THE ROCK has become one of the most famous people in the world and a global icon.
But the wrestling legend turned movie star almost ended up going through his career with a different name.
The 50-year-old broke into the World Wrestling Federation in 1996.
Back then he was called Rocky Maivia – a combination of his father and grandfather’s names.
The Rock, real name Dwayne Johnson, was hesitant to wrestle under that name in a bid to forge his own identity.
Speaking on WIRED’s YouTube channel last year, he explained: “I hated it because the lineage I had gave me the opportunity to at least knock on the door but I wanted my own identity, my own space.
“So I was very proud to come from who I came from, with my dad and my grandfather, my whole family’s wrestling.
“I still wanted my own space, so I said ‘I hate it’.
“He (Vince McMahon) said, ‘Okay, great, well that’s your name,’ and I went, ‘Okay.’
“So I embraced it and I did it, and that name did not stick.”
The Rock went on to become one of the most successful wrestlers in history.
He’s now a Hollywood superstar with over 300 million followers on Instagram and has a net worth of an estimated $800million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
And he revealed the name in the end came from a suggestion from WWE hall of fame Pat Patterson.
Johnson explained: ““Eventually, when I became a bad guy, it got truncated down to The Rock.
“A guy who was my father figure, Pat Patterson, was a mentor of mine in pro wrestling, and I lost him last year when I lost my dad at the same time.
“I lost my father and my father figure in the same year.
“He said: ‘Why don’t we call you The Rock?’ And I said, ‘I love it.’
“He goes, ‘Okay, you’re The Rock.’ That was it.”