Young Rock sets itself apart from the competition in a major way thanks to the fact that it details the life of one of Hollywood's biggest celebrities and his pro-wrestling past, and while that may be an added challenge, Dwayne Johnson's show does a great job at making it work. That's thanks in large part to a supporting cast of actors who portray iconic wrestlers of the past, some of which we still haven't seen.
CinemaBlend's Nick Venable asked Dwayne Johnson and co-creator Nahnatchka Khan about wrestling legends on Young Rock during a TCA panel for the series. Khan spoke about the challenge of bringing iconic '80s wrestlers to a television series using different actors and teased that there are more to come as the show continues.
Young Rock viewers have seen most of those names mentioned, save for one massive reveal. Young Rock will feature a portrayal of "Macho Man" Randy Savage, who has to be one of the biggest personalities in pro wrestling history. Macho Man will be played by actor Kevin Makely on Young Rock, and one can bet audiences will have things to say about the performance to see if it lives up to the wrestler's classic personality.
With that being said, Nahnatchka Khan seems to think they found the right actors for the job, as does Dwayne Johnson. Johnson talked about the significance of the roles for him on a personal level, considering he knew these classic wrestlers outside the ring in their normal lives as well.
If it's good enough for The Rock, it's hard to argue these actors and their portrayals of folks like André the Giant won't be good enough for old and current wrestling fans. It will be exciting to see what other wrestlers make an appearance, especially if the series goes on long enough to highlight Dwayne Johnson's WWE career. I can't be the only one who wants to see a Stone Cold Steve Austin portrayal in network primetime.
Young Rock airs on NBC Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET. So far, the series has not disappointed with wild stories about The Rock's youth, though there have been some changes between the show and what really happened in Dwayne Johnson's life. For a look at one of those examples, check out the differences in how the show portrayed when Dwayne got his first car here.
Mick likes good television, but also reality television. He grew up on Star Wars, DC, Marvel, and pro wrestling and loves to discuss and dissect most of it. He’s been writing online for over a decade and never dreamed he’d be in the position he is today.
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