Julius “Dr. J’ Erving was a pioneer in the NBA. The NBA Hall of Famer and NBA champion mixed both style and substance to game of basketball. The former slam dunk champion also introduced many to the “slam dunk.”
Comparatively in wrestling, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Bret Hart, The Undertaker, Dusty Rhodes and Stone Cold Steve Austin are considered elite.
Just don’t forget Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on that list. After all, The Rock has won multiple WWE championship belts and acted in tons of movies.
“He was LeBron, he was Julius Erving, he was Jordan,” WWE Hall of Famer, Mark Henry told me. “He transcended the business because he was a transcending guy.”
That’s a mouthful. In the 70s, Dr. J wore Converse sneakers and donned afros like Dr. J. In the 90s, everybody wanted to wear Nike and be like Mike.
While MJ won six championships with the iconic Chicago Bulls along with head coach, Phil Jackson and teammates, Horace Grant, Scottie Pippen, Steve Kerr and Dennis Rodman, Jordan’s emphasis on brand and branding cannot be overlooked.
LeBron James, now a member of the Angeles Lakers is thrown into the Greatest of All-Time debate. He’s won championships with the two other teams that he played for: the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Now in LA, he has the tall task of eventually winning a championship for the purple and gold.
So is LeBron the G.O.A.T.?
“It’s very subjective,” Dr. J, Julius Erving told me on Scoop B Radio. “You say: ‘Michael or LeBron who was better’ or who was the greatest, the GOAT, that is for the fans to argue about.”
Back to wrestling, Mark Henry believes that what makes The Rock a WWE great is his knowledge of those who came before him.
Henry says that The Rock would quiz him on his knowledge of the greats. “He asked me if I had ever watched his grandfather,” recounted Henry.
“If I had ever watched Big John Stud and he named about five or six big guys and I was like, “yeah, I love seeing them”, he said: “no, like did you study the psychology, like why they did things?” and I’m like, “not really”, and he said “you should”, and he was right. That was one of the things that he did for the business that a lot of people didn’t understand.”
“It’s a testament of your education and the history that you know, because Dwayne would do things that only a third generation guy would do and he would force you to be up on the history, so you would know where you’re going.”
GettyWWE legend Mark Henry during a 2011 Smackdown Live event in South Africa.
The Rock’s knowlege was superb. So were his skills!
Last year on the Scoop B Radio Podcast, Ken Shamrock told me that The Rock made him better and was the real deal. “His mic skills, the way he played his character, I got to learn quite a bit in that area …read more