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WATCH: The Rock explains why he retired from WWE in 2004

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson did a Q&A session on his official Instagram where he spoke about his decision to retire from pro wrestling in 2004 after working a Handicap Match at WrestleMania 20 as well as his final match against John Cena at WrestleMania 29 in 2014.

The reason he walked away in 2004 came down to two things, which was that his contract with WWE had expired and the other was due to him delivering on his agreement with Vince McMahon.

He recalled how he started his career at age 25 and ended it at age 32. He was a full-time wrestler for seven years and with that number being so important to him, he wanted to retire while on top of WWE and to pursue his passion for acting.

The number seven is also the name of his production company, Seven Bucks Productions, due to him only having $7 in his pocket when he made the transition from being a football player to a pro wrestler.

The Rock ended the video by noting how he’ll never say never about doing another match. The former WWE Champion has expressed some interest in doing a match against Roman Reigns under the right circumstances. For more on that, click here.

The Rock summed up his video in the caption of the post that read like the following:

“Retiring from the @wwe when I was 32yrs old was the biggest risk of my life. The risk was two-fold/I retired on top as pro wrestling’s #1 draw. And coming from the world of wrestling, the odds were stacked against me of having a Hollywood career that had any kind of long term, substantial global influence and value.

After a bewildering 7 year career as a wrestler, I kept my hand shake bond – finished out my contractual obligations and quietly retired. But I knew in heart and in my gut what my WHY was. Once we identify OUR WHY, then our actions have powerful purpose. Almost 10yrs later in 2012, I returned to the industry that’s in my blood. I returned to the @wwe to give back. To bring value and impact the bottom line. Proud to say when I returned we, as a team – set all time box office and PPV records that will never be broken.

And in 2014, I wrestled my very last match at WrestleMania in New York at a sold out Met Life Stadium. My wrestling career ended the only way I was willing — flat on my back, getting beat 1, 2, 3, looking up at the stars and being grateful for my blessings. I went out the right way. The respectful way. I retired from wrestling in 2013. Grateful to the bone. And on my shield.”

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The risk was two fold/ I retired on top as pro wrestling’s #1 draw. And coming from the world of wrestling, the odds were stacked against me of having a Hollywood career that had any kind of long term, substantial global influence and value. After a bewildering 7 year career as a wrestler, I kept my hand shake bond – finished out my contractual obligations and quietly retired. But I knew in heart and in my gut what my WHY was. Once we identify OUR WHY, then our actions have powerful purpose. Almost 10yrs later in 2012, I returned to the industry that’s in my blood. I returned to the @wwe to give back. To bring value and impact the bottom line. Proud to say when I returned we, as a team – set all time box office and PPV records that will never be broken. And in 2014, I wrestled my very last match at WrestleMania in New York at a sold out Met Life Stadium. My wrestling career ended the only way I was willing — flat on my back, getting beat 1, 2, 3, looking up at the stars and being grateful for my blessings. I went out the right way. The respectful way. I retired from wrestling in 2013. Grateful to the bone. And on my shield🛡

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