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WWF fans started to reject his character and push from the company.
On April 20, at In Your House 14: Revenge of the 'Taker, he lost to Savio Vega by countout but retained the title.
He then refused to acknowledge the Rocky Maivia name, instead referring to himself in the third person as The Rock, though he would still be billed as Rocky "The Rock" Maivia until 1998.
The Rock would then regularly insult the audience, WWF performers, and interviewers in his promos.
He initially aspired for a professional career in football and entered the 1995 NFL Draft, but he went undrafted.
As a result, Johnson signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL), but was cut from the team in the middle of his first season.
Shortly after, he began training as a professional wrestler.
In 1996, Johnson secured a contract with the WWF and was promoted as the first third-generation wrestler in the company's history, as he is the son of Rocky Johnson and grandson of Peter Maivia.
Johnson was a promising football prospect and received offers from many Division I collegiate programs.
He first appeared as the character in Fast Five (2011) and helped catapult the film series into one of the top-grossing movie franchises in history.
He then attended Montclaire Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina before moving to Hamden, Connecticut where he spent a couple years at Shepherd Glen Elementary School and Hamden Middle School.
On March 29, at Wrestle Mania XIV, he defeated Shamrock by disqualification once again to retain the title.
The next night, on Raw is War, The Rock debuted a new Intercontinental Championship design and would later overthrow Faarooq as leader of the Nation of Domination to spark a feud between the two.