Classic Rock in a new role
TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
Dwayne Johnson is, without a doubt, still one of the most electrifying performers in sports entertainment. It's just not in a wrestling ring. Johnson, whom we came to love/hate as The Rock, is making movies, with Disney's The Game Plan opening in theatres Sept. 28.
Johnson, who stars as pro quarterback Joe Kingman, is thrilled to enjoy success beyond wrestling.
"I love entertaining audiences,"he said over the phone the other day.
"Wrestling was a great training ground to hone in on a lot of the comedy. You're doing your jokes in front of 20,000 people. You either sink or swim. "In the wrestling world, I could never be the biggest or the baddest, but I always wanted to be the most entertaining."
Johnson says he's done with wrestling. "I retired 4 1/2 years ago. My growth (in wrestling) had become non-existent. I thanked everybody and moved on."
Johnson says he was deeply disturbed by the Chris Benoit murder/suicide. "I knew Benoit very well. He was a tremendously gifted athlete. The person who committed the heinous crimes was not the Benoit I knew.
"There has been an environment created where steroids became rampant. Mixing steroids and the lifestyle (some wrestlers live) is a recipe for disaster. We need a unilateral program with a zero tolerance policy If you want to be a professional wrestler, you have to have the ability to connect with an audience. The size of your biceps won't enhance your ability to connect with that audience."
NO SURRENDER: Kurt Angle beat Abyss in the main event of TNA's No Surrender.
Other results: Angle and Sting lost to Team Pacman; Jay Lethal won the X Division title over Angle; Rhino beat James Storm; Robert Roode beat Kazarian; Chris Harris beat Black Reign; AJ Styles and Tomko won a tag-team gauntlet; Christian Cage won by DQ over Samoa Joe.
AROUND THE RING: Here are the matches for tomorrow night's Unforgiven pay-per-view: John Cena vs. Randy Orton; Undertaker vs. Mark Henry; Triple H vs. Carlito; CM Punk vs. Elijah Burke; Candice Michelle vs. Beth Phoenix; Deuce and Domino vs. MVP and Matt Hardy; and Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch vs. Paul London and Brian Kendrick ... TNA Impact will grow to two hours, starting Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. ... Junior Fatu (Rikishi) has started with TNA.
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