Although he has not been part of the wrestling scene for a long time, The Rock is still one of the most famous faces and a man who marked an era of that company. His return to Hollywood turned out to be a good move, although many were pessimistic about it. Steve Austin spoke with Bill Apter about the reasons for The Rock's departure.
“Who would have figured, but you know, I think that’s what he had his sights set on. He’s a third generation pro wrestler, so he got into the business because of a passion for the business and then also saw the light on the other side, or the light at the end of the tunnel.
That first tunnel was maybe that first Scorpion King movie. I think it only took just one screenshot of him looking like a movie star, this larger than life character that he was in and that movie, The Mummy or whatever it was, you know what I’m talking about.
Then he almost tried to fit into Hollywood standards and said, ‘No, no, just let me do this my way.’"- he said, as quoted by pwmania.com
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Going to Hollywood is not an easy task.
The Rock wanted a new adventure, to try something new. By coming to Hollywood, he only confirmed his qualities. "The thing I like about The Rock is, he goes, hey man. I’m not gonna just try to mold myself down, I’m just gonna be me, and that’s what he’s done.
He’s taken over Hollywood by himself. Everybody else is doing their things but yeah, I could definitely see it back then that a guy like him would have the capability and ability and the want to succeed like he has, and he’s done it through nothing but hard ass work.
So props to him. I’ve loved our matches together. I always loved working with him. I’m proud of him and I’m happy for all of his success because he’s just killing it and he’s working his ass off”.