Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Watches Debut WWE Match: Looks Fitter and Stronger 20 Years Later

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
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Earlier this week, Dwayne Johnson, also known as “The Rock,” started a new series on his YouTube channel called The Rock Reacts.

In the debut video, the Furious 7 star takes fans back to his inaugural appearance on WWE, and he breaks down his first-ever match for the wrestling organization. His name for the first two years of wrestling with the WWE was Rocky Maivia.

The match was in New York at Madison Square Garden, where 22,000 people were in attendance – something he says is unusual for a newbie such as he was on that day. His dad and grandfather had both wrestled in that same place before him, so it made his victory that night all the more special.


Johnson made a number of cracks about his costume and directed a few at his haircut, which he said looked like a chia pet and pineapple in one. He definitely looks stronger and more refined these days.

According to Johnson, that night in Madison Square Garden changed his life and catapulted his career to where it is today. He says 22,000 people did something that defined his career and changed his life in one night by simply chanting his name. And that’s how The Rock was born.

Dwayne Johnson’s Power Workouts and Diet

The Rock has made a career for himself as the muscle in many movies, including Jumanji and the Fast & Furious franchise.

The latest installment, Fast 8, is planned for release in April of next year. His physique has improved greatly since his first appearance in WWE, and it is safe to say he is looking stronger and more muscular these days. So how did he turn himself into the legendary action hero that he has become today?


Diet and exercise are the two only ways a person could develop the amount of mass and bulk that Johnson has, but not with a typical diet and workout regime. Acquiring the muscle gain that he has requires an incredible amount of “bulking up” work by doing cardio, leg workouts, and a lot of time weight lifting.

For example, when he was prepping for his role in Hercules, Johnson ate over 5,000 calories a day, many of those calories coming from protein, carbohydrates, and fat.

For Dwayne Johnson, working out is literally a way of life, and it’s something he does six days a week. He starts at 4 a.m. with a jog on the streets near his home. After that, he eats breakfast and then heads to gym for some weight lifting and power workouts to help him gain as much muscle as possible.

He likes to focus on one part of the body at a time each day. One day is all about the legs; the next is about making his back stronger. Another day focuses on his abs, and yet another targets his arms. His diet and workouts are not for the average person at all. They’re for a star who plays action heroes that are incredibly muscular and strong.


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