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dVerse — prosery — The Rock cries out…

The Rock, a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson was there when professional wrestling went from two chubby, hairy guys wearing unitards to tanned muscular bodies wearing glittery spandex. From 1996-2004, Dwayne glammed and glitzed the crowds with his magnificent form, his skilled moves, and his charisma — before leaving for Hollywood.

WWE languished without its star and Johnson was enticed to return in 2007. Ratings soared.

In 2016, WWE’s wrestlers began wearing swastikas and confederate flags – and the scripts called for these wrestlers to win.

Johnson was called in to management, who said, “You’re contract is up. There will be no renewal. Our partners are taking another direction.”

They wouldn’t say who the partners were.

That night when The Rock got into the ring, all ears heard:

The Rock cries out to [you] today. You may stand upon me, but do not hide your face.”



Frank J. Tassone is today’s host for dVerse.  Frank says:
include this line from that poem using 144 words or fewer (excluding title) that includes the line in our prose:

 The Rock cries out to us today, You may stand upon me, But do not hide your face.

Maya Angelou, “On the Pulse of Morning” (excerpt) from On the Pulse of Morning. Copyright © 1993 by Maya Angelou. Used by permission of Random House, an imprint and division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.
Source: The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (Random House Inc., 1994)

Image and a lot of information about The Rock is found here.

Note:  Part of this story is fiction and part is not.

WWE stands for World Wrestling Entertainment

32 thoughts on “dVerse — prosery — The Rock cries out…

    1. Thanks, Bjorn. I watched it years ago with my sons, and then for a couple of years in 2012-2013. I did notice some of the more “alt-right thinking” creeping in to some of the characters at that time. I’m sure it’s gotten worse since 2016. What people don’t understand is that kids need heroes. Many kids idolize wrestling heroes, so this trend is more than a little troubling.


  1. Bravo. I had considered using Dwayne myself, but I really like where you took it. For 10 years he has made 2-3 movies a year, plus BALLERS. He is a billionaire for sure. He replaced Arnie.

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  2. My husband and I used to love wrestling years ago, Our favourite was The Undertaker, but I always had a soft spot for The Rock – and I loved him in The Mummy Returns.We haven’t watched in years and I didn’t know that WWE’s wrestlers wear swastikas and confederate flags!

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    1. Kim, my favorite WWE wrestler is The Apex Predator, Randy Orton. Not even sure if Randy still wrestles, it’s been a few years since watching. As to the wrestlers wearing literal swastikas and confederate flags, that was poetic license (see note) but the types of characters (good old boys with “colonel” managers, redneck costumes) was trending that way when I stopped watching. Not sure what the present state of it all is, but since our current pres got elected I’m guessing the decline has continued.

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  3. Lord i did a Biographical Search
    on ‘the Rock’ as it’s not a Movie
    Genre or Wrestling Meme that i watch
    Finding out his Father Rocky a Wrestler
    Died just last Week.. He seems to be a Compassionate
    Figure who hasn’t let fame go totally to his Head..
    but His use of ‘Substances’
    to ‘enhance’ his ‘Appearance’
    is worrisome for his Health
    at least… How Big does
    one need to get
    to Be.. as
    an Athletic
    Director of a
    Military Installation
    i’ve seen that dis ease
    a common ‘dude thing’ these
    days too.. we had an employee by
    the Name of ‘Animal’ and behind the
    Gym Counter he had a poster that
    inspired the words ‘i am Big’..
    Truly the Rock seems
    to Have a Magnanimous
    Kind and Compassionate
    Personality a bit sad to
    see him get sucked
    down into the
    really what
    can be Life Threatening
    Overall Toxic Patriarchy too..
    there is the Man inside always
    bigger than the man outside the real source of a Rock..:)

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      1. Smiles i’m not sure what kind of substances
        he might be using but Human Growth Hormone
        would account for increases in the Skeletal structure
        of His Head… working-out doesn’t increase that but Pituitary
        Gland issues do as that relates to Human Growth Hormone too…
        for his Health
        surely best
        if he is not
        using anything
        and doesn’t have
        any disease related issues..
        Hollywood is rife with this issue…
        those who don’t fall to it don’t rise to the same level of success
        That’s really sad but it is the Nature of current success whatever it takes..:)

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