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The Rock electrifies the sidewalk with his “Walk of Fame” star!

Dwayne Johnson received the 2,624th star on the Los Angeles pavement, the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is the only person to receive this honor from the WWE after Vince McMahon and the first full-time professional wrestler ever.

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He was a WWE Intercontinental Champion, a Tag Team Champion and a World Heavyweight Champion. However, it is his status as the ‘People’s Champion’ in theWWE that still remains synonymous to his name. He has a charismatic smile and a personality that transcends all borders. People call him Dwayne, others call him Johnson. But his fans, his aficionados simply call him, The Rock.

What began as an ordinary WWE journey with Dwayne Johnson entering the WWE ring in 1996 with his ring name of Rocky Maivia, soon had his persona transformed to The Rock, who would lay the Smack Down or ‘Layeth the Smacketh Down’ on anyone in the ring or outside of it. Honoring his father and grandfather’s name, the third generation Superstar, The Rock, soon emerged as the top Superstars during the iconic Attitude Era in the WWE. He was born to be a WWE Superstar and was destined to touch greatness. The Rock is a 2 time WCW/World Champion, an 8 time WWF/WWE Champion, 2 time WWF/E Intercontinental Champion, 5 time WWF/E Tag Team Champion and winner of the 2000 Royal Rumble.

He have had a number of historic rivalries against Triple H, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Big Show, Chris Jericho, Booker T, Vince McMahon, D-Generation X and upon his return in 2015 entered into a rivalry against CM Punk and John Cena. After giving his all inside the squared circle in the WWE, The Rock became a superstar in Hollywood when he debuted as The Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns (2001). Some of his other movies include G. I Joe: Retaliation (2013), Hercules (2014), San Andreas (2015) and he has been a major character in the Fast and the Furious franchise. With every other movie of The Rock a box office success, The Rock, on December 13, 2017, earned another milestone in his life when he was featured at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one of the most prestigious honors in the world of showbiz.

Twitter has been abuzz since The Rock achieved his star.

 

According to Wrestlinginc.com, “Johnson also created The Rock Foundation in 2006, with a mission to educate, empower and motivate children worldwide through health and physical fitness. A dedicated philanthropist, Johnson is the current National spokesperson for the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Diabetes Aware Campaign. He is also a committed Celebrity Cabinet Member for The American Red Cross, and serves as a National Celebrity Wish Ambassador for The Make-A-Wish Foundation. In 2008, United States Congress and the United States Joint Leadership Commission recognized Johnson with the prestigious Horizon Award, the U.S. Congressional Award given to an individual in the private sector who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and provided opportunities for youth nationwide.”

We wish The Rock all the best in all of his future endeavors.

If you smell what The Rock is cooking!

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Who should induct The Undertaker into the WWE Hall of Fame?

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Now that news is surfacing regarding The Undertaker’s induction into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2018, questions are rising as to who will induct the greatest WWE Superstar ever?

He wrestled on the very first episode of WWE Monday Night RAW on January 11, 1993. He wrestled at WrestleMania VII in 1991 and he wrestled at WrestleMania 33 in 2017. His legendary stature in the WWE has been no less than an inspiring one for the rookies and an entertaining one for the WWE Universe. He is an institution in himself – a league of his own – a legend by all means! He is The Undertaker.

Be it Monday Night RAW or SmackDown, The Undertaker has always delivered his best in the ring. Whether it’s Summer Slam, Survivor Series, WrestleMania or any other pay-per-view extravaganza, he has fought with his soul and poured out his blood and sweat inside the ring.

After being defeated by Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 33, The Undertaker took off his coat, gloves, and hat and placed them in the middle of the ring, signaling that this match might have been his last.

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Throughout his career in the WWE that began in 1990, The Undertaker has had countless matches of all types. His gimmicks have also changed over the years that included Western Mortician, The Deadman, Lord of Darkness, leader of the Ministry of Darkness, The American Bad Ass, Big Evil, The Phenom and The Last Outlaw. Where his gimmick of The Deadman led him to create his Lord of Darkness and The Phenom persona, it was his American Bad Ass gimmick that earned him much admiration. Cladded in jeans and jacket, wearing sunglasses and bandana, The Undertaker would enter the arena riding his motorbike. Those were the good days.

The Undertaker was one tough competitor. He knew the WWE inside out. However, his winning streak at WrestleMania, the grandest stage of them all, gave him the legendary status he holds today. He enjoyed 21 consecutive wins at WrestleMania from WrestleMania VII on March 24, 1991, to WrestleMania 29 on April 7, 2013. Perhaps the most shocking moment in WWE and WrestleMania history came forth on April 6, 2014, at WrestleMania XXX when Brock Lesnar defeated The Undertaker, ending his streak. Michel Cole’s words still echo as if it were yesterday, “The Streak, is over!”

Now that news is surfacing regarding The Undertaker’s induction into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2018, questions are rising as to who will induct the greatest WWE Superstar ever?

In all honesty, I believe there are only three WWE Superstars who are worthy enough to induct The Undertaker. First, it is Kane, with whom The Undertaker reigned supreme as The Brothers of Destruction and won WWE Tag Team titles twice. However, it was the energy and electricity Kane and The Undertaker brought to the ring with them when fighting together. Their strength, agility, speed and height advantage over their opponents made them a force to reckon with.

Then there is Shawn Michaels. Michael became obsessed with The Undertaker and vowed to beat The Undertaker at WrestleMania and end his streak. He fought two amazing matches against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 25 (April 5, 2009) and WrestleMania 26 (March 28, 2010). However, he could not get the job done. Later, Shawn Michaels’ partner in DX, Triple H, stood up against The Undertaker and fought him at two consecutive WrestleManias to end his streak. He first tried his luck at WrestleMania 27 (April 3, 2011) and later at WrestleMania 28 (April 1, 2012).

The Undertaker vs Triple H at WrestleMania 28, also known as ‘End of an Era’ match contested inside Hell in a Cell with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee was one defining moment in WWE history. At one point even Michaels tried to influence the decision by hitting The Undertaker with a Sweet Chin Music followed by a Pedigree by Triple H. However, The Undertaker kicked out. Following the end of the match, the sight we saw was beyond comprehension as it is still etched in memory. Triple H was unable to walk up the ramp on his own strength. The WWE Universe and the world saw Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker help Triple H walk out of the ring. The three competitors hugged each other before exiting the arena, leaving millions of memories behind.

I personally believe both Shawn Michaels and Triple H should induct The Undertaker. They were part of the End of an Era match, and they should induct The Undertaker into the WWE Hall of Fame for he has led and defined an Era in the WWE more than once.

However, I also believe that The Undertaker should continue making appearances on Monday Night RAW or SmackDown even if his in-ring career has come to an end. The best decision by the WWE could be to bring back the American Bad Ass gimmick and make The Undertaker the General Manager of SmackDown. Now that will be the beginning of a new Era in the WWE!