Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson On Recreating ’70s Wrestling For Young Rock

When Young Rock premieres on NBC in February, the half-hour comedy series will tell the story of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s life at three formative ages–10 years old, 15 years old, and 18 years old. Of course, The Rock’s life is a pretty unique one, making it the perfect setting for a weird and wild love letter to pro wrestling that recreates the industry as it was in the 1970s.

The son of WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson and a descendent of the legendary Anoa’i wrestling family, The Rock was practically born into professional wrestling royalty and surrounded by the industry from a very young age. The wrestling industry as he knew it, though, is quite a bit different from today’s sports entertainment. In portraying that, Young Rock is able to give an honest look at the industry that made Johnson famous, for better or worse, and the impact it had on his life.

“From my perspective, this was truly a love letter to professional wrestling, which is a business that I grew up in and a business that I’ve loved all my life and learned some of my most valuable, while very unorthodox, lessons coming out of the world of pro wrestling,” he explained during the TCA winter press tour. “So to highlight and showcase these men who were, in essence, my superheroes–they didn’t wear capes when I was a little boy.”

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