The Rock remains one of the most popular stars in wrestling history, but a suggestion he made to Vince McMahon didn’t make him the most popular backstage.
As an eight-time WWE Champion, The Rock is one of the biggest stars in professional wrestling history. His matches and feuds with ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, Mankind, and Triple H are among the most legendary, with his Royal Rumble 1999 “I Quit” match vs. Mankind being Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Match of the Year.
That year also saw The Rock work alongside Brian Gewirtz. Gewirtz is one of the company’s most notable writers, being the longest-tenured Head Writer in company history. In 1999, though, the concept of writers wasn’t a thing in the then-World Wrestling Federation, with Gewirtz being the first hired.
Brian recently unveiled the cover for his upcoming book – titled There’s Just One Problem… – which looks back on his time spent working as a writer for WWE between 1999 and 2012. Upon revealing the cover, The Rock chimed in, detailing how he was responsible for Gewirtz being signed to the company as their inaugural writer (h/t Sportskeeda Wrestling):
“I first worked with Brian in ‘99 and suggested to @VinceMcMahon we hire Brian as @WWE’s first ever writer. Boss [Vince] agreed. Wrestlers hated it. I loved it. He became WWE’s head writer for years. Today he’s VP of @SevenBucksProd, And releasing this BOOK you should read!”
I first worked with Brian in ‘99 and suggested to @VinceMcMahon we hire Brian as @WWE’s first ever writer.
Boss (Vince) agreed.
Wrestlers hated it.
I loved it.
He became WWE’s head writer for years 🔥😁
Today he’s VP of @SevenBucksProd
And releasing this BOOK you should read!👍🏾 https://t.co/vEssxM8Sk0
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) May 12, 2022
There’s Just One Problem… hits shelves on 16 August. Having left his position as Head Writer in 2012, Brian Gewirtz now works for The Rock’s Seven Bucks Production company as their Senior Vice President of Development. His production credits include Young Rock, Behind The Attraction, and The Titan Games.
The Rock last appeared for WWE on the 4 October 2019 broadcast of SmackDown, which marked the blue brand’s twentieth anniversary and official transition to Fox. There, he laid out King Corbin before celebrating with Becky Lynch.