Dwayne Johnson, popularly known as ‘The Rock’, has officially announced his retirement from World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
We have seen it coming for a while now, but it seems Dwayne wanted to make things official on a chat show ‘Live with Kelly and Ryan in the States’.
The 47-year-old called time on his illustrious in-ring career and said, ‘I miss wrestling, I love wrestling. Yes, I do…”
“I quietly retired from wrestling because I was lucky enough to have a wonderful career and accomplish what I wanted to accomplish. But there’s nothing like a live crowd, live audience, live microphone,” said Johnson.
On his involvement in sports, the father-of-three continued: ‘Plus I grew up in wrestling, my grandfather wrestled; my dad wrestled my whole family.
In 2016, Dwayne’s last official match was at the WrestleMania 32 where he had defeated one-half of the Wyatt Brothers — Erick Rowan in just six seconds.
That made it the shortest match ever in ‘Mania history.
Last week, Dwayne, who is one of the biggest actors in Hollywood, was named the highest-paid actor for 2019 by Forbes – raking in a cool $124 million.
Recalling his debut match at the famous Madison Square Garden in the Survivor Series in 1997, Johnson said, “Generally, your first match, you have it in a small town, small crowd, non-televised. I had my very first match in the WWE in Madison Square Garden, sold out, one of the biggest pay-per-views of the year, Survivor Series.”
Dwayne Johnson was known as ‘Rocky Maivia’ during his initial years in WWE.