“I no longer am a wrestler”: $800M Rich Dwayne Johnson Renounced WWE Heritage Because Acting Pays More

"I no longer am a wrestler": $800M Rich Dwayne Johnson Renounced WWE Heritage Because Acting Pays More

Dwayne Johnson is widely recognized for his wrestling career, even after being on hiatus due to his acting journey. It is well known that ‘The Rock’ persona has already made him a pop culture icon but his transition to acting made it more strong. Despite the actor gaining international recognition with WWE heritage, he once opened up about not wanting to be called by his WWE stage name.

Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne Johnson

Also Read: Inspired By Dwayne Johnson, Fitness God Mark Wahlberg Won’t Give Up on Ultra-Premium Tequila Brand Flecha Azul: “Definitely the healthiest”

The actor-wrestler back in 2006 opened up about not wanting to be called The Rock. The reason was nothing but his acting portfolio! Here are the details.

Fandomwire Video

Dwayne Johnson Doesn’t Like to be Called The Rock!

Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in Fast Five (2011).
Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in Fast Five (2011).

Also Read: 6 ft 4 in Giant Dwayne Johnson Reveals Secret Workout That Gave Him Shoulders of a Greek Titan: “Burn baby burn”

The 51-year-old actor, Dwayne Johnson in a 2006 interview with Entertainment Magazine via MTV opened up about not wanting to be called by his WWE name, The Rock.

He told the magazine, “I no longer am a wrestler.”

He continued,

I am now pursuing a future as an actor and someday as a director,” he said. “I am not The Rock. I am Dwayne Johnson.”

The actor wanted his fans to distinguish both his career and acknowledge his ability as an actor. Given that he was already a big shot in the WWE industry, transitioning into acting would not have been easy. To make people acknowledge him as an actor, he wanted to be called by his original name. However, to think that he would renounce his WWE heritage was much of a shock for everyone. But the actor made sure to leave no questions behind his actions.

Dwayne Johnson’s Thoughts on Rejecting His WWE Stage Name

Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne Johnson

Also Read: “It’s a delicate situation”: Fast X Star Ludacris Refused Taking Dwayne Johnson’s Side During Vin Diesel Feud Despite The Rock Publicly Praising His Netflix Series ‘Karma’s World’

The Black Adam star during a promotional interview for his film, Jumanji: The Next Level addressed why he felt to differentiate two of his successful career.

He told Digital Spy to have longevity in the entertainment industry which was why he needed it to be by his name.

“When I finally realised that I wanted to have a real career in Hollywood and hopefully – fingers crossed – have an opportunity to have real longevity, I did feel that I wanted to be known as my name, Dwayne Johnson, and I also felt that it was just going to take time.”

He further clarified his intention behind being called by his name rather than his WWE heritage as it made his transition smooth.

“So I felt like I was not in a rush and I knew that it was going to take time and I didn’t want the transition to be disruptive in any way and come out and say for example, make a statement and say from this day forward, I will be known as Dwayne Johnson only, you can’t refer to me as The Rock, I never wanted to do that.”

While he continues to explore acting opportunities to be what he wanted, he still feels “proud” of his successful wrestling career. He just wanted to make sure that he made his careers separate from each other which means he won’t be bothered by any of it now.

Source: MTV, Digital Spy

Written by Priya Sharma

Priya Sharma is an entertainment niche content writer at FandomWire. A Journalism and Mass Communication graduate from the University of Lucknow, she has written over 1000 articles on Animated Times and Fandomwire combined and holds experience in event management too. She has a healthy(?) obsession with the Hallyu culture and is also exploring anime as well. When not working, she indulges herself in binge-watching K-dramas, playing Ukulele, and trying to seek the attention of her cute buddy, Shiro.