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Jim Ross explains what made The Rock special from day one in the WWE

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WWE has been home to some star talent over the years, but arguably, no one has ever been as big as The Rock in recent years. 

He joined the company in 1996 and spent eight years dominating the pro wrestling world and breaking WWE records. 

"The People's Champion" was also an eight-time WWF/WWE Champion, a two-time WCW Champion, a two-time WWF Intercontinental Champion and a five-time WWF Tag Team Champion.

And his success in the ring set him up for success outside of the wrestling industry too. 

He broke into Hollywood in 2001 and has since become one of the highest paid actors in the film industry. 

The Rock - or Dwayne Johnson, was also named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time and in 2015, Muscle & Fitness named him "Man of the Century".

Unfortunately for wrestling fans, his other exploits have taken priority and since 2004, The Rock has only made sporadic appearances in WWE.

Until recently though, he was often present for the big pay-per-views like WrestleMania and Survivor Series, sometimes hosting them or even wrestling as well. 

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No one in the WWE can claim to be anywhere close to as electrifying as The Rock - because whenever he steps into an arena, the crowd goes wild. 

But it wasn't always that way. For parts of his early career, WWE fans did not always see eye-to-eye with Rocky. 

At a time when the company was entering the Attitude Era, Johnson's character did not fit the scene and fans didn't appreciate him. 

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Of course, as time went on, The Rock turned into an arrogant, insulting, but hilarious heel - and fans loved it. 

The rest, as they say, is history. 

But even back when everyone was booing The Rock, one man could tell he was destined for greatness in WWE. That man was Jim Ross. 

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Speaking recently to Edge and Christian on E&C's Pod Of Awesomeness, Ross told of how he knew The Rock's confidence would take him to the top from day one.

"He's a different breed of cat, as you boys know and he's very special in a lot of ways," the legendary broadcaster said, per Wrestling Inc

"I never had anybody that basically hit me right between the eyes with a statement of, 'I'm going to be your top guy' when he hadn't even made his first trip to Stamford [Connecticut] I don't think.

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"So, I mean, he had 'it' going for him and confidence in where he wanted to go. He had a direction. He knew what road he wanted to travel.

"professionally, he knew just what he wanted and nothing was going to stop him."

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