my very first match ever in the WWE, was in Madison Square Garden and it was a big pay-per-view, and it was funny because I credit my time and my journey in pro wrestling to getting me to where I am at today.
The Rock‘s last major feud included the star passing the torch to John Cena(who is also near retirement) a few years ago at WrestleMania 29. The Rock has been on and off from the wrestling scene since about 2004. He took a more serious approach to his career in Hollywood by accepting gigs in big-budget action films, such as San Andreas, Rampage, and Skyscraper, as well as several installments of The Fast and the Furious franchise.
Earlier this week, Johnson was named 2019’s highest-paid actor by Forbes, racking in a record-breaking $124 million.