Road Dogg has had a wrestling career that would be the envy of most with numerous championships, a place in the legendary group DX and a WWE Hall of Fame induction to his name. But now he has explained that from very early on, he was riddled with jealousy all because of a young Dwayne Johnson.
Johnson debuted for WWE at Survivor Series 1996 as Rocky Maivia in a traditional tag team match, but from early on, his fellow WWE Superstars could see the potential that would launch him into superstardom.
Road Dogg “very jealous” of Dwayne Johnson
Speaking on his Oh You Didn’t Know podcast, Road Dogg explained that he took it upon himself to keep the young star’s feet on the ground, and he achieved that through “verbal abuse and potshots:”
“It felt very important to me to keep his feet on the ground. And I did so because I was jealous of him and I didn’t like him and Boo on you. But look, he could cut a promo, he could wrestle, he looked great, you know what I mean? He’s the total package on the reel. And I wasn’t that, and so I was very jealous of him. And I’ve told him that and apologised since but it still doesn’t take away the fact that I took it upon myself to keep his feet on the ground. And I did that with verbal abuse and potshots in the ring too, you know what I mean?”
“Like he knew that when they were there and he would bring it back and we would, you know, kind of do you and left it all out in the ring for sure. But I took it upon myself to keep his feet on the ground, and that was not my place, and I’ll forever apologise for that to him. But it was just, we were just in the ring wrestling, and I’m in the ring with you, dude, so you’re equal to me, You know what I mean?”
“And look, and like I said, in retrospect, I see we’re not equal. We’re not equal as far as intellectual properties are concerned, you know what I mean? In the eyes of God, you and I are the same, but in the eyes of the consumer, of the almighty consumer we are not. And I understand that.”
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