Throwback Thursday: Walking Tall
On this day in 2004 Dwayne “The Rock” aka “The Peoples Champ” aka “The Brahma Bull” aka “The Corporate Champion” aka “The Great One” aka “The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment” Johnson starred in a remake of the 1973 classic Walking Tall. What Johnson lacked in experience in front of the camera he made up for in a plethora of nicknames and also in an overabundance of charisma. He definitely had that “It” factor and it was noticeable way back even before he started making quality action films. The Rock was a staple of WWE’s Attitude Era and a major reason why it succeeded in the first place. Alongside guys like Stone Cold Steve Austin and Triple H, Dwayne Johnson cemented himself as a future Hall of Famer and created a scenario where he could main event a pay per view one weekend and then fly off to finish work on a big budget film the next. The Rock will always be one of the most beloved Pro Wrestlers ever to lace his boots.
Walking Tall saw Johnson as a former soldier returning to his home town only to find it in a bad place. After a confrontation with some fellas at a casino, he finds himself even more pissed off about the current situation and decides to clean house using a variety of objects. The original film is most remembered for the hero’s use of the 2 X 4 as a weapon and you can bet your candy ass that The Rock ain’t afraid to use his wood to layeth the smacketh down on some jabronis.
Here he is laying the smack down on a guy in a casino.
Then he laid the smack down on a slot machine.
And finally he put a serious beating on some jabronis car in the parking lot.
That is a lot of ass kicking for one man!