The topic of a Mount Rushmore of professional wrestling stars always makes for good discussion. Now, a Superstar that often gets placed on the Mount Rushmore of wrestling, The Rock, is naming his own personal Mount Rushmore of wrestling and letting the people know where he thinks he fits into the discussion as humbly as only The Rock can.
In a live Q&A on Instagram, Dwayne “The Rock'' Johnson was asked what his personal Mount Rushmore of pro wrestling would be. While there are traditionally four names included in Mount Rushmore, The Rock only named three. Johnson said he keeps the fourth slot open because there are so many greats in wrestling and he can never narrow it down.
“My wrestling Mount Rushmore would be "The Immortal" Hulk Hogan, "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair, "The Texas Rattlesnake" Steve Austin,” he began naming three legends that he knows very well and names that regularly get mentioned when this topic is discussed. “That fourth person, I always kind of keep blank because I vacillate back and forth between "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers, Bruno Sammartino, Randy "Macho Man" Savage, Dusty Rhodes. You know, it's hard to kind of quantify because for me, you always want to pick people who have had the most impact on the wrestling business. Who moved the bottom line. But also, most importantly, they just had this intangible and this x-factor where they could connect with the crowd and connect with an audience. And the bottom line is with those three individuals that I mentioned, Hogan, Austin and Flair, they really moved the company's bottom line. They moved the NWA's bottom line. The WWF and the WWE. Bottom line in terms of drawing power. These guys were the biggest draws in the history of professional wrestling. And that's all that matters. You know, you can have 15 world titles and 27 other kinds of titles that you have these days. But the bottom line is, how strong can you draw and are you selling arenas out and are you breaking records? Really, that's the bottom line. And those three guys have, I think Sammartino did for a very long time. Bob Backlund had an incredible run, too, as well.”
When it comes to where he fits in, The Rock was too humble to say that he belongs on the main Monument, but did say he didn't mind being placed on the back.
He continued, “Where am I on Mount Rushmore? I would say I'm on the back of Mount Rushmore. That's the part you don't see. But I'm on the back there all by myself. And I'm raising my eyebrow, and I'm, If you smell...' I'm doing all that shit. That's me on the back.”
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One superstar who wouldn't place The Rock on the back of his own Mount Rushmore is Seth Rollins, who was recently featured in a WWE YouTube video where he was asked to name his own personal Mount Rushmore of wrestling and The Rock was one of the first names out of the mouth of “The Architect.”
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