One of the most interesting things about The Rock is how the fans have completely controlled his heel/face status over the years. Dwayne Johnson began wrestling for the WWF in 1996 as "Rocky Maivia," the smiling hero who was part of a wrestling dynasty.
Yet, as the Attitude Era was just kicking off, fans booed Rocky. As such, he was quickly turned heel and joined the Nation of Domination. The Rock remained a villain for over a year, eventually winning the WWF Title and joining Vince McMahon's Corporation.
But when many fans began cheering for The Rock in mid-1999, he was transformed back into a babyface—though one of the "Stone Cold" anti-hero variety.
Things started to change once again, however, in the spring of 2002.
At WrestleMania X-8, Toronto fans cheered just as much for the villain, "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan, as they did for The Rock.
One month later The Rock's first feature film, The Scorpion King, was released and The Rock made clear that he intended to become a full-fledged movie star.
The grumblings of fans over this decision became thunderous at SummerSlam 2002, when The Rock was booed and the rookie bad-guy, Brock Lesnar, was cheered.
Then, at the Raw 10th Anniversary show on January 13, 2003, New York City fans loudly chanted "Rocky sucks" as The Rock awkwardly recited his catchphrases via satellite from Hollywood.
Weeks later, The Rock returned to WWE as a heel.
After years of absence, however, many older fans cheered The Rock's return, as he brought some of the old "Attitude" into the PG Era.
While The Rock remains a fan favorite today, he is still disliked by many in the Internet Wrestling Community for having left the industry and "running off to Hollywood," only to then be rewarded with WrestleMania main events and the WWE Title—similar to how he was originally disliked for being pushed as part of a dynasty and not earning his spot like other wrestlers.
And while some of these critiques are founded, the fact is that The Rock is one of the most charismatic, entertaining wrestlers of all time. Though he certainly has been given a ton of breaks by WWE, he still has proven himself.
That, of course, doesn't mean that he should be able to stop proving himself.