The Rock speaks about the ‘Rocky Sucks’ chants

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The Rock speaks about the ‘Rocky Sucks’ chants

The Rock has the record for major participation in the main events of Raw (thirty-eight in 2000), of SmackDown (thirty-six in 2000), and, together with Stone Cold Steve Austin (twelve in 2001), of pay-per-view events in one year (twelve in 2000).

Considered to be one of the greatest professional wrestlers and biggest draws of all-time, The Rock headlined the most-bought professional wrestling pay-per-view event ever, WrestleMania XXVIII, and was featured in among the most watched episodes of WWE's television shows, WWE Raw and WWE SmackDown.

He has won several championships, being a two-time Intercontinental Champion, a five-time tag team champion, and a ten-time world champion. He was also a Royal Rumble match winner and WWE's sixth Triple Crown champion. During a recent Q&A session, he talked about the ‘Rocky Sucks’ chants: “In that time, in the world of pro wrestling, is it started to shift, and no longer did fans want tradition.

They wanted to buck tradition. They didn’t like cookie-cutter. They didn’t want stale. And they wanted anti-authority. Anti-authority came in the form of Stone Cold Steve Austin…I represented everything, at that time, that was wrong with pro wrestling, and the fans turned on me.

They started chanting, ‘Rocky sucks, Rocky –‘ at every arena that I went to. Now imagine, I’m the champion and at every arena that I went to they were chanting, ‘Rocky sucks.’ And it was hard for me, as you can imagine, psychologically, but also hard as a company.

The company’s scrambling like, ‘What do we do?’ They’ve never seen anything like this before. Vince McMahon said, ‘I’ve never seen anything like this, a visceral reaction that is so anti what we want.' ”