Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson recently appeared on One Glass With Glazier. During the interview The Rock would discuss his early time in WWE, then WWF. Johnson would discuss how he initially started in the company as a blue-chip babyface character, and how the crowd turned on him very quickly as the Attitude Era began to take shape.
Rock would also discuss how he asked Vince McMahon for just “two minutes” with a microphone on live TV so that he could try to catapult his character and career.
“Vince McMahon said, ‘OK, you got two minutes.’ I said, ‘Alright.’ I grabbed the microphone on live TV, which that’s a lot, man, because at that time there was just two hours of RAW live, that’s it. Pass me the ball, that was it. Just give me one shot.”
The Rock would also say that his promo worked because he knew that the crowd would feel it, as it was fundamentally ‘real.’
“[…] I said, ‘I may be a lot of things, but sucks isn’t one of them.’ And I said, ‘Me joining The Nation is not a black thing, it’s not a white thing, it’s a respect thing, and I’m gonna earn it every night by kicking that ass.’ You know, and I start talking a little s–t, but it was in that moment, that you could feel the crowd of 15,000 or 20,000 people go, ‘That’s real. What he just said, he just spoke from the heart.’”
Credit to SEScoops for the transcription
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