Matt Hardy On Whether Anyone In WWE Saw The Rock’s Potential From The Start


Matt Hardy has said that while some in WWE knew Rocky Maivia was a special act when he began, nobody predicted the success he would go on to have.

Rocky Maivia made his televised on-screen debut at Survivor Series 1996 and was the sole survivor of his team.


During the latest episode of his “Extreme Life of Matt Hardy” podcast, Matt discussed The Rock’s success and his origins in WWE. He said,

“I mean, he seemed like a special act. I mean, I don’t think anybody, when he first debuted as Rocky Maivia I don’t think anyone really would have immediately thought he was going to come to this huge media star, The Rock, you know, with everything he’s done, but I think he was always gifted and always special and just everything in the right path. And he’s literally the biggest star in the world right now. One of the biggest stars in the world.”

Hardy began competing for WWE in 1994 but was not signed to a full-time contract until 1998.

WWE is reportedly hopeful that the Brahma Bull will return in time for WrestleMania 39 in April 2023.

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