UFC middleweight Israel Adesanya credits Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and WWE Attitude Era for one particular reason

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is a polarizing figure in sports and entertainment. The Rock had great success in WWE and became one of the most popular superstars of all time. The Great One is a former 10-time WWE World Champion and had a storied career. He has since transcended WWE to become one of Hollywood’s biggest megastars. The Rock’s fanbase and reach keep growing with each new project.

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One person who looks up to The Rock is none other than current UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. Adesanya is an incredible athlete and dominant fighter. He has won several championships in different combat sports. ‘The Last Stylebender’ is a mixed martial artist, kickboxer and former boxer. Plus, he’s been a lifelong WWE fan.

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Recently, Israel appeared on The MMA Hour podcast and shared how he loves WWE and how it has played a huge part in his life. One particular person he looks up to is The Rock, especially for how The Rock owned the scene.

“I respect this guy. I’ve loved it since The Attitude Era. This is already well known. Even after the fight when I was talking to Booker T. Those guys, I looked at them and I looked at how they owned the scene and it influences you. Certainly, my attendance was influenced by watching years of The Attitude Era of WWE. said Israel.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 27: Israel Adesanya of Nigeria celebrates after defeating Paulo Costa of Brazil in his middleweight championship bout at UFC 253 inside the Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

Another person Israel looked up to was Booker T. Israel further stated that he and his family loved wrestling growing up and would try to emulate wrestlers. Especially the wrestlers of The Attitude Era.

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and the Attitude Era

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The Rock remains one of the most popular WWE Superstars in history. Although he appears a lot less on WWE TV now, he’s still a huge draw. However, the 10-time WWE World Champion’s career culminated in the infamous Attitude Era.

The Attitude Era was WWE’s masterstroke to win the Monday Night Wars against WCW. When you think of The Attitude Era, there are two wrestlers who eclipsed everyone. These two wrestlers are Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock.

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These two superstars had stellar matches and they carried WWE through its most turbulent time. The Rock has incredibly ended up with the fans because of his incredible promotions and hard-hitting style of wrestling. The Rock rose to stardom in The Attitude Era, upon which he has now built his incredible legacy.

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