Growing up, wrestling was one of the few things that I remember me and my dad having that was ours. Every Saturday morning we’d get up and watch the WWF together. Sometimes we would pretend that we were wrestlers, and my old man would always let me win.
By the time that “The Rock” came along on the wrestling scene, my dad and I had already stopped watching it together. Our era was the Hulk Hogan, Ricky Steamboat, Randy Macho Man Savage, Paul Orndoff, King Kong Bundy, and Andre the Giant era.
The Rock was the next generation, and by then I had already lost interest. It’s a shame though, I hear that The Rock era was quite entertaining.
Even so, through his films, and other activities I have come to know of The Rock. He is pretty much the Arnold Schwarzenneger of this generation. As far as action stars and entertainers go, he is one of the best currently doing it out there, and I’m a huge fan of his film work.
Dwayne Johnson is also a fitness fanatic, and his work ethic comes across in the gym as well as out. I respect that about him as well. The dude is jacked!
Speaking of fitness, interestingly I met his uncle some months ago. He works for a bus company that goes out to Pennsylvania. I was told about him by my brother in law who also works for the firm, and when I boarded a bus that was being driven by a very fit man, who had the same head structure as Dwayne, I introduced myself and asked if he was the uncle. He said yes, very cool dude. As you can see in the picture below, he is also pretty damn jacked up! Beastmode!
Today I read a story about The Rock getting into a fender bender. Well, technically it wasn’t a fender bender, it was a sideswipe that took some dude’s mirror. The Rock, instead of bailing, did what any good, honest man would do, and came back to the scene. Can you imagine if this was Justin Bieber or Lindsay Lohan, eh?
Dwayne Johnson came back and spoke to the man, offered to pay for the damage and so on. The gentleman was just happy to meet The Rock and didn’t care for the car situation. Maybe he’s rich too and doesn’t care for burning money on repairs? I don’t know.
I’m not particularly concerned about the financials, what caught my attention was the fact that the Dwayne Johnson did the right thing, and the other gentleman, Mr. Audie Bridges was very cool about it instead of going nuts as many others may have.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is a lesson on how men and women should behave. Respect to both of these upstanding gentlemen. Our government leaders and law enforcement could take a page out of their playbook!
Below is The Rock’s instagram post on the event.
Here’s a fun story to start your week off… I’m driving to set in my pick up truck – music blasting – I’m singing away like I’m having a one man party in my truck – then I hear a loud BANG. What the hell..? Look in my rear view and see I sideswiped another pick up that was parked in the street and destroyed the side mirror. First thing I thought was, “Aw crap.. someone’s not gonna be happy..”. I flipped a U-turn and drove back to scene. Just as I got out of my truck a guy was walking across the street to his truck. I said “Sir, is this your truck?”. He stopped and stared at me for a good 5 seconds, looked around his neighborhood, looked back at me and “Yes it is. Why?”. I said “Well, sorry to tell ya I sideswiped it and knocked the hell outta your mirror and may have done even more damage. You give me your info and I’ll leave you mine and I’ll take care of everything”. He stared at me again, cocked his head sideways and said..”Uhhh.. Are you The Rock?”. I said “Yup”. He broke out into a huge smile and said “Wow, this is gonna be an awesome story!”. I started belly laughing at that, then he started laughing and before you know it we’re both standing in the middle of the street pointing to his mirror and laughing like two ol’ crazy buddies. I checked back in with him a few days later and he refused to accept any money and said he fixed the damage himself. Want to thank Mr. Audie Bridges of Wakefield, Mass. for being so cool about the whole thing. Life is funny cause you never know who you’re gonna run into… and sure as hell never know who’s truck you’re gonna sideswipe while driving to work.
Growing Up Bronx
Please note the date on a post as it may be an old viewpoint. I keep old posts to show my evolution. The opinions and views expressed here are solely those of the author.