Dwayne Johnson is going back to the world of wrestling but not with the WWE. The Rock is teaming up with funny man Will Ferrell in a comedy series set behind the scenes of a fictional wrestling organization. The show will be based on real life events in Johnson’s early days as a professional wrestler (initially going under the name Rocky Maivia before becoming “The Rock”) and Brian Gewirtz, who had no experience in the wrestling world before he went on to become the head writer at WWE.
The show follows the pairing of a charismatic young wrestler, likely based on Johnson in his early wrestling days, who collaborates with an awkward comedy writer new to the world of wrestling. The wrestler does everything he can to help guide the former sitcom writer through the world of pro wrestling, including all the crazy passionate fans that come with it.
Here is what Dwayne Johnson has to say about the show.
This November will mark the 20th anniversary of my professional wrestling debut. I was 24 years old, putting in the hard work, making $40 bucks per match and had no clue of the long journey that lay ahead of me with characters and backstage stories so colorful you’d think there’s no way that can be true. The entertaining show that goes on in front of the crowd pales in comparison to the insanely entertaining show that goes on backstage. Brian and myself can’t wait to tell our stories.
Gerwitz also had the following to say.
Coming from Hollywood to the wrestling industry, with its intense backstage atmosphere and larger than life personalities, was a major culture shock. After working in the business for over 15 years, Dwayne and I had encounters and experiences that were unbelievable as well as unforgettable. We can’t wait to bring this project to the fans.
As a fan of pro wrestling growing up, then growing up to become a fan of Dwayne Johnson and Will Ferrell, this is one show I am definitely looking forward to. Johnson and Ferrell will both be producing the project and there is no news as yet on a release date.
Last Updated: October 25, 2016