From '96 til: Behold The Rock's amazing pro wrestling debut

Posted on Nov 16 2015 - 9:34pm by Ashley Rey

From ’96 til: Behold The Rock’s amazing pro wrestling debut

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Most people know that, before he was a Hollywood superstar, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was among the biggest draws in the WWE. Some know that, before the WWE, he played college football at the University of Miami.

But few recall Johnson’s pit-stop between those two: His pro wrestling debut actually came as a guy named Flex Kavana in the United States Wrestling Association, back in 1996. And now, thanks to a top-notch Instagram post, we can all take a stroll down Memory Lane.

We’ll get to the video in a minute — but first let’s take a moment to appreciate Johnson’s accompanying caption. It’s quite vivid, and a major contrast to his lifestyle today.


BIG DEBUT… crazy to share this with y’all.. so surreal to see this classic footage from of my VERY FIRST wrestling match in Memphis, for the #USWA (United States Wrestling Association). I just drove my truck up from Miami to Memphis, had no bank account to my name (just carried cash) and luckily found a very nice elderly couple living in a house on Union Avenue who was willing to rent out a room to me.

I’ll always remember it was Union Ave because every day I would drive by the world famous #SunRecords where the likes of Elvis, Jerry Lee and Johnny Cash had recorded early in their careers. In a weird way driving by that studio everyday kinda kept me motivated to stay grinding. I was 23yrs old, making $40 bucks per match and NO CLUE of the long journey that lay ahead of me.

But I was then, as I am today, extremely grateful for the opportunity and always willing to put in the work. Y’all keep working hard at your goals and creating opportunities for yourselves, always be humble and never, and I repeat NEVER wear sunglasses inside a TV studio like I did here. What in theeeee f*ck!??

Now here’s the corresponding video.

Looking back on YouTube, we can find a longer clip from the same event. Here you go; Johnson shows up around the six-minute mark.

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Later that same year, The Rock would make his WWE debut. And the rest, as they say, is history.


Source: Mashable Entertainemnet
From ’96 til: Behold The Rock’s amazing pro wrestling debut

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