Former WWE wrestler and Hollywood’s highest-paid actor, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has revealed a true story about his first fight and how he supplied his wrestling suit for his first fight for WWE on Instagram.
25 years ago today, Dwayne Johnson had his first professional wrestling match in 1996 in front of 15K people in Corpus Christi, Texas. His first match came at Survivor Series, on November 17, in an eight-man elimination tag match; he was the sole survivor and eliminated the final two members of the opposing team, Crush and Goldust.
On Thursday, the actor shared a throwback photo of himself from his debut on Instagram and told his rare story. Saying that he had never fought in a real match before and that he fought in front of people for the first time, Johnson said that at that time he was very broke and only bought a pair of socks and knee pads.
Johnson also supplied his short from his King Haku, who was pictured with Andre the Giant in the second photo, and borrowed a pair of his father, Rocky Johnson, old wrestling boots that his tag team partner.
Here’s what The Rock captioned:
“SCROLL LEFT and I’ll give you some context to some very cool history. 25 years again TODAY, I had my first ever pro wrestling match in 1996 in front of 15,000 people in Corpus Christi, Texas for @WWE.
Not only had I never wrestled an actual real match before, but I had NEVER wrestled in front of people.
And I was so broke, the only thing I could afford to buy was a pair of white volleyball knee pads. I called my uncle, ‘King Haku’ (pictured with Andre the Giant) and asked if I could borrow a pair of his wrestling trunks (he loved purple) and I borrowed a pair of my dads old wrestling boots that his tag team partner, George Wells used to wear (pictured in the ring).”
Saying that he was never nervous and even eerily calm before the game, Johnson revealed that he was constantly giving himself advice. He even said that a fan swore at him while he was stepping out to the ring.
He also showed his respect for the Brooklyn Brawler who he fought. He said that the reason he won in that first fight was because Brawler let him win his first match.
Dwayne Johnson continued:
“I remember before the match not being nervous at all – I could feel my adrenaline pump hard, but I was eerily calm.
Told myself over and over, just go out there and be sharp and confident with your moves and block out the noise.
That was a good strategy because the very first thing I heard when I walked thru the curtain as my name was announced to the arena, ‘Dwaaaaaayne Johnsoooon’ was
‘YOU FUCKING SUCK’ from a drunk fan. True story.
Man I look at this picture in complete awe and gratitude for the wild, unpredictable journey and at times – the tough roads this hard working, fanny pack wearing kid would go down.
And for the record, the man I’m wrestling is the legendary Brooklyn Brawler. He was gracious enough to let me win my first ever match.
Which is why it was important to me to lost my very last match.
May sound strange, but that’s how you give back to the wrestling business when you leave it.
And you move on down the road.”
See the Instagram post below.