Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is scheduled to appear on this Sunday’s episode of Oprah’s Master Class on the OWN Network. In this video (see down below), The Rock talked about his early WWE career and the reason he transitioned out of his the Rocky Maivia gimmick into his character that the fans know now.
"I had great angst every night I went out, because I wasn't able to be myself," Rock explained. He brought up about how during his first WrestleMania, the entire crowd chanted "Rocky sucks. Two weeks later, he tore his knee and was on the shelf.
"I came to the realization that it wasn't me personally that they didn't like. I wasn't being real, authentic. Who's this guy in wrestling smiling while he's getting beat?," Rock said. "I got a call from WWE and it was Vince McMahon, who said 'When you come back, we could continue to shove you down people's throats, or we could turn you heel, because they want to boo you anyway.'" Rock said that he agreed to the turn, but just wanted so say his piece to the crowd after."
"In that moment, The Rock was born. About a month later, I was the hottest heel in the company and things were on fire."
Check out the clip here: