In 1996, "The Rock" started out as Rocky Maivia, a pure-hearted good guy with a dippy personality and an outfit of feathers and blue ribbons that looked like a gift from a kindergarten class ... one they forgot to get started on until about ten minutes before he was scheduled to pick it up.
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"Are they napping yet? Can I throw this crap away?"
The whole gimmick probably looked better on paper. The name was a merger of Johnson's father and grandfather's names, all offspring of the legendary Anoa'i wrestling family of Samoa (that's not fictional backstory -- that's actually the family The Rock came from). Oh, and here was his theme song:
Do you smell what baby's first Casio is cookin'?
It's like he said, "You know what? Wrestling fans don't need any of this 'bad boy' garbage. They want good, wholesome wrestlers from respected family backgrounds! The kind of upstanding young gentleman that any father would be proud to see his daughter marry! A fellow who isn't afraid to adorn himself in the closest approximation to traditional ethnic garb that can be constructed for under three dollars!"
Though it still beats that time years later when he called that interviewer an "ugly hermaphrodite."