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“You’re gonna die and Vince’s name is going to be on your gravestone”: Dwayne Johnson Was Warned by Howard Stern for His Deal With WWE

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is everywhere we see, be it in blockbuster movies, ads, or big Hollywood award shows. The Rock is the world’s highest-paid actor in 2022 according to Forbes.

Dwayne Johnson has over 400 million followers across multiple social media platforms. He packs a massive amount of $1,713,000 per post on Instagram.

Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne Johnson

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Howard Stern’s Warning to The Rock

In a podcast with The Howard Stern Show, Dwayne Johnson was invited over to talk about his movie The Scorpion King, he talks about how Vincent McMahon owned the name “The Rock” and got a percentage of everything that came with the name. Howard Stern pointed out how he was appointed as the Executive Producer of the movie and if he did anything to receive it.

Dwayne Johnson explained that though he did nothing to be the Executive Producer, he came with the name and the brand “The Rock” and added that it was his “title credit”. Howard Stern commented on this,

“In order to put up your name as ‘The Rock’, you have to make Vincent McMahon the Executive Producer of your film. Man this son of a gun’s got every angle tied up. You know what? You’re gonna die and Vincent McMahon’s name is going to be on your gravestone”

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

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Howard Stern later in the podcast picks up the topic of Dwayne Johnson’s contract with Vincent McMahon and states that the contract was so thorough that whatever Johnson did he couldn’t use the name freely and even got a percentage of everything he earned while using the name “The Rock”, as to which Dwayne Johnson replied, at that time he just wanted an opportunity to prove himself and put food on the table.

Dwayne Johnson’s WWE And Hollywood Career

With his incredible size, speed, and agility Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson made his WWF debut in 1996 as Rocky Maivia, a name that tributes his father and grandfather. He made his way up the ladder of WWF competition and in the early 2000s was one of the biggest names in WWF history. He won his first world championship title in 1998, he was the crowd favorite and by the end of his career, he won 10 world championships and was WWE’s 6th Triple Crown champion.

Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam
Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam

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Dwayne Johnson then translated to the Hollywood scenario and his appearance in The Mummy Returns started a new path for him. Johnson later starred in G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) and in four Fast & Furious movies which formed the base of his Hollywood career. Though he was not the first pro wrestler to shift to Hollywood, he was easily the best and most successful.

In 2011, Dwayne Johnson again appeared in the ring sparking a feud with WWE star John Cena and proceeded to have a match against him at WrestleMania in April 2022. His appearance caused a whopping sixty-seven million dollars in global sales, and in 2013 he bagged his eighth professional title. Now The Rock has recently performed in DC’s Black Adam as its main lead character.

Source: The Howard Stern Show

Written by Rajdeep Majumder

Rajdeep Majumder is a maniac for cold coffee besides being an avid CoD enthusiast and a student of Computer Science. On top of a budding investment in music and pop culture, Rajdeep now has an accumulated interest in the world of film and television. As an aspiring content writer, he can now boast of more than 200 published articles on Fandomwire under his byline. Looking ahead, he can envision himself backpacking across Europe within 5 years’ time.