The Rock Names Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, & Steve Austin As His Three GOATs

Yesterday, Mar. 17, marked the 17-year anniversary of WrestleMania 18 in Toronto. While the event was headlined by Chris Jericho taking Triple H, the true main event was the iconic battle between The Rock and Hulk Hogan.

The Rock was a few hours late on celebrating the anniversary on Instagram, but that didn't stop him from posting a long message on social media, reflecting on the match.

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"This past weekend @WWE celebrated the 17th anniversary of what was billed as “ICON vs ICON” to determine who would go down in @WWE history as THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME.
It was yours truly, VS The Immortal Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania.
What made this match so special was that there was no Heavyweight Championship on the line.
Just two men.
Just two careers.
And 85,000+ of the most insane ELECTRIC crowd I have ever had the privilege to perform in front of. "

The Rock continued, naming the three men he considers the Greatest of All Time in professional wrestling.

"My friend and childhood hero, Hulk Hogan passed the torch to me on this historic night which decreed me becoming “THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME”, but the truth is - to me - the GOAT are the three men who paved the way for me and so many others in pro wrestling/
@hulkhogan
@ricflairnatureboy
@steveaustinbsr
I just worked very hard, connected with the audience and caught a break. These GOATS were good enough to recognize I had something to offer and graciously passed the torch."

Torch passed. Grateful. This past weekend @WWE celebrated the 17th anniversary of what was billed as “ICON vs ICON” to determine who would go down in @WWE history as THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME. It was yours truly, VS The Immortal Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania. What made this match so special was that there was no Heavyweight Championship on the line. Just two men. Just two careers. And 85,000+ of the most insane ELECTRIC crowd I have ever had the privilege to perform in front of. It was almost as if every single person that night in the Toronto SkyDome made up their mind that they would give every ounce of energy they had because they knew this match was only going to be seen once in a lifetime. My friend and childhood hero, Hulk Hogan passed the torch to me on this historic night which decreed me becoming “THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME”, but the truth is - to me - the GOAT are the three men who paved the way for me and so many others in pro wrestling/ @hulkhogan @ricflairnatureboy @steveaustinbsr I just worked very hard, connected with the audience and caught a break. These GOATS were good enough to recognize I had something to offer and graciously passed the torch. Grateful.

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In a recent interview, Chris Jericho stated that he lobbied for Hogan vs. Rock to close the show over himself vs. Triple H, feeling they couldn't top the Battle of the Icons. You can view Jericho's full comments here.

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