According to Chris Jericho, Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock could win the presidential election in 2020. As Jericho says, The Rock has one of the most recognizable faces on the world, and that might be enough.
When asked about Dwayne’s prospects of becoming the next president of America, Jericho said, in an interview with Business Insider that he feels like his ex WWE colleague has what it takes to win it.
“Everything the guy does turn to gold, ’cause he’s got the work ethic to make it happen,” explained Jericho. “Why wouldn’t he want to try politics? I think The Rock, if you look at how he’s built his career, much like Arnold Schwarzenegger when he became the Governor of California. When you work to a certain level, how much bigger can you get? How much more can you do?”
Jericho says that the fact that Donald Trump became president set new standards of who can be the President. They have a thing in common, they both come from the show business, and as Trump managed to use his celebrity status to his advantage, so could The Rock.
“We’ve entered an era now having [Donald] Trump in the office, whether you agree or don’t agree, he got in because of his celebrity. That’s exactly why. He knew how to play a camera. He knew how to deliver lines. He knew how to be charismatic enough to get people on his side, and that’s what politics is. You know, even [Barack] Obama. As long as you have some money behind you and can deliver lines charismatically, I think Rocky has a chance to really get in there and take over if he wants to do it,” he said.
But to Jericho, fame should not result in presidential merit and Trump becoming president may mean we are in for a strange part of history.
“We’ve seen that a celebrity can basically come in and make it just on their name and charisma alone, which is kinda scary to me,” said Jericho. “The Rock is great. He’s one of my favorite rivals. One of the best guys I’ve been in the ring with for chemistry. When he was in the business and the top guy on the microphone, I don’t think too many people could touch him, but I could. I’ll be the Vice President! I am gonna be the first undisputed “Prime President” of North America. I’m gonna be the Prime Minister of Canada and the President of America at the same time. And it’s called the “Prime President.” Prime President Jericho. That sounds good.”
Back in 2017, Dwayne’s name was mentioned a lot as a possible candidate for the 2020 election. Things got even more serious when he said, during an interview with Ellen that he really was thinking about trying it out. Anyhow, in 2018 he shut down these claims.
“Unfortunately I don’t see it happening in 2020,” he said. “It’s a position that requires years of hard work and experience to learn the skills. There’s a lot of ground to cover, and due to my schedule, it’s not possible in 2020,” The Rock told Vanity Fair.