The Rock leaves crowd in Shock

Posted by Andy Durham on March 31, 2008 at 7:29 pm under Professional | 3 Comments to Read

It’s tough to turn back the clock, but “The Rock” found time to mock Chris Jericho’s haircut and to knock John Cena’s acting and the crowd at the WWE Hall of Fame banquet found Rocky to be a bit cocky and the Rock sent the gathering into a state of Shock and had WWE officials wishing they could apply the hammerlock to the Rock and never invite Mr. Johnson to their party again.

“The Rock”, another former jock, that needs to be shoved off of the dock and into the deep blue sea. Or as some readers might concur:an out of work jerk, in search of a perk, who went berserk. SHOCKING

Here’s the insides from Wade Keller at pwtorch.com:

Duane Johnson, known in WWE of course as “The Rock,” did not leave a positive impression on wrestlers at the Hall of Fame banquet on Saturday night.

Multiple sources report he did not hob-nob with old friends before or after the Hall of Fame speech. He showed up in time for the speech, delivered an overly-long speech that offended many in WWE, and then left.

He came across as “aloof” and “totally Hollywood,” as if he were “above WWE now,” including all of his colleagues. This surprisingly included one-time good pal Steve Austin, who was said to be openly displeased and taken aback by Johnson’s demeanor.

“This wasn’t a roast,” says one wrestler in attendance. “This was supposed to be a tribute to his dad and grandfather. Instead, he did an hour plus of comedy, running way long, then did a short tribute to his dad and grandfather, then left. It was rude of him.”

The ceremony ran way over the planned length in great part due to Rock’s speech. Ric Flair also ran long, but everyone was more forgiving of that since it was his night.

Afterward, everyone backstage shared in their disappointment and disgust with how he acted. The feeling was, even if he has heat with some higher-ups in WWE for some reason, he had no reason to treat old friends like discards from a past life.

Several people expressed in front of the Hall of Fame crowd derision toward him afterward, including mocking how particular he was about being called Duane Johnson, not The Rock. Dusty Rhodes took a dig at him that did make it to the USA Network telecast.

The Rock did not attend WrestleMania, either.


  • Doug Cockman said,

    I was reading the Baltimore Sun’s blog about this event and the writer had a somewhat different take on the evening’s events. According to this writer, it was the crowd who really displayed poor behavior. Kevin Eck went as far as calling many of those in attendance riff-raff. After reading some other takes, it seems that many (who were watching) thought that the Rock was “kidding around” or just playing his old routine. It is interesting that folks behind the scenes (the wrestlers) were really upset or offended.

  • andy said,

    actually i sort of agree and disagree , we made the rock who he was in the wwe , without us “the millions ” hed be nothing , and im sort of dissapointed that his hall of fame speech was well to overdone , no he didn’t talk about his dad and grandad , but like he said they were the cornerstones of his carrer , but at one point we were i found that really offensive to all us rock fans , theres always one question i here every day from friends or family , will the rock ever return to wwe . well my answer is yes unlees you didn’t hear about him coming back to wrestlemania 25 to face john cena supposedly ” the champ ” but to me the rock is always gonna be my champion. He said he done everything in his wwe carrer but i don’t think so he still needs to a little bit more work , i also think the wwe is nothing without him or stone cold they made the wwe what it is today the most electrifying sports and entertainment buiseness in the whole entire world. If anyone would like to reply to that please contact me on rud3bwoii2k8@hotmail.co.uk or just leave a respnse on here and ill get back to you asap .

  • steven debarros said,

    i’m sorry to say but your aspect on things couldn’t be more wrong. you must be a wwe basher because everyone loved the rock’s “speech”…sorry to tell you but you should get a new profession because writing reviews is not your thing