Big day for news about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson today. First, his upcoming Jumanji movie gets a trailer and now this story about how he came up with his ridiculous (and ridiculously popular) signature move “The People’s Elbow” drops into our lap.
You guys know “The People’s Elbow,” right? The Most Electrifying Move In Sports Entertainment?
Okay, for those of you who are somehow unfamiliar with “The People’s Elbow” it goes a little something like this…
Got it? Good. That move, right there, as silly as it is (and it is silly) has electrified arenas the world over like few other moves in professional wrestling history.
But have you ever wondered exactly how The Rock came up with that move? Or, for that matter? Why? Well, now we have the answer to both of those questions thanks to a recent appearance by Triple H on BBC 1 radio.
Here’s what he had to say…
“I can distinctly remember that, in a non-televised match, where we got to the point that, when you’re working in the smaller places and you’ve been on the road for 300 days and you’re in this place of ‘Let’s just make Taker break character tonight.'”
“And one night Rock did the People’s Elbow, but it wasn’t known as the People’s Elbow then.”
“It was known as: ‘Watch this move that’s going to make all of you lose it in your corners.'”
“And then it got to the point where it would happen at a couple of events and there was a night where, I think we were all working a tag match on TV, and [Mick] Foley said: ‘I dare you to do that elbow tonight.'”
“These things morph in those ways that they just catch on and, trust me, we’re quick to go: ‘Oh they like that. I’m sticking with that.'”
“You’ve gotta wait for like 20 minutes while he takes his elbow pad off and works the crowd. He runs back and forth, then he comes up and drops an elbow on you that looks like it barely touches you, except that a lot of times the point of his elbow hits you right in the mouth and you come up bleeding and you’re like, ‘How can you bust me open on that?’ It’s also so funny that you’re running away to the bank with it.”
Listening to him tell the story is even better, which you can do below, because I care.
And that, my friends, is FINALLY… how “The People’s Elbow” was born. Now then, can you smell what The Rock is cookin’?