Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Christian shared an interesting story on the latest episode of the E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness, which he co-hosts alongside WWE Hall of Famer Edge. If WWE went through with their plans then fans would have been treated to a very amusing storyline. He revealed that he was pitched a gimmick in 2003 where he’d become a knockoff of The Rock. The name of his character would have been called “The Lock.”
“The Rock had been going off doing movies and stuff like that, so he was taking extended periods of time off. I had a one-on-one meeting backstage with the Rock and he kind of anointed me his favorite wrestler and was trying to pump me up, but unbeknownst to me, he was trying to get me to take a bullet for him with Goldberg. That was the backstory. So when he wasn’t there I was doing my talking as “The Rock’s Favorite Wrestler” and I took upon myself to do the Rock’s work for him. So, one day I get home, and I get this call [from someone in WWE creative]. They’re like ‘Hey, they kinda want you to do this thing where you think you become The Rock. We want you to do the eyebrow thing, cut your hair real short, and, you know, the Rock wears black, so you’ll wear white and you’re gonna use all his catchphrases and you’re gonna act like The Rock and pretend you’re The Rock and you’re gonna be The Rock. But we’re not gonna call you The Rock.’ They were gonna call me, are you ready or this, wait for it … wait for it … ‘The Lock’. Because anytime I went to the ring, it was a lock I was going to win.”
For those who are wondering what backstage promo he was talking about, you can watch it here:
Christian was not a fan of the proposed character as he said that he was stressed out about it because he felt that you can never get as good as the original character. A few days later, a WWE official called him and told him that Vince McMahon agreed with him.
“Hey, just wanna give you a quick call. Good news. I guess Vince heard the idea and said, ‘That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. We’re not doing that.'”
You can listen to the podcast here.
[h/t to Sports Illustrated for the transcription]