Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. One of the biggest movie stars in the world and before that, one of the best wrestlers in the business. And now he’s taking his story to the small screen with “Young Rock”.
Johnson plays himself, who is running for President about a decade from now. During a sit down with Randall Park (Fresh Off The Boat, Wandavision), he walks us through the life he’s lived that lead him to where he’s at.
It’s a really pleasant time. And is an especially good time for wrestling fans.
We get a look at Dwayne’s pre teen life as a third generation wrestler under his father Rocky Johnson, and surrounded by legends like Andre The Giant, The Junkyard Dog and The Iron Sheik. We also get a look at his time playing college football (young Ed Orgeron!?) and beyond.
It does focus on some of the bad stuff too. Johnson stole when he was younger, and made some bad decisions always trying to impress others.
The cast great and the whole thing is well done. It’s solid stuff.
It’s not a perfect show. “Young Rock” suffers from “Entourage” syndrome (or I suppose Baller syndrome in this case). That being it never feels like the stakes are really high. And that could be a problem for longevity here.
And personal tastes will go a long way here. If you like wrestling and football, you’ll be more inclined to like this show. And if you’re a Dwayne Johnson fan, you’ll enjoy this show just fine.
Either way, I’m going to stick with Young Rock for a bit. Then again I have to. As someone who’s had to deal with comparisons to this guy for most of my life, “The Pebble” needs to understand what this is all about.