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On April 20 at In Your House 14: Revenge of the 'Taker, he lost to Savio Vega by countout, retaining the title for the final time. During this time, he 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.
also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American actor and professional wrestler.
He was a college football player for the University of Miami, where he won a national championship on the 1991 Miami Hurricanes team.
Maivia successfully defended the title at In Your House 13: Final Four against Hunter Hearst Helmsley and at Wrestle Mania 13 against The Sultan.
He defeated Bret Hart by disqualification in a title defense on March 31 episode of Raw is War.
Their feud ended on February 15 Raw Is War, when The Rock won his third WWF Championship in a ladder match after Big Show performed a chokeslam on Mankind off the ladder.
and was thus betrayed by Shane Mc Mahon, turning him back into a fan favorite and beginning a feud with Triple H, The Undertaker and The Corporate Ministry that saw The Rock defeating Triple H at Over the Edge, Toward the latter part of 1999, The Rock had several singles and tag team championship opportunities, teaming former enemy Mankind as The Rock 'n' Sock Connection after he challenged WWF Tag Team Champions The Undertaker and Big Show and Mankind offered his help.
A double turn occurred at Survivor Series, when The Rock defeated Mc Mahon's associate, Mankind, in the finals of the "Deadly Game" tournament On December 13, 1998 at the pay-per-view named for him, Rock Bottom: In Your House, The Rock had a rematch with Mankind for the WWF Championship.
Mankind appeared to win the match when The Rock passed out in the Mandible Claw submission move, but Mr.
He is the sixth Triple Crown Champion in WWE and won the 2000 Royal Rumble. His maternal grandfather, "High Chief" Peter Maivia, was also a wrestler, and his maternal grandmother, Lia Maivia, was one of wrestling's few female promoters, taking over Polynesian Pacific Pro Wrestling after her husband's death in 1982, until 1988., then spent 10th grade at President William Mc Kinley High School in Honolulu, Hawaii.