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Dwane Johnson – The Rock’s 7 Most Electrifying Moments

Like millions of other fans, I grew up on wrestling. But when the WWE ushered in it’s so-called “Attitude Era” I knew that it wasn’t my dad’s WWE. The sex, violence, and well, attitude had me hooked. Eventually I grew apart from wrestling. Maybe there was a whole generation of fans that did the same. How else can you explain Vince McMahon making a deal with a toy company that turned the WWE into a PG friendly company? However that all changed on the February 14, 2011 episode of Raw.

Well over a year ago, McMahon made a surprise visit to his flagship program. He opened the show by promising that the guest host of WrestleMania 27 would be announced the following week. Rumors began to swirl in the WWE universe. I didn’t speculate. I didn’t care. I figured it would be some lame celebrity with no purpose there except to plug an upcoming project. After milking it for almost two hours the announcement for the guest host finally came.

The lights dimmed. Electricity filled the air. Then the music. The arena erupted as the Rock’s theme blasted through the concrete walls. This was something I could get behind. After seven years the Rock, aka Dwayne Johnson, returned to the WWE to lay the smack down on pretty much everyone’s candy asses. During his twenty minute speech it reminded me how much I missed sports entertainment. It reminded me how awesome The Rock truly was.

Instead of limiting his role to just making an appearance, The Rock began to pick a fight with the company’s current face. John Cena.

After the unprecedented move of announcing Wrestlemania’s main event a full year in advance, The Rock and Cena finally collided at Wrestlemania 28 in Miami. So, in honor of The Rock’s once in a lifetime victory, here are his seven most electrifying WWE moments.

7. Interview With Lillian Garcia

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Following The Rock winning the WCW Championship he gave perhaps one of the greatest interviews ever. Sure, there are countless other verbal smack-downs during his career, but this one takes the strudel.

6. Rocky Maivia Becomes The Rock

When Dwayne Johnson entered the WWE in 1996 he was billed as Rocky Maivia, a clean-cut face character. The fans didn’t buy into it. After he lost the Intercontinental Championship to Owen Hart in April of 1997, and recovered from an injury, he returned as a heel by joining the Nation of Domination. This marked the beginning of The Rock that we would come to love.

5. Royal Rumble Controversy

During the 2000 edition of the annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view event The Rock took out The Big Show. It turns out that when The Big Show threw The Rock out his feet touched the ground. No one noticed and The Rock came back in the ring to win. This set up a feud between the two which resulted in a number one contender’s match. Needless to say it brought out some of The Rock’s greatest insults.

4. This Is Your Life Segment

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Comic gold came out of the team of Mankind and The Rock, which is better known as The Rock N’ Sock Connection. The highlight of their partnership came on September 27, 1999 when Mankind gave The Rock a present in the form of “This Is Your Life”. The segment became the most viewed piece in Raw’s history.

3. Backlash 2000 Victory

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PVka6TREsU

After months of being mishandled by McMahon, The Rock got vengeance by defeating Triple H at the Backlash pay-per-view in 2000. This marked his fourth time as champion, but it’s most remembered for Steve Austin’s assistance.

2. The Stare-down

In early 2002 The Rock and Hollywood Hogan began a feud that ended with The Rock beating Hogan at WrestleMania 18. But winning the Icon vs. Icon match is only a piece of this feud. Many of us remember the famous stare-down between the legends.

1. Defeating Stone Cold Steve Austin at WresltMania 19

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This was Austin’s last major match in the WWE, which is probably why many of us remember it. As for The Rock, it was the first time that he defeated Austin, which was a monumental personal achievement in his WWE career, hence why it’s at the top spot.

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