While Dewayne Johnson pummeled offensive linemen at the University of Miami, I'm sure the only thing he anticipated was a national championship with the lauded Hurricanes, and potentially a modest NFL career. Living life on the road as his father did 350 days a year was probably the furthest thing from his mind; nor was it a fleeting thought that he would someday be mentioned in the same breath as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Hulk Hogan.
Even further from that, would he imagine that he would one day be faced with the fortunate dilemma of being a world renowned superstar in one, the other, or both?
The cool thing about media these days is that anything you really want to know about someone is on the web, and everything else is on TV. For celebrities it's a curse and a blessing. Pretty much anything you learn about an individual is absorbed from the media, which leaves a question: What does the world really know about Dewayne "The Rock" Johnson?
Is he a wrestler? Well, I think anyone that hasn't lived under a rock (no pun intended) would know who The Rock is even from seeing him in few movies and asking themselves "Isn't that the...wrestler?"
For someone who never had any aspirations to follow in his father's footsteps, he seems not to have had much trouble lacing up his boots. There are few like him in the business today, except maybe Hulk Hogan, who have enjoyed a dual success in both arenas as he has, which leads to the next question.
Is he a movie star/action hero? The fact that there are action figures depicting him in two different professions already answers that. As crappy as the animation was in The Mummy Returns he still managed to squeeze in his trademark eyebrow glare. That cameo was so popular, in fact, it inspired producers to write a $5.5 million check for his real motion picture debut. Not too bad for your first solo movie, huh?
If you stack the two careers side by side, their really isn't a comparison as to where future challenges remain. Johnson has already amassed 16 world titles under McMahon's banner. To show up now and portray himself as a returning soldier to help lead WWE troops might be a little out of expectations.
As bad of a rap that guys like Cena, Orton, and CM Punk get, they are the superstars that are there week-in and week-out. Should The Rock show up now to steel away a bit of his old-dormant People's Champion juice?
The speculation will simply go on that Rock was answering Cena's stinging comments regarding his love and loyalty to the business and fans. Are we all mature enough to think that McMahon picked up the phone and said, "Rock, you wanna come back for a cool couple of mil to take part in Wrestlemania, the biggest wrestling arena in the world, where you already have a fanbase bigger than any other wrestler?"
And maybe, "We'll work around your schedule...(wait for it—McMahon guilt-trip) so how you enjoying that lucrative career I jump-started for you Dwayne?" And The Rock says, "Sure Vince, yeah, thanks I am enjoying not getting my spine compressed and mangled 350 days a year, you can count on me, remember that's six zeros."
Or do we go on believing that a grown man who pulls in close to $23 million a year NOT being physically punished will come back for a weekly run in the WWE roster/rotation?
To be honest, nobody but Dwayne Johnson knows what part he will continue to play in the WWE but, as far as the film industry goes, I'm still trying to wrap my head around why he turned down the role of Conan, the title character that made Arnold's career.
As I said, only he knows, and the rumors are flying around that he is being cast-called almost on a daily basis for action movie-type characters. Is it any wonder that we have only seen him mimicked (and quite well, I might add) by Miz and not witnessed him sauntering down the ramp to answer Cena's rap each RAW?
I believe it's fair to assume that, after Wrestlemania we may see him no more than half a dozen times over the next seven years, and I think that is being liberal.
Don't let me judge this alone. You guys have plenty of theories and ideas, so let's hear em'.