From being a skilled footballer back in high school to transitioning into one of the biggest names in pro wrestling and then Hollywood, it seems there aren’t many things the actor can’t do. During his recent chit-chat with former UFC commentator Joe Rogan, which spanned almost three hours, Dwayne Johnson also revealed he wasn’t too far from transitioning into the world of MMA.
However, fans of the Brahma Bull are skeptical about the Star’s MMA statements, with many deeming the actor’s comments as lies, which might not be the case.
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During his initial days in the squared circle, was having a hard time cementing himself as a face, as he was constantly getting booed out of the arena by the crowd. Considering the Japanese mixed martial arts promotion PRIDE just held its inaugural event in ’97, Johnson he did consider shifting to MMA at the time, following PRIDE’s hefty paycheck. But fans on the internet are skeptical about the whole thing, refusing to buy the WWE superstar’s story.
And while there isn’t any definitive evidence to prove Johnson’s claims, there is an argument to be made that it might not be all fibs as many are making it out to be.
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Unlike today, the MMA landscape back then wasn’t as complex, and one skillset was enough to ensure a decent career inside the ring. And further keeping in mind that his father, Rocky Johnson, initially started out as a boxer before making it big in pro wrestling, it’s reasonable to say the Star might’ve picked up a few skills from him. In addition, his friendship with ex-WWE and UFC star Ken Shamrock also strengthens the actor’s claims of considering stepping into MMA at the time, following Shamrock’s expertise in the field.Dwayne Johnson and Ken Shamrock
While there is room for skepticism in the matter, following the above points alongside keeping in mind that Johnson was always a big fan of the sport, his claims don’t appear too far-fetched.