If there was a Mount Rushmore for professional wrestlers, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's face would be engraved on it right along side of men like Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Ric Flair.
He is, undoubtedly, one of the biggest and most successful stars in the history of professional wrestling, bar none. He put his legacy at the heights of the greatest ever, and did it in a fraction of the time.
It may seem strange given his status in the world of pro-wrestling, but the Rock was only a full-time active competitor in the WWF for seven years, from 1996 to 2003.
In that short amount of time, the Rock managed to become a nine-time WWF and World Champion, a two-time Intercontinental Champion, a five-time Tag Team Champion and The 2000 Royal Rumble winner.
This was done during a time when the WWE possibly had it's deepest and most talented roster in history, including megastars like The Undertaker, Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, Brock Lesnar, Mick Foley, Triple H and Chris Jericho. A roster so deep that an eventual eleven-time World Champion like Adam Copeland (Edge) couldn't even get a shot at the WWF title.
The Rock didn't just win championships, he put on absolute classics in the ring with his ability to work a match and his feuds with rivals like Triple H and Stone Cold Steve Austin sit at the top of not only fans, but fellow superstars lists as some of the best ever.
But it wasn't what Rock did in the ring that made him one of the finest wrestlers on the planet, it's what he did on the microphone.
The Rock routinely held crowds in the palm of his hand, either as a face or a heel. His many catchphrases are still utilized in the general public's lexicon to this day, from: "If you smell what the Rock is cookin'." and "Candy a**" to "Check yourself directly into the Smackdown Hotel" (Which is where "Smackdown" gets its name from) and "Finally, The Rock has Come back to (Enter City here)."
The Rock made even raising his eyebrow a phenomenon. The Rock made dropping a simple elbow an electrifying event.
He is consistently ranked at the top of "Most Charismatic" and "Best Mic Worker" lists all around the wrestling world. He is the co-owner of the highest ever rated segment of WWE Raw in history, along with Mick Foley, an 8.4 with the iconic "Rocky, This Is Your Life!" angle. He is the man who Hulk Hogan himself deemed worthy to pass his torch to at Wrestlemania X8 in one of the biggest matches in WWF history.
But, even with all of this, The Rock has achieved something that no other wrestler has. Not even the most legendary icon of them all, Hulk Hogan.
The Rock has become an enduring, leading man in Hollywood whose films have grossed billions of dollars. Most recently he starred in "Fast Five" alongside Vin Diesel, which grossed just shy of $610,000,000.
He's currently slated to star in the next G.I. Joe film, and just his face being on the poster for this upcoming Survivor Series caused the event to sell out in just 90 minutes. The Rock hasn't even wrestled a full match in nearly eight years and just beat out the WWE's top star John Cena for the special "People's Edition" of the WWE's next video game "WWE '12".
Not to mention he regularly destroys John Cena in popularity whenever he arrives on WWE programming. The WWE has booked him a year in advance for the next Wrestlemania, just because he is that powerful of a draw.
Truly, The Rock is in a class all his own and is, hands down, the greatest African-American and Samoan-American wrestler of all time. Which is another list all unto itself.
The Rock. Simply one of the greatest wrestlers to ever step into a ring, anywhere, anytime, in any era.