Video: The Rock on Getting Booed at His First WWE WrestleMania and More -

Video: The Rock on Getting Booed at His First WWE WrestleMania and More

– As noted, The Rock will be appearing on “Oprah’s Master Class” this Sunday night at 8pm EST on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Another clip from the show has been released, as seen above, with Rock talking more about WWE. Rock commented on his early WWE days:

“I remember I had great angst every night before I went out, because I was not able to be myself.”

He also commented on getting booed as a babyface at his first WrestleMania event:

“It was a sobering moment, and that was the beginning of the end of my initial run in the WWE. A few weeks later, I tore a tendon in my knee, and I was out for the rest of the summer. I came to the realization before I went back that it wasn’t me, personally, that they didn’t like. It was that I wasn’t being me.”

While recovering from the injury, Rock got a call from Vince McMahon. “He said, ‘When you come back, we could continue to shove you down people’s throats or we could turn you heel because they want to boo you anyway,'” Rock says. “I said, ‘I think it’s a great idea.'”

A few weeks later, his “The Rock” persona was born. “About a month later, I was the hottest heel in the company and things were on fire,” he says. “And the greatest lesson about that is be you. … The most powerful thing you can be is yourself.”

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