Despite his status as Hollywood’s leading man, The Rock has discussed one of his biggest regrets from his days in the squared circle, causing a WWE Hall Of Famer to respond.
While it might seem like The Rock has seen and done it all in the wrestling industry, going from blue-chip prospect to The Most Electrifying Man In All Of Entertainment with eight WWE Championship runs along the way. However, The Rock has revealed on social media that there is one man he wished he could have shared the ring with more, two-time WWE Hall Of Famer Booker T.
The Rock was responding to Hurricane Helms on Twitter who had Tweeted about watching Rock and Booker T’s bout at SummerSlam 2001 when he said:
“Thank you, brother. I do too actually. One of my biggest regrets was not having a long run w Book. He was one of my fav workers and the best pure athlete I’ve ever wrestled. Fluid, sharp, believable movements and work style. I always say his moves had a rare swagger.”
Thank you, brother. I do too actually. One of my biggest regrets was not having a long run w Book. He was one of my fav workers and the best pure athlete I’ve ever wrestled. Fluid, sharp, believable movements and work style. I always say his moves had a rare swagger.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) July 2, 2021
Now Booker T has responded to The Rock’s words of praise for the five-time WCW Champion on his Hall Of Fame podcast.
“I really appreciate The Rock saying those kind words as far as me being one of the most athletic guys. Me being, pretty much, a damn good worker. I get props like that for a lot of guys like Bret Hart. Bret Hart is one of the guys who says he really enjoyed working with me in WCW and I think he enjoyed working with me because there was chemistry. Hearing that coming from The Rock, it means a lot. Him saying that he wished our feud would’ve lasted a whole lot longer. That’s reality. It should have. I feel like it could have been a six-month or year ‘marriage’ with The Rock if done properly. I don’t know how good it would’ve been though. For me, working with The Rock, it would have gotten better the more times we worked. I don’t remember working any house shows with The Rock. That’s a rarity. We never got that chance to [work house shows].”
Booker then added that he hasn’t watched their bout in question at SummerSlam:
“That’s a match I don’t think I’ve ever looked at. The Rock and I never got a chance to become friends. Laugh with each other, break bread with each other. I always thought he was, I wouldn’t say untouchable, but he was a WWE guy. For me, coming in from WCW, I gave him that respect because he deserved it. I do think, over time, our chemistry would have been uncanny and we would have had that match that I could look back on and say, ‘That was the match.’ I don’t remember a match or moment that I can look back on and say, ‘That was my WWE moment’ as far as in-ring goes because I became a total entertainer.”
The Rock and Booker T only squared off a handful of times one on one in WWE with their SummerSlam match for the WCW World Championship being the zenith of the pair’s feud.