Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson says gruesome injury is the reason why he doesn't have six pack abs
The People's Champion does not have time for trolls
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson says a gruesome wrestling injury is the reason why he doesn't have six-pack abs.
During a recent interview with WIRED, The Rock answered some of the strangest questions asked about him online.
One in particular caused a stir when read out by his Jungle Cruise co-star Emily Blunt.
"What's wrong with The Rock's abs?"
"That's so f****d up!" quipped Johnson, initially pointing the finger at social media platforms and the unrealistic body standards he believes they perpetuate.
In defence of his physique, he added: "There's nothing wrong with them, no. Here's the thing. I think because on Instagram, all these Instagram fitness models have these incredible six, eight, 12, 24-pack stomachs."
He then went on to explain why a shocking wrestling injury incurred during his time in the WWE is the reason why he doesn't have six-pack abs.
"I've got a five-and-a-half pack, sometimes a four-and-a-half pack.
"But the problem was - which a lot of people don't know - I tore in a wrestling match, I tore the top of my quad off my pelvis, it went bang, in a wrestling match.
"And then what that did was that caused a chain reaction and it tore my abdomen wall, so then I had to do a triple hernia emergency surgery, of a tear, a tear and a tear [pointing to each tear]."
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The Rock continued to lay the smackdown on naysayers who questioned his physique, referring to them as "f*****g a******s".
He said: "They are Googling 'What's wrong with The Rock's abs?' Well, it's called a wrestling match for 45 minutes and the top of my quad popped off my pelvis, and my adductor popped off my pelvis."
The scripted and pre-determined nature of WWE matches often fools people into thinking the in-ring action is without risk.
This couldn't be further from the truth. Broken limbs and shattered bones are relatively commonplace in an industry where you take repeated bumps multiple times a week.
Former WWE Champion Drew McIntyre confirmed this in an interview with JOE when he too hit back at trolls on social media.
The amount of travelling wrestlers go through also puts them at greater risk of injury as it can interfere with recovery and sleep.