You love The Rock. And while you probably love Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson for his subsequent movie career or the bulge he showed off with Kevin Hart, just a brief 20-years-ago he was playing pretend in the WWE for the first time ever.

20-years-ago to this date, November 17, 1996, The Rock first showed off his rippling muscles to the masses at Madison Square Garden: and ripple they did, for The Rock has always been more like a river of pectorals and biceps.


After getting the living sh*t slapped out of him by Jerry "The King" Lawler (what happened to him? did he eventually star in Jumanji with Kevin Hart? no?) and several other silly villains, the Rock started to hold his own a bit.

Eventually, he got in so many punches that he became the star of Baywatch with Zac Efron.

What a year its been for former stars of professional wrestling.