Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one of the biggest stars that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon has ever created.
The Rock is regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. He picked up his popularity in the mainstream while working in the WWE from 1996 to 2004 and was the first third-generation wrestler in the company's history.
He returned to WWE part-time from 2011–13 and continues to make sporadic appearances for the company.
During his time with the company, he is an eight-time WWE Champion, two-time WCW/World Champion, two-time WWE Intercontinental Champion and a five-time WWE Tag Team Champion. He is the sixth Triple Crown Champion in WWE and won the 2000 Royal Rumble.
Before he came to fame, he had to make his WWE debut and it all started on November 17, 1996 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York at the WWE Survivor Series PPV (pay-per-view) event.
The main event was a WWE Championship match that saw WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels defended the title against Sycho Sid, who won the title by pinning Michaels after hitting him with a television camera and performing a Powerbomb.
Other matches that were featured on the undercard include
The undercard featured Faarooq, Vader, Razor Ramon, and Diesel versus Flash Funk, Jimmy Snuka, Savio Vega, and Yokozuna in a four-on-four Survivor Series elimination match, Bret Hart versus Stone Cold Steve Austin to determine the number one contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, The Undertaker versus Mankind and The Godwinns, Doug Furnas and Phil LaFon versus The New Rockers, Owen Hart and The British Bulldog.
The Rock teamed up with Marc Mero Jake Roberts, and The Stalker versus Crush, Jerry Lawler, Hunter Hearst Helmsley, and Goldust in a four-on-four Survivor Series elimination match.
Johnson reflected on making his WWE debut 21 years ago as well poked some fun it by writing the following on his official Twitter account:
“Crazy it all started 21yrs ago today. Made my @wwe debut. My #1 goal was buy my parents their first home. 3yrs later in ‘99 I was able to. No idea where this crazy road would lead me, I just knew I was willing to work my ass off and that I loved the hell outta Waffle House.”
“Wow what a @WWE rookie memory. I had the world’s WORST wrestling outfit EVER and so broke I used to cut my own hair (as you can tell by this beautifully f*cked up pineapple cut I used to give myself) yet… NYC and Madison Square Garden embraced me like a son. #grateful.”
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