Thursday isn’t the only day for throwbacks.
On Sunday, Dwayne Johnson shared a video of his very first wrestling match from 20 years earlier. The brief clip features a young Johnson declaring, “we’re naughty by nature, and violent by decision,” before walking out towards a ring decked out only in sunglasses and a Speedo.
In a lengthy caption, Johnson wrote that he had just driven to Memphis from Miami. Strapped for cash, he stayed with “a very nice elderly couple willing to rent out a room to me” because, of course, The Rock crashed with an elderly couple when he was starting out — did you ever doubt it?
Johnson also used his caption to poke fun at his younger self.
“Y’all keep working hard at your goals and creating opportunities for yourselves, always be humble and never, and I repeat NEVER wear sunglasses inside a TV studio like I did here,” Johnson wrote. “What in theeeee f—!??”
BIG DEBUT… crazy to share this with y'all.. so surreal to see this classic footage from of my VERY FIRST wrestling match in Memphis, for the #USWA (United States Wrestling Association). I just drove my truck up from Miami to Memphis, had no bank account to my name (just carried cash) and luckily found a very nice elderly couple living in a house on Union Avenue who was willing to rent out a room to me. I'll always remember it was Union Ave because every day I would drive by the world famous #SunRecords where the likes of Elvis, Jerry Lee and Johnny Cash had recorded early in their careers. In a weird way driving by that studio everyday kinda kept me motivated to stay grinding. I was 23yrs old, making $40 bucks per match and NO CLUE of the long journey that lay ahead of me. But I was then, as I am today, extremely grateful for the opportunity and always willing to put in the work. Y'all keep working hard at your goals and creating opportunities for yourselves, always be humble and never, and I repeat NEVER wear sunglasses inside a TV studio like I did here. What in theeeee f*ck!?? 😂 #NaughtyByNature #ViolentByDecision #Huh? #ClearlyImStillLearningHowToCutAPromo #USWA #Channel5Studios #LiveEverySaturdayMorning #FlexKavana #HumbleAndHungry #TheHardestWorkerInTheRoom #LetsGoToWaffleHouse