WWE celebrated the 17th birthday of WrestleMania X8 last Sunday, March 17. That also means that it’s been 17 years since the Icon vs Icon match took place between Hulk Hogan and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Do you guys realize how old we are?
After the festivities, The Rock paid tribute to the greats that paved the way and inspired him to become the “most electrifying man of all of entertainment.”
Johnson wrote that “there was no Heavyweight Championship on the line. Just two men. Just two careers.”
He called the 85,000+ people at the Toronto SkyDome that night “the most insane ELECTRIC crowd” he ever had the privilege to perform in front of. To determine who would go down as the “GREATEST OF ALL TIME”, The Rock faced his “friend and childhood hero”, Hulk Hogan. And as the history books show, The People’s Champ would topple the Hulkster at the grandest stage of them all.
“Torch passed,” Johnson wrote. “Grateful.”
Although his victory would earn him the recognition as the GOAT, he begged to differ, and instead gave the names of three legends in the business: Hulk Hogan, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, and ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair.
Johnson, who has since become one of the biggest and most bankable movie stars on the planet, shot to fame in the '90s alongside Austin—another of the fastest rising stars of WWE’s “Attitude Era.” Flair was among the Rock’s high-profile feuds in the ring.
“I just worked very hard, connected with the audience and caught a break,” The Rock posted. “These GOATS were good enough to recognize I had something to offer and graciously passed the torch.”
Do you agree with The Rock’s picks of the three greatest wrestlers of all time? Who’s on your shortlist?