The Rock decided to leave WWE for Hollywood to challenge himself

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No one has enjoyed more success coming out of World Wrestling Entertainment than Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.

It's one thing having his success inside the squared circle and throughout a wrestling career, but it's a whole new thing to enjoy his success outside of the ring as well.

Born into a family of wrestlers, The Rock was always going to be part of the WWE, even though it seemed unlikely during his teenage days, but after giving up on American Football, he found his new home inside the ropes.


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His career went from strength to strength. After a ropey start as Rocky Maivia, The Rock climbed his way up the ranks and quickly became a main eventer alongside Stone Cold Steve Austin, who he rivalled with for numerous years.

The Rock soon became known as The Brahma Bull, The People's Champ, and many more infamous gimmicks, but everything turned on it's head in the early 2000s, when he left the company to pursue a dream in acting.

Of course, The Rock would carry on making sporadic appearances in WWE, but ever since that year, it was never the same for the 44-year-old.

His new home was clearly Hollywood and the big screen.

His first big break in acting came in 2001 and 2002, when he featured in 'The Mummy Returns' and 'The Scorpion King'. From that point on, his stock grew in Hollywood and he started featuring in more and more films.

Any genre, any type, The Rock could do it all.

Speaking in a recent interview with Chris Van Vliet, The Rock revealed why he chose to leave WWE for Hollywood, and he admitted it was so that he could challenge himself.

He said: “I wanted to challenge myself. And I wanted to be better. And I didn’t want to settle.

"I was really fortunate to accomplish what I accomplished in wrestling. I loved it. There’s nothing like wrestling. That crowd, I love it. But I also wanted more and there’s that interesting thing when you’re lucky enough to get that little bit of success and then you want to do something else that’s not your forte, that clearly is not, but you’re willing to take the challenge on, you’re met with a lot of cynicism.

"You gotta fight through that and you gotta listen to the voice inside and then you gotta bring it.”

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