Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Disclosed He Is Going To Sign With PRIDE Fighting Championship
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is among the world’s biggest stars. He is recognized for his success in the movie industry and professional wrestling. However, Johnson had to face challenges in order to start his wrestling career. Things could be better in the other way, such as signing up a fighter for the Pride Championship.
Johnson shared his experience in the Joe Rogan Podcast.
“1997, I was still going to L.A. and working out. We were crossing all the MMA guys. PRIDE just opened up in Japan.
I started seeing all these MMA guys going over to PRIDE…
At that time, I was making $150,000 wrestling 235 days a year. Do the math on that and how much you’re making per match.”
The Rock began to hesitate:
“We start hearing: “These guys in PRIDE are making $250,000, $350,000, $500,000.”
I thought then: “F*ck, I don’t think I’m going to make it in WWE. People are booing me out of the arenas. I can’t be myself. They’re telling me to f*cking smile, I don’t want to f*cking smile. That’s not who I am.”
I start talking to Ken Shamrock, I start talking with Mark Kerr: ‘Tell me about PRIDE.”
I have this idea in my head: “Maybe I should train in MMA, go to PRIDE, and make real money and I don’t have to smile.”
He mentioned the reason:
“I’m going to get f*cked up, knock one of my lungs loose, but if I find the right coach and train…
I have this whole thing in my head.
I’m talking to my wife at the time: “I think this is the way to go. I can make real money while these fans are booing me for $150 grand.”
Fortunately, it is good for all the WWE fans across the globe that things turned out to be sorted for The Rock.