Young Rock, who focuses on the education of Hollywood star and former WWE Champion Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, only alluded to “The People’s Champ’s” career in WWF / E during his first season. But that seems to change with season 2, because PWInsiderMike Johnson now reports that the NBC series currently features a few major figures in Johnson’s rookie year with the WWF in 1996-97, including Triple H, The Undertaker, Harvey Wippleman, The Brooklyn Brawler, and Steve Lombardi.
The initial season focused on three periods of Johnson’s life – 1982 while living in Hawaii while his father (WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson) was about to be signed to WWF, 1987 then that he was in high school in New Jersey and the 1990s while playing football at the University of Miami. The last period has had a few nods to Johnson’s wrestling future, but ends with the intention of continuing his football career (which will lead him to the Canadian Football League).
Previous casting reports have indicated that the show will also show more of Rocky Johnson’s professional wrestling career and that actors portraying legends like Jerry Lawler, Tommy Rick, Bam Bam Bigelow, Big John Studd, Freddie Blassie, Mr. Fuji and Roddy Piper should appear. The second season is scheduled to air in February 2022 on NBC.
The show’s executive producer, Brian Gewirtz, spoke to ComicBook ahead of the season one premiere and explained why the show didn’t start with Johnson’s wrestling career.
“Well, when we started designing the show, a lot of the brainstorming revolved around Dwayne telling stories from his life to our partners and to the show’s creators, Nahnatchka Khan and Jeff Chang,” explained Gewirtz. “The stories were so wild and so buried throughout his life. It seems like if you put all your cards into Little Dewey in 1982, you can kind of tell there’s still a possibility that you could possibly be there. happen, but you never know with the TV. Stories of him in Bethlehem, Memphis and the University of Miami and meeting all these iconic figures, it also exploded quite dramatically [ways] for the people in his life. It seemed like a much richer and more complete show to be able to span all three eras and still have a turn … as you just mentioned, a break in WWE, there are so many places where to go too.