Dwayne Johnson is one of the most famous stars on the planet nowadays, but there was a time when he was just trying to rise through the ranks of WWE like The Rock. We all know The Rock has managed to achieve great success and have a career worthy of the Hall of Fame, but according to former WWE champion Bret Hart, there were people backstage who didn't want to see The Rock succeed in WWE.
And these are people of great importance, given that they respond to the names of Shawn Michaels and especially Triple H. Bret Hart had already told similar episodes in the past but returned to the subject in an intervention at 81 Podcast, in which he returned to the facts of 1997.
Specifically, he explained some background about a match valid for the intercontinental title held that year on Raw against the emerging The Rock. On that occasion, in fact, he explained that Triple H did everything to convince him to beat The Rock and win the belt.
"Triple H and maybe even Shawn [Michaels] were pretty ruthless," Bret Hart recalled. "If someone had bonded with me or connected with me, they would have tried to ruin it. Even someone like Dwayne Johnson. They really tried to put a spoke in the wheel and crush his career.
I remember always telling Dwayne to listen to those two guys. He was a really good talent and he didn't need them."
Bret Hart reflects on Triple H and The Rock
Then the facts of 1997: "I was just back from the big interview about America, then I was planning a match against The Rock and they wanted me to beat him.
Triple H did everything. He wanted me to beat Dwayne and win the title. 'What do I need the intercontinental title for?', I tried to explain. But things were going exactly like this: We wrote Figure Four, Steve Austin arrived, Owen [Hart] and Davey [Boy Smith] arrived, there was a lot of interference," Bret Hart continued, "I remember.
that Triple H was going crazy because he was mad at Dwayne and wanted to ruin him. He hated him. I remember saying that I liked Dwayne instead. He had just gotten the intercontinental title and there was no need for me to take it from him."
Bret Hart then explained, in even clearer words: "I didn't want to be the intercontinental champion. It was all politics, Triple H was trying to send me to the intercontinental title instead of the world title. It didn't make any sense.
I told Vince that I didn't want to beat Dwayne for the title, which wasn't for me. I suggested he keep it." From here was born great respect between the expert champion and the great promise, despite the fact that their respective careers then divided them.
Bret Hart confirmed it himself: "I think Dwayne has always appreciated the fact that I fought for him. I didn't want to beat him, I wanted to support him on the path that would lead him to become a money machine. It's a shame I didn't work. with him if not that night."