Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is an insanely inspiring human being. He's one of the biggest stars on the planet, figuratively and literally. He's proof that you can overcome anything, even this yearbook photo.
Dwayne Johnson was introduced to the world in the WWF in 1996. Back then, he was known as Rocky Maivia. He was the first third generation wrestler in the company, but had a hard time connecting with the fans.
Rocky traded in his goofy smile for a cool heel persona and became The Rock. He shot to superstardom in the wrestling world, becoming WWF champion several times and one of the biggest stars in the history of the industry. It wouldn't be long until Hollywood came calling.
By now The Rock was splitting his time between wrestling and acting. He already starred in The Scorpion King and this year starred in The Rundown. Wrestling was in his blood, but bigger opportunities awaited.
While that eventually came true, it didn't happen overnight. Surprisingly, like when he started in the WWF, he had a hard time connecting with audiences. He appeared in a string of flops and lost a lot of muscle mass, trying to reinvent himself.
Dwayne Johnson was a beloved figure, but not quite the "Franchise Viagra" he'd later become. He did show off his truly amazing comedic chops this year, however. He starred in the instantly memorable SNL skit, "The Rock Obama."
The Rock could have been known as "Disney Dwayne" at this point. He acted in several family friendly flicks. However, it looked like he was starting to put some size back on. Could he be preparing for a return to action movies?
Yup. Dwayne Johnson starred in Fast Five, bringing the sagging franchise back to life. It was a smash hit, and Hollywood saw Johnson in a whole new light. He'd also soon make another long-awaited return.
Finally, The Rock has come back... to the WWE. The Rock returned in 2011, challenging new face of the company John Cena to a match at the next year's Wrestlemania. And at the 28th iteration of the event, The Rock walked out the victor of this legitimate dream match.
The Rock had become the most electrifying man in all of entertainment at this point. What made him so popular weren't just his films, but his openness and relationship with his fans. He constantly posted on social media, inspiring others and showing off his insanely muscular physique.
Twenty years earlier, Dwayne Johnson had seven dollars to his name. Now, he was one of the richest and most charitable men on Earth. Rumors even circulated of a 2020 presidential run. If history has taught us anything, it's to not doubt what this man can do.