The Rock Calls ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage A “Childhood Hero”

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The Rock Dwayne Johnson has revealed that WWE Hall of Famer ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage was one of his boyhood heroes growing up.

The young life of Johnson is being portrayed in the new sitcom, Young Rock. Charting Johnson’s childhood where he grew up around the wrestling business, the show features many stars of the day.

In the latest episode, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage made an appearance, played by Kevin Makely. Rock would respond to a fan on social media who was pleased to see Savage turn up on the show.

Johnson commented:

“Randy was one of my childhood heroes. #YoungRock”

Johnson’s father, Rocky Johnson was a star of the then World Wrestling Federation in the 1980s. Despite being in the company at the same time as Savage, the two men never shared a ring. The only time Savage would face off with Johnson’s extended Anoa’i family would be in a series of matches in 1975. Savage, wrestling under his real name of Randy Poffo would take on Rock’s uncles Afa and Sika.

During their respective careers, Savage and Dwayne Johnson would both hold the WWE Championship numerous times. Rock became champion 8 times, the last of these coming when he defeated CM Punk at the 2013 Royal Rumble. Despite Savage only holding the title twice, the Macho Man is ahead of The Rock when it comes to days as champion. Savage would hold the belt for a combined 520 days with The Rock over a hundred days behind as champ at 378.

Young Rock began airing on February 16th, 2020 on NBC. The show features Dwayne Johnson as narrator with different actors playing younger versions of the Hollywood star. Adrian Groulx plays 10-year-old Rock, with Bradley Constant playing the 15-year-old version of the future People’s Champion.