WWE: The Undertaker claims he flipped the script to give The Rock a huge win

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The Undertaker has claimed he once called “an audible” to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson a big moment early in his WWE career.

The legendary Dead Man, who has faced the Hollywood heavyweight a few times over the years, has weighed in on the importance of helping the next generation of stars as he remembered The Rock’s arrival on the scene.

Appear on Cold as balls with Kevin Hart, Undertaker was asked about a ‘changing of the guard’ and said, ‘Certainly one of them would be your mate, The Rock, way back when you could tell he was here, on the doorstep.

“We were in a match on Monday Night Raw, everything was happening, it got kind of screwed up and I had to be heard. I had to change things. I’m the regular vet there, and I remember telling him, “Okay, kid, it’s your night!”

“He hit me with the Rock Bottom, he hit me. It was the right thing to do for business. I said to Vince, “I said, look, we were in trouble for time,” he said, “I trust you.” ‘

Dwayne’s 1996 debut match was not only at MSG, but also at Survivor Series, which was arguably WWE’s biggest show outside of WrestleMania at the time.

It wasn’t the best start in the ring for Johnson, and the Phenom rather remembered thinking that: the Great’s career was over before he really started.

“I had no idea how charismatic he was. I was like, “Such a shame, he won’t be here long,” he told Gary Vaynerchuk on YouTube. “I mean, they handcuffed him right away, didn’t they?

‘I remember looking at him and the garden’ [fans], they are ruthless if they don’t like what you do. And man, they just lit it.”

Undertaker’s early rating was not an isolated one, and even Triple H – one of The Rock’s biggest rivals – admitted he had similar reservations and never expected things to turn out the way they did.

Speak with metro.co.uk in October 2019, he said, “The funny thing is that for a lot of people – when Rocky Maivia walked in the door, nobody said ‘Oh, this guy is going to change’ – I mean, maybe some people saw it.

“But a lot of people didn’t say ‘oh these guys are going to change the world and become the biggest movie star ever!’ ‘

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