Making his WWF debut at the 1996 Survivor Series, "The Blue Chipper" Rocky Maivia was the first third-generation Superstar in the WWF (his father was Rocky Johnson and his maternal grandfather was "High Chief" Peter Maivia). Though portrayed as a fresh-faced, loveable fan favorite, young Maivia was rejected by the fans with chants of "Rocky sucks!" and "Die, Rocky, die!" echoing through the arenas. Depsite this, Maivia won the WWF Intercontinental title defeating Hunter Hearst-Helmsley on Thursday Raw Thursday in February 1997.
After Maivia lost the belt to Owen Hart two months later, he began acting more dastardly. He began referring to himself as just "The Rock" and joined the Nation of Domination. Over the next several months, The Rock became the charismatic leader of The Nation, eventually usurping control from Faarooq. He was given another Intercontinental championship reign on December 8, 1997, when Vince McMahon ordered Stone Cold Steve Austin to forfeit the title. Austin handed the belt to The Rock, despite defeating him the night before at In Your House: DeGeneration X. During this reign, Rock began referring to himself as "The People's Champion."
Faarooq, still upset that The Rock had stolen his position as the leader of the Nation, challenged the third-generation superstar to an Intercontinental Championship match at In Your House: Over the Edge. Rocky retained the belt and kicked Faarooq out of the Nation. Triple H set his sights on the belt, and the great rivalry between DX and The Nation began. Helmsley and Maivia feuded over the summer of 1998 with The Rock always managing to skimp by until their Ladder Match at SummerSlam '98 when the leader of DX finally ended The Rock's eight-month Intercontinental Championship reign.At In Your House: Breakdown, The Rock defeated Mankind and Ken Shamrock in a triple-threat number-one contendership match for the WWF Championship. After a brief feud with former Nation member Mark Henry, The Rock won the WWF title at the 1998 Survivor Series, officially joining Mr. McMahon's Team Corporate, and becoming the youngest WWF Champion in history. The Rock became the titular Superstar of December 1998's pay-per-view event, In Your House: Rock Bottom.
Mankind defeated The Rock on the first Raw of 1999, but The Rock won the Championship back in an "I Quit" match at the Royal Rumble, by playing a sample of Mankind saying "I Quit" over the PA system, after knocking Mankind out. Mankind won the belt back at the special "Halftime Heat" episode that played during Halftime of The Superbowl on Jan. 31, 1999, but The Rock won the belt for a third time on the Feb. 15 episode of Raw in a ladder match, when Big Show chokeslammed Mankind off the ladder. At WrestleMania XV, Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated The Rock for the WWF title and lost his rematch at the inaugural Backlash pay-per-view event.
Later in 1999, The Rock needed a tag team partner to defeat the team of Undertaker and Big Show. Mankind, of all people, came out to assist his former rival, and the Rock 'n' Sock Connection was born. The duo went on to win the WWF Tag Team Championship three times. On September 27, 1999, Mankind celebrated The Rock's birthday with The Rock: This is Your Life.
At Backlash 2000, The Rock defeated Triple H in a match for the WWF Championship thanks to some help from Stone Cold Steve Austin. At Judgment Day, he lost the belt back to Triple H in an Iron Man Match, but re-gained the title at King of the Ring 2000, in a six-man tag match, where The Undertaker and Kane teamed with The Rock against Triple H, Vince McMahon, and Shane McMahon in a match where whomever got the pinfall would become the new WWF Champion. The Rock pinned Vince McMahon to win his 5th WWF Championship.
At No Mercy 2000, The Rock lost the WWF Championship to Kurt Angle but temporarily won the WWF Tag Team Championship with The Undertaker from Edge and Christian before losing the tag belts back to the E&C Dynasty. At No Way Out 2001, The Rock won his sixth WWF Championship, becoming the first man to hold the belt six times. He lost the title to Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania X-Seven, in Houston where the crowd included Psycho Andy, Chris Hughes and Edward Motley. The next night, The Rock was suspended on TV, while, in real life, he went off to film The Mummy Returns.
Upon the Rock's return, the WCW Invasion was underway, and The Rock fully represented the WWF. At SummerSlam 2001, The Rock defeated Booker T for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, becoming the first Samoan-American to win said title. He lost the belt to Chris Jericho at No Mercy before regaining it two weeks later on an edition of Raw. Jericho finally defeated The Rock and Stone Cold at Vengeance 2001 to become the first-ever WWF Undisputed Champion.
At WrestleMania X8, The Rock took on Hulk Hogan in one of the most electrifying matches in WWE history. At Vengeance 2002, The Rock won his seventh WWE Championship by defeating then-Undisputed champion The Undertaker and Kurt Angle in a triple threat match. Rock lost the belt to newcomer Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam 2002 with Lesnar now replacing The Rock as the youngest WWE Champion in history.
The Rock turned heel again in early 2003, playing an acoustic guitar and mocking the cities he would visit in mean-spirited songs. During this time, he declared that Christian was his favorite wrestler, causing Christian to begin to refer to his fans as his "Peeps," and himself as "The Peeps' Champ." Rock had a feud with Hurricane Helms, which saw the WWE's resident superhero claim a victory over The People's Champ. He defeated Hulk Hogan again in their rematch at No Way Out 2003, and finally gained his first WrestleMania victory over Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania XIX. At Backlash, Rock was decimated by Bill Goldberg in Goldberg's first WWE match.
Before leaving the WWE, The Rock became a fan-favorite once more by engaging in a very brief feud with Christian and Chris Jericho. The Rock's final match was at WrestleMania XX, where he was brought in by his old tag team partner, Mick Foley (formerly Mankind) to reunite The Rock 'n' Sock Connection as they took on the Evolution trio of Randy Orton, Ric Flair, and Dave Batista. Orton pinned Foley with an RKO.
The Rock appeared various times on WWE-TV, including as the guest host at WrestleMania XXVII, although he never worked as an active in-ring competitor until he and John Cena were scheduled to fight at WrestleMania XXVIII. His first match back was with Cena against Awesome Truth (The Miz & R-Truth), in which they were victorious. Then, he defeated Cena at WrestleMania XXVIII to the shock of most everyone except Dan Zunk. The night after WrestleMania, he issued an open challenge to the WWE Champion, which will take place at the 2013 Royal Rumble. That match eventually ended up being against CM Punk, which The Rock won, ending Punk's 434-day title reign. Rock then won the rematch against Punk at Elimination Chamber 2013. The following night, Rock unveiled a new, simplified WWE Championship design.
Dwayne Johnson has appeared in the following movies:
- Beyond The Mat (as Himself, 1999)
- That 70s Show (as his father, Rocky Johnson 1999)
- The Net (TV series) (as Brody, 1999)
- Longshot (as The Mugger, 2000)
- Star Trek: Voyager (as The Champion, 2000)
- The Mummy Returns (as The Scorpion King, 2001)
- The Scorpion King (eponymous role, 2002)
- The Rundown (as Beck, 2003)
- Walking Tall (as Chris Vaughn, 2004)
- Be Cool (as Elliot Wilhelm, 2005)
- Doom (as Sarge, 2005)
- Gridiron Gang (as Sean Porter, 2006)
- The Game Plan (Joe Kingman, 2007)
- Southland Tales (Boxer Santaros, 2007)
- Get Smart (Agent 23, 2008)
- Race to Witch Mountain (Jack Burno, 2009)
- Planet 51 (Capt. Charles "Chuck" Massey, 2009)
- Tooth Fairy (2010)
- Faster (2010)
- Fast Five (2011)
- Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)
- Snitch (2013)
- G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)