Dwayne Johnson was looking back on the 17th anniversary WrestleMania 18 match. His dream match was with Hulk Hogan, whom he won and became WWE hero. According to the Rock, the three people who are the greatest ever WWE legends are Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, and Stone Cold Steve Austin. He also believes that these three professional wrestlers have paved the way for him.
He said that he was able to become a WWE hero only because of The Immortal One, the WWE Hall of Famers Flair and Austin. They are the ones who saw that there is something special in Dwayne and gave him a chance. He believes that that dream match would have never been possible if it wasn’t for those three legends.
The Rock was a 10-time world champion and went on to become one of the biggest and highest paid celebrities in Hollywood. While he was reminiscing about that event, which happened 17 years ago, he shared a post on Instagram, which he captioned by saying:
‘Torch passed. Grateful. This past weekend @WWE celebrated the 17th anniversary of what was billed as “ICON vs ICON” to determine who would go down in @WWE history as THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME. It was yours truly, VS The Immortal Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania. What made this match so special was that there was no Heavyweight Championship on the line. Just two men. Just two careers.
And 85,000+ of the most insane ELECTRIC crowd I have ever had the privilege to perform in front of. It was almost as if every single person that night in the Toronto SkyDome made up their mind that they would give every ounce of energy they had because they knew this match was only going to be seen once in a lifetime. My friend and childhood hero, Hulk Hogan passed the torch to me on this historic night which decreed me becoming “THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME”, but the truth is – to be – the GOAT are the three men below who paved the way for me and so many others in pro wrestling. @hulkhogan, @ricflairnatureboy, @steveaustinbsr.
I just worked very hard, connected with the audience and caught a break. These GOATS were good enough to recognize I had something to offer and graciously passed the torch. Grateful.’
Even though The Rock is a very successful actor with plenty of projects going on, he hasn’t forgotten about his WWE career and the moment when he got the torch passed on by Hogan. Dwayne Johnson also stated that he would love to return to the ring one day. And we would all definitely love that too!