Since early on in his professional wrestling
career, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been
a fan favorite.
With his charming appeal, his shift to Hollywood
superstar appeared to go off without a hitch.
However, there have been some who don’t buy
These are the stars who can’t stand The Rock.
While filming Fast & Furious 8 in 2016, Dwayne
Johnson shared an Instagram post criticizing
some of his male co-stars.
Vanity Fair transcribed the since-deleted
post, quoting Johnson:
“Some conduct themselves as stand up men and
true professionals, while others don’t.
The ones that don’t are too chicken s— to
do anything about it anyway.
It was reported that the target for The Rock’s
criticism was Vin Diesel, something Johnson
all but confirmed when he thanked pretty much
everyone from the Fast & Furious franchise
on Instagram except for Diesel.
While The Rock later told Entertainment Tonight
the feud was the result of, quote, “different
philosophies,” Diesel, who typically seemed
eager to shut down any talk of their beef,
shed light on their relationship.
He told USA Today, before explaining how he
paved the way for Johnson as, quote, “the
first multicultural megastar in Hollywood.”:
“Dwayne has only got one Vin in his life.
Dwayne Johnson only has one big brother in
this film world and that’s me…I’m always
rooting Dwayne on.”
By the summer of 2019, Diesel sent what appeared
to be an official olive branch to Johnson
on Instagram, speaking appreciatively of his
work on the spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw, and congratulating
him on his wedding.
The Rock thanked Diesel in an Instagram video
that said in part,
“I appreciate it, brother, as you know, and
what a wild ride this is and what a wild ride
this has been.”
Showbiz feud or not, it seems these two will
always be family.
When Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel threw shade
at each other, Fast & Furious’ Tyrese Gibson
made it clear that he wasn’t involved.
Entertainment Tonight reported that in a now-deleted
post on Instagram, he explained how he felt
about The Rock:
“He’s my brother we have NEVER had a problem
and will never have a problem.”
But that all changed when Fast & Furious 9
was pushed back a year.
It was revealed that Johnson had scored his
solo spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw, but not before
Gibson slammed Johnson on Instagram for, quote,
“making the fast and the furious franchise
about YOU,” and questioned whether it would,
“be another Baywatch,” a Johnson-led flick
While Hobbs & Shaw would take the top spot
at the box office, Gibson took another public
shot at Johnson for the movie’s less-than-stellar
opening weekend numbers compared to the mainline
Fast & Furious movies.
According to MovieWeb, Gibson wrote in part
in a since-deleted Instagram:
Breaking up the family clearly doesn’t have
the value that one would assume it does.
Hobbs & Shaw Has Lowest Fast & Furious Box
Office Opening Since Tokyo Drift.”
But Johnson made sure to let certain people
know by tweeting:
“Remember, the best way to shut the mouth
of a [clown] is to flex with success and a
“Are you serious right now?”
Gibson later admitted regret over how he’d
aired his grievances, but has yet to publicly
It’s not exactly clear what happened between
Shawn Michaels and Dwayne Johnson, but there
are a couple of different accounts that suggest
these wrestling legends never really liked
each other behind the scenes.
According to Johnson’s dad, Rocky, the beef
allegedly started because Michael’s threw
a stiff kick to The Rock’s face during a match
against fellow wrestler and Michaels’ best
friend, Triple H. Johnson’s father told The
“Shawn threw the karate kick, and I guess
he kicked him a little bit too hard.
So Dwayne came back into the dressing room
and told him, ‘Hey man, you hit me too hard.
But then [Michaels] got smart with him.
He said, ‘If you can’t take it, you shouldn’t
be in this business.’
And then, next thing you know, he’s on the
floor and Dwayne’s on top of him.”
As Johnson was rising in the WWE ranks, Michaels
reportedly worked hard to keep him down.
But when The Rock became the WWE’s biggest
star and got to wrestle whomever he wanted,
Michaels was never considered.
Johnson told WWE.com:
“I was never ever interested in working with
him, to be honest with you.”
John Cena and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson have
become quite close in recent years, but things
weren’t always peachy between the wrestlers-turned-actors.
In fact, Johnson told Jimmy Kimmel that before
Cena became one of his best friends that:
“Our rivalry was, now we can look back on
it, it was so real.
Like we had real problems with each other.”
After Johnson made his transition out of wrestling,
Cena became vocal about how he felt about
Cena told The Sun in 2008:
“He, at one point, loved wrestling and wanted
to do this all of his life.
Explain to me why he can’t come back for a
15th Anniversary show or why he can’t make
an appearance at WrestleMania.
Simply put, it’s because he wants to be an
Just don’t f— me around and tell me that
you love this when you are just doing this
to do something else.
That’s the only thing that gets me really
But that was before Cena himself began focusing
He was asked about this retrospective hypocrisy
in an interview with Gorilla Position a decade
Cena admitted he was wrong, stating:
“This is a very tough balancing act and…I
called [Johnson] out because of ignorance.
I called him out as someone who had tunnel
vision in WWE and didn’t understand the process
that when you make a movie, you are not allowed
to do anything else.”
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one of those
stars who don’t often let things go on social
If a fan shouts out to him on Twitter, there’s
a chance he’ll respond.
If a wrestler mentions him by name, it’s almost
guaranteed to lure him into a rebuttal.
That was the hard-learned lesson that professional
wrestler TJ Perkins received after he took
a bit of a shot at The Rock on Twitter.
When Perkins was asked if there was a motto
he lived by every day, the WWE’s first Cruiserweight
champion gave an more vulgar version of the
“Just do it” Nike slogan.
Another follower then suggested a quote from
“Always be the hardest worker in the room.”
It was here that Perkins appeared to give
Johnson a jab, tweeting alongside a wink emoji:
“That goes without question.
But real ones don’t say it out loud.”
Johnson didn’t love the remark and made sure
Perkins knew it.
He tweeted in response:
“Yeah that Rock fella has a big mouth.
I never heard of you CJ but I wish you the
best of luck in the wrestling biz champ.”
Perkins accepted the chirp as good as one
can, but also jokingly replied:
“Damn, now I gotta change my name to CJ.
Those are the rules.”
Even though he took his supposed public shaming
well, it’s unlikely Perkins became a bigger
fan of Dwayne Johnson after that.
After WrestleMania 27 drew in more than a
million buyers on Pay-Per-View in 2011, many
were quick to give Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
After all, that was the night when he would
make his return to WrestleMania after seven
According to the Bleacher Report:
“The success of this show hinged on one man
and one man alone: the Rock.”
But not everyone was as convinced that Johnson
was responsible for the historic numbers.
CM Punk, one of the stars of the event, felt
that The Rock’s impact was mightily overblown.
He said on Mark Madden’s radio show:
“I have no personal problems against Dwayne.
It’s very frustrating being here and watch
a guy come in and get credit for a WrestleMania
buyrate when he didn’t do anything on the
He certainly didn’t do anything entertaining.”
Punk also went on to suggest that The Rock’s
whole bit was outdated:
“There’s a line he crossed at some point where
I think he is just as out of touch as the
Vince McMahons and everybody else.
I’m not calling Rock old, he’s still obviously
a young physical fit guy but his ideas are
old and his shtick is corny in my opinion.”
The Rock defeating Punk in 2013 to win the
WWE Championship title following Punk’s hold
on it for over 400 days probably didn’t help
There’s a long-standing legend in wrestling
that Kevin Nash wasn’t thrilled with Dwayne
“The Rock” Johnson after he went off-script
during a promo.
According to rumors, Johnson improvised the
famous line, “Big Daddy b—-,” which caught
Nash off guard.
More importantly, Nash allegedly felt that
the insult made his character look weak.
It’s possible that The Rock’s unscripted shot
was his way of returning some ill treatment
from Nash dating back to their WCW days.
While neither Johnson nor Nash ever verified
this story, Nash has addressed their relationship
in other spots.
He said in an interview with Title Match Wrestling
“I’m sure I rubbed him the wrong way…He
had already p—ed all over his territory,
and I went in there and said, ‘Dude, I’ll
knock you the f— out.'”
Nash has more recently said that he respects
Johnson, telling the Daily DDT in 2019 that
he credits The Rock for being the wrestler-turned-actor
who, quote, “opened the door for all of us”
To say that Tony Norris, a.k.a. Ahmed Johnson,
can’t stand Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wouldn’t
be entirely accurate, but the former wrestler
certainly hasn’t been shy about sharing gossip
about his colleague.
During a lengthy 2013 Perfect Plex Radio interview,
Ahmed Johnson stated:
“The Rock is the best in history on the mic.
You will never find another guy like that…on
But then Ahmed Johnson claimed that he and
The Rock once got into it backstage, stating:
“He made the statement that his mother had
an affair with a white guy and got pregnant
with him…So, he was denying his black heritage
all the way around.”
Ahmed Johnson added that he confronted The
Rock over the matter, saying:
“That led to a fight between me and him in
the locker room.
A fist fight.”
In another interview with Workin’ Punch Productions
in 2016, Ahmed Johnson shed more light on
this locker room scuffle:
“I didn’t like the fact that he was getting
a little too cocky for me, and we had a match
coming up, matter of fact that same night.
We was going to the match, and I was willing
to do his high spots, but he wasn’t willing
to do all mine…We got into a little confrontation
It’s safe to say that Randy Orton isn’t the
biggest fan of The Rock.
The wrestler made that known when he was asked
about an upcoming WrestleMania match between
The Rock and John Cena during a 2011 ESPN
After initially using the question to slam
Johnson for stepping away from wrestling and
focusing on acting, Orton criticized The Rock’s
abilities as a wrestler and entertainer.
“I think Cena will own The Rock.
I think Cena is wittier and can go off the
Cena writes his own stuff, while The Rock
has stuff written for him.
It just all comes down to who you are in the
ring and what kind of performer you are in
the ring, and I think Cena is 10 times the
performer in the ring that The Rock is.”
Recalling this infamous interview on KUPD
Radio, Orton revealed that he was put on notice.
Orton stated that:
“I heard [WWE Chairman] Vince [McMahon] was
And John Laurinaitis, the Vice President of
Talent Relations, pulled me aside and had
a little talk with me and told me that Vince
was upset and I shouldn’t have said this going
Basically, Rock called the office and he said,
‘Yeah, you know, Randy Orton did an interview
and he buried me.'”
According to Orton, he later confronted Johnson
“Is that what we do here?”
“You shouldn’t have told them that.”
WWE fans have always kind of felt that Dwayne
“The Rock” Johnson and Triple H weren’t friends.
There was just an energy between the two that
And according to wrestling industry legends
Bruce Prichard and Ric Flair, there was definitely
some friction there.
While chatting about the two wrestlers on
Nation podcast, Prichard claimed:
“The Rock and [Triple H] didn’t really care
for each other.”
At this point, Flair interjected with a laugh,
saying, “I don’t think they do right now.”
In response, Prichard said:
“I don’t know now.
I’ll tell ya, at the time, there was a professional
I mean, it was brutal…The audience, man,
they felt it because it was real.
There was animosity there.
There was professional jealousy there.
And these two guys didn’t like each other.”
According to Triple H, whose real name is
Paul Michael Levesque, while the two men battled
for their entire careers, it was always professional.
He said during a Facebook Live session the
“It’s always competitive with Rock and I from
the very start of our careers.
He and I, over the years, we’ve had this interesting
rivalry at a time in our lives when we were
really trying to establish ourselves and make
At the very least, it seems like it worked
out well for both of them.
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