There is no badder badass in the world than The Rock. The fact that he can revert back to his significantly less badass birth name of Dwayne Johnson and not lose an ounce of his badassitude speaks to his impossibly high level of bassassery.
He burst onto the world’s wrestling ring in 1996, first as “Rocky Maivia”, and then as simply “The Rock” a year later. His WWF (now WWE) days made him a star, allowing him to showcase his swagger, charisma, epic bouts with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and infamous rallying cry “Do you smell what The Rock is cooking?” We never could at home, but we imagined that it smelled like eau de badass and pain. Lots and lots of pain.
Hollywood beckoned, and soon big budget movie offers started to roll in, starting with The Mummy Returns in 2001. He became Dwayne Johnson on the big screen, but he’ll always be The Rock in our hearts. The muscle-man celebrates 40 years of badassness today, so to celebrate his birthday we’ve assembled his 40 most badass pictures of all time. Badass.
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