WWE legend and Hollywood star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson had high praise for Brat Hart during a recent interview he had with The Illuminerdi.
Host Joseph Deckelmeier spoke to Johnson and his Jungle Cruise co-star Emily Blunt, and as the interview came to a close, The Rock made mention of Deckelmeier’s Bret Hart t-shirt, before explaining to Blunt how he helped him and embraced him when he was a rookie in WWF.
The Rock said:
“One thing before we leave, and you’ll (Blunt) appreciate this,the T-shirt he’s wearing, is (of) a guy who didn’t have to be, but he was so good to me when I was a rookie professional wrestler, and his name was Bret “The Hitman” Hart.
“He comes from a very famous wrestling family. But at that time, he was World Champion and there were a lot of guys in that world at that time, in ’96, that didn’t necessarily embrace me.”
Blunt asked if it was due to his role as the good guy that he wasn’t embraced, to which Johnson responded:
“Just when I was a rookie coming in, because everyone hungry for the spot and there’s a lot of sharks in the water, but that guy, Bret, and he was World Champion, showed me how it’s done.”
Blunt then asked Dwayne why Bret was so nice to him, to which The Rock responded:
“I think it’s because our families knew each other, he knew that I came from a lineage of pro-wrestling, and that I had a real love and respect for wrestling. And he was just a great guy, and I always like to give him props where I can.”
. @TheRock is a true classic act. He took the time to not only pay his respects to @BretHart but he explain the impact The Hitman’s had on his pro-wrestling career to Emily Blunt. This is by far the greatest moment I’ve had doing this… Thank you, Rock! https://t.co/I38XoUFuDt pic.twitter.com/vi7htwOsEe
— Joseph Deckelmeier #BlackLivesMatter (@Joelluminerdi) July 30, 2021
The Rock has been heavily speculated to make his WWE return at Survivor Series this year to set up a WrestleMania clash with Roman Reigns, although Johnson himself has stated there is ‘nothing to‘ the rumours.