“These jabronis cut The Rock, and the People’s Blood is flowing from the People’s Champ, and he’s tasting the People’s Blood! But like the heroic figure that he is, The Rock endures it all and walks out of the ring the same way he walked in: as the one true champion…”
- The Rock, WWF Breakdown, 09/27/1998
Over the course of the several years that has seen his career sprawl across the worlds of professional sports, sports-entertainment and celebrity legitimacy, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has earned an abundance of aliases.
Miami Hurricane. Rocky Maivia. The Most Electrifying Man in Sports-Entertainment. To some, he is even known as The Tooth Fairy.
One moniker, however, has developed into a recurrent theme in his career and has ostensibly followed him through every step of his lifework: champion.
In professional football, The Rock is a former NCAA National Champion. In the world of the silver screen, he owns a glowing reputation as the “franchise saver” and, as reported by Forbes, is sitting comfortably in the top 10 bracket for most profitable Hollywood actors.
Notably, in the domain of professional wrestling, The Rock has perhaps raked up the most success of his career. Over his 15+ year on/off relationship with WWE, Johnson has carved out a distinguished résumé that lists a number of prestigious accolades including WWF/E Champion (x7), WCW/World Champion (x2), Intercontinental Champion (x2) and Tag Team Champion (x5). More often than not, The Rock was referred to as “the champion”.
And, of course, The Rock is currently in the midst of his 8th reign as WWE Champion.
With the dust now settling on the new championship belt’s unveiling (via WWE.com) and the focus shifting towards his upcoming title clash with John Cena at WrestleMania 29, it is more relevant than ever to take a closer glance at The Rock’s previous championship matches in WWE and reflect upon the impact of the Great One on the titles that the professional wrestling world holds in such high regard.
And so, this article ranks The Rock’s 10 greatest championship matches to date, from his early days as the squeaky-clean Intercontinental babyface to the People’s Champion that is sitting at the top of the WWE mountain today.