My knowledge of professional wrestling isn't incredibly vast, at least not nowadays. As I kid, I recall my dad and older brother dragging me to a few matches at Madison Square Garden and not going to lie—I was pretty into it. I was slightly butch back then, what can I say? Plus, Stone Cold Steve Austin was my sh*t!
That being said, I'm very aware of who The Rock is and why The People's Elbow means something to fans of the WWE, both past and present. That's why when I came across this information, I had to go ahead and share it with ya'll. Nothing like a little nostalgia and simulated violence to add some pizazz to your day, that's my motto!
In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Triple H details how this infamous move came to be and it's pretty darn funny—
"I can distinctly remember that, in a non-televised match, where we got to the point that, when you’re working in the smaller places and you’ve been on the road for 300 days and you’re in this place of ‘Let’s just make Taker break character tonight.'
And one night Rock did the People’s Elbow, but it wasn’t known as the 'People’s Elbow' then.
It was known as: ‘Watch this move that’s going to make all of you lose it in your corners.'
And then it got to the point where it would happen at a couple of events and there was a night where, I think we were all working a tag match on TV, and [Mick] Foley said: ‘I dare you to do that elbow tonight.'
These things morph in those ways that they just catch on and, trust me, we’re quick to go: ‘Oh they like that. I’m sticking with that.'
You’ve gotta wait for like 20 minutes while he takes his elbow pad off and works the crowd. He runs back and forth, then he comes up and drops an elbow on you that looks like it barely touches you, except that a lot of times the point of his elbow hits you right in the mouth and you come up bleeding and you’re like, ‘How can you bust me open on that?’ It’s also so funny that you’re running away to the bank with it.”
You can also go ahead and watch/listen along here, permitting you're too lazy to read:
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