The season premiere of NBC’s Young Rock sees Dwayne shutting up his bullies in his college gym in perfect fashion.
WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the premiere of the series Young rock, “Working the Gimmick,” which aired Tuesday on NBC.
NBC Young stone covers many funny career-defining moments in Dwayne Johnson’s life. The first episode shows his 10-year-old self in the early 80s, Dewey (Adrian Groulx), taking on Andre the Giant, as well as his high school iteration (Bradley Constant) trying to steal and look good for the ladies.
However, there is an intriguing moment where Dwyane undermines humor with a solid and intimidating lesson in how to deal with bullies, and he does it perfectly.
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This chapter of the premiere focuses on Dwayne (Uli Latukefu) during his first day at the University of Miami. At first, soccer coaches and scouts rave about him, but when he finally gets there, his teammates revere him more than he bargained for. It turns out this is all because their father, Rocky Johnson, appeared earlier and lied to them that the father-son duo will be on the cover of Wheaties.
Pops is working on the trick, something that taught Dwayne to live and breathe every day for the past 20 years. But all the boy wanted was for his dad to show up and give him some love. Still, Dwayne can’t sell his father and has to keep up the lie, admitting that the cereal box won’t come out in America. When one of the boys says he can get it because he has a family in Singapore, Dwayne mistakes his geography and they realize he’s lying. With everything on the table, all of his teammates start teasing him, but an embarrassed Dwayne has the perfect answer. He walks past them, giving off his iconic Rock fire in the process, and proceeds to the bench press. The school record at 225 pounds is 35 reps, so Dwayne pushes 36, sending the entire locker room into a frenzy.
At this point, bullies back off and give you the respect you demand. It seems like an ideal situation given that Dwyane would go on to become a muscular titan and one of the most amazing physical specimens ever, but as he tells Randall Park going forward, it’s not just about looks, it’s about feeling confident.
Park asks if that moment in school was when he decided to be real, but Dwayne makes it clear that he just had to find a way to make the trick work his way. That’s why he wants to use the truth, backing up everything he said and keeping all his promises he made in and out of the ring, to run for president in 2032.
Starring Dwayne Johnson, Joseph Lee Anderson, Stacey Leilua, Adrian Groulx, Bradley Constant, Uli Latukefu, Ana Tuisila, Fasitua Amosa, and John Tui, Young rock airs Tuesdays at 8 pm ET / PT on NBC.
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