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The Rock arrives in Dallas and hypes tonight’s WrestleMania 32

The Rock arrived late Saturday night in Dallas to start preparation for WrestleMania. There’s still no word on what his role will be at the event.

Speaking of The Rock, he posted this on Instagram to hype the event:

If.. IF I throw this epic Kerry Von Erich spinning discus punch at #WrestleMania32 here’s why it means so much to me.

1986 in Hawaii. My grandmother, Lia Maivia was running a big tribute wrestling show in my grandfather’s honor who passed away 4 years earlier. All the biggest stars in wrestling were there paying tribute – Andre the Giant, Antonio Inoki, Dusty Rhodes and one my heroes – Kerry Von Erich.

It was supposed to be an amazing night, until… I got word that Lars Anderson, who was the champion of my grandmother’s promotion decided he was NOT going to lose his title that night to a wrestler named “Bad News” Allen. Let me share context with you guys – Lars Anderson comes from a wrestling family known as the Anderson Brothers (Lars and Gene) – and widely considered the legit toughest and meanest SOB’s in wrestling. Wrestling historians know what I’m talking about.

In my 14yr old punk brain, I didn’t think to keep my nose out of the business, because it’s exactly that – business. All I thought was Lars was being disrespectful to my dead grandfather and he needed to get his ass kicked… and I was the one to do it.

I stormed into the locker room where ALL the wrestlers were getting dressed, went right up to Lars and said “You disrespectful son of a b—h you won’t drop the belt tonight, I’m gonna kick your ass all over..” right at that moment my dad was behind me pulling me away and choking me out (thankfully cause Lars would’ve f*cked me up). Keep in mind I’m 14yrs old.

I was hysterical, crying and scared. My mom came to the back to console me. People were pissed and I was embarrassed of what I did. The ONE guy who came up to me was Kerry Von Erich and tapped me on the chest and said “Hey kid, it’s gonna be alright” and he walked off.

Kerry passed away in 1993, but I’ll never forget that moment when one little gesture from a hero meant so much to that 14yr old punk kid.

So when y’all see me throw that spinning discus punch at #WrestleMania32 you know who it’s for. #KerryVonErich #VonErichFam #PeoplesChamp4L

If.. IF I throw this epic Kerry Von Erich spinning discus punch at #WrestleMania32 here's why it means so much to me. 1986 in Hawaii. My grandmother, Lia Maivia was running a big tribute wrestling show in my grandfather's honor who passed away 4 years earlier. All the biggest stars in wrestling were there paying tribute – Andre the Giant, Antonio Inoki, Dusty Rhodes and one my heroes – Kerry Von Erich. It was supposed to be an amazing night, until… I got word that Lars Anderson, who was the champion of my grandmother's promotion decided he was NOT going to lose his title that night to a wrestler named "Bad News" Allen. Let me share context with you guys – Lars Anderson comes from a wrestling family known as the Anderson Brothers (Lars and Gene) – and widely considered the legit toughest and meanest SOB's in wrestling. Wrestling historians know what I'm talking about. In my 14yr old punk brain, I didn't think to keep my nose out of the business, because it's exactly that – business. All I thought was Lars was being disrespectful to my dead grandfather and he needed to get his ass kicked… and I was the one to do it. I stormed into the locker room where ALL the wrestlers were getting dressed, went right up to Lars and said "You disrespectful son of a bitch you won't drop the belt tonight, I'm gonna kick your ass all over.." right at that moment my dad was behind me pulling me away and choking me out (thankfully cause Lars would've f*cked me up). Keep in mind I'm 14yrs old. I was hysterical, crying and scared. My mom came to the back to console me. People were pissed and I was embarrassed of what I did. The ONE guy who came up to me was Kerry Von Erich and tapped me on the chest and said "Hey kid, it's gonna be alright" and he walked off. Kerry passed away in 1993, but I'll never forget that moment when one little gesture from a hero meant so much to that 14yr old punk kid. So when y'all see me throw that spinning discus punch at #WrestleMania32 you know who it's for. #KerryVonErich #VonErichFam #PeoplesChamp4L

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