Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson & the Titan Games

Dwayne Johnson (DJ) aka (the rock) is the brain behind the Titan Games Sports Competition. Above all, the Titans reality show features people from across America. Whereas, competing in endurance-based mental and physical challenges of “epic proportions” for the title of Titans. On one hand, the Titan Games is a sports competition series which premiered on NBC on January 3, 2019.

On the other hand, the Titan Games follows Dwayne Johnson adept and personal belief that; “people have the potential to be the best they can be.” Not to mention, Dwayne Johnson (DJ), also known as “The Rock” offers exceptional everyday men and women the opportunity. In general, to push themselves in extreme tests of strength, endurance, and mental fortitude. These contenders compete in intense head-to-head battles, with the winners battling it out in the ultimate physical challenge on Mount Olympus for the chance to become a Titan. 

Q. Who is Dwayne Johnson?

Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known by his ring name “The Rock“, is an American actor, producer, and semi-retired professional wrestler. Notably, Dwayne Johnson first rose to fame as “The Rock,” a popular wrestling personality. Further, he became a box-office star, appearing in various films. Including, ‘The Scorpion King,’ ‘Hercules,’ and ‘The Fast and the Furious‘ franchise. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was born into a professional wrestling family in 1972.

As “The Rock,” he famously feuded with wrestler Steve Austin and won the WWF/WWE Heavyweight title numerous times. Additionally, Dwayne Johnson then parlayed his wrestling fame into a film career. Appearing in projects like 2001’s ‘The Mummy Returns’ and 2010’s ‘Tooth Fairy.’ His reject projects include the HBO series Ballers (2015) and a trifecta of 2017 features, The Fate of the Furious, Baywatch and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

Q. What is The Titan Games?

The Titan Games is a sports competition series which premiered on NBC on January 3, 2019. At the end of the season, Titans will compete to “become the last male and female standing.” Whereas, the show is marketed with the tagline “Titans aren’t born – They’re Made.” When announced by NBC in February 2018, the press release claimed it would be similar to NBC’s 2008 remake of American Gladiators. Where contenders try to defeat an existing Titan. And, whereas, newly-victorious Titans would then defend their titles in future episodes.

As a matter of fact, the competition obstacles were inspired by Dwayne Johnson lifetime and personal workouts. In each episode, four male and four female contestants compete to be named Titans.

Q. Why Mount Olympus in The Titan Games?

In the first place, Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece. In particular, it is located in the Olympus Range on the border between Thessaly and Macedonia. And also, between the regional units of Pieria and Larissa, about 80 km southwest from Thessaloniki. Surprisingly, Mount Olympus has 52 peaks, deep gorges, and exceptional biodiversity.

Above all, in relation to the Titan Games, the aspect or Athletism and Body Fitness kick in. Whereas as the (DJ) Dwayne Johnson comparatively places the competitors under the endurance of the environment equated and or affiliated to the adventurous nature of climbing and conquering Mount Olympus. As (DJ) puts it, “if the competitor has a weakness, then, Mount Olympus would reveal it.

Further, Mount Olympus was one of the most important locations in ancient Greek mythology, the formal home of all the gods. It’s also an actual mountain, and the tallest in Greece in fact. So, you can visit it, climb it, and take in one heck of a view.

The Titan Games seven obstacles set by Dwayne Johnson include;

  1. The competitors sprint across the arena to knock over a 1,000-pound wall, then push three 150-pound grates uphill, and walk over to the side to proceed forward.
  2. Contestants then climb over the “Rolling Ascent,” a series of large, rotating cylinders.
  3. Additionally, contestants must scale “The Cliffs,” creating their own handholds and footholds.
  4. Further, contestants must use a crank to lift up a 600-pound torch.
  5. In addition, contestants must slide down slides, separated by 5-foot, 6-foot, and 7-foot walls, to return to the arena floor.
  6. They must drag a sledgehammer attached to a ball-and-chain (250 pounds for men, 200 pounds for women).
  7. Finally, they use the sledgehammer to crack open the concrete slab covering the “Titan relic.”

The first contestant to place the relic into his or her pedestal is declared a Titan. In the Championship, the weight of the initial wall was increased to 1,200 pounds, and the ball-and-chain weight was increased to 350 pounds for the men and 300 pounds for the women. Also, to access the ball-and-chain, they had to pull on horizontal chains to lift a 500-pound cage.

The Titan Games Preliminary Events Breakdown

In each of four preliminary heats, two men or two women compete head-to-head. Further, the two male winners and two female winners then compete on an obstacle course named Mount Olympus. Ultimately, one male and one female Titan will be crowned, winning $100,000 each. Below is the breakdown of the events. Including,

1. Atlas Smash

Contestants race to haul up two large concrete balls 25 feet. Each has the option to whittle down the balls with a large hammer to reduce the weight they need to lift.

2. Cyclone

Contestants race to knock down five pillars, each two stories tall, with a 60-lb wrecking ball.

3. Hammering Ram

Contestants use hammers to pound against a metal plate, releasing a 350-lb battering ram to knock down a wooden door. The person who knocks it down first will then grab the victory chain. Championship: Contestants had to first release the sledgehammer from underneath three 100-pound boxes. They then had to use the sledgehammer to pound two metal plates, each releasing half of the battering ram.

4. Heavy Metal

Contestants must drag 350 pounds of metal chains up a 30-foot incline, with the weight being progressively added on with each step. After they reach the top, they must crank up a 100-lb block.

5. Herculean Pull

Contestants race to pull out two 100-lb poles from a central structure, then move on to pull out the golden pole that is 9.5 feet above the ground, a blind tug of war with the other contestant.

6. Lunar Impact

Contestants must climb up a ladder that is two stories high, then push against a large metal wall with their opponent on the other side. The one to overpower the other and push them off the platform wins.

7. Off the Rails

Contestants must pull themselves on a 200-pound sled along a 60-foot rail, collecting 50-pound beams along the way. By the end, they are pulling 600 pounds. They then have to turn around and go back across the rail by throwing and hooking an anchor, then pulling the sled forward. The first one to pull the victory chain wins.

8. Power Vault

Contestants use large metal poles to vault across five 15-foot gaps, then push over 750 pounds of weight to uncover a golden pole. They then must race back across the same gaps, plant the pole, and climb up it to pull the victory chain.

9. Tower Drop

Contestants race up a large tower, having to pull out seven 15-foot poles as they ascend. Once they reach the top, they must pull out the golden pole wedged underneath a 50-lb ball. After pulling it out, they can pull the victory chain at the top of the tower.

10. Uprising

Contestants are each strapped to a 40-pound anvil. They must run forward to lift the anvil to break through a series of concrete barriers. The third barrier consists of is two concrete slabs. Championship: The second, third, and fourth barriers are all two concrete slabs thick.

11. Vortex

Contestants race to raise up a large spider web-esque vortex of chains, before ascending the structure to reach the top. Some segments have metal bars making it easier to climb but are placed in a more indirect path. The first to reach the victory chain wins.

Dwayne Johnson Background

Dwayne Douglas Johnson was born in Hayward, California, on May 2, 1972, but moved to Florida in 1989. Where he was a college football player for the University of Miami, with whom he won a national championship in 1991. After initially aspiring for a career in football, Johnson began training as a professional wrestler in the summer of 1995. Not to mention, after being cut from the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

In 1996, Dwayne Johnson secured a contract with the WWE when it was known as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). In addition,  he was promoted as the first third-generation wrestler in the company’s history. So to say,  as he was the son of Rocky Johnson and grandson of Peter Maivia. Whereas, he gained mainstream fame after developing a charismatic persona of a boastful trash-talking wrestler named ‘The Rock.’

Dwayne Johnson (WWF) Championship

He subsequently won his first WWF Championship in 1998 and ushered the WWF. Not forgetting, alongside fellow mainstream industry star Stone Cold Steve Austin, as the principal leaders of the Attitude Era. A boom period in company business in the latter 1990s and early 2000s which still hold professional wrestling records for television ratings. After pursuing an acting career full-time in 2004, he went on a seven-year hiatus from WWE and returned in 2011 as a part-time performer until 2013.

Considered to be one of the greatest professional wrestlers and biggest draws of all-time, The Rock headlined the most bought professional wrestling pay-per-view event of all-time. Namely, WrestleMania XXVIII, and was featured in some of the most watched WWE Raw and WWE SmackDowntelevision episodes ever. Additionally, the Rock has won several championships in his career. Such as,

Dwayne Johnson Outside Wrestling Career

Important to realize, outside of wrestling, Johnson has attained success as an actor, producer, and writer. He played the leading role in numerous films. Including,

  1. The Scorpion King (2002),
  2. San Andreas(2015),
  3. Central Intelligence (2016),
  4. Moana (2016),
  5. and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017).

Whereas His most successful box office role has been as Luke Hobbs in The Fast and the Furious franchise. Another key point is that he founded his production company, Seven Bucks Productions, in 2012 which has since produced several films. In addition, he wrote and released an autobiography titled The Rock Says in 2000, which debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list. Consistently ranked among the world’s highest paid actors, Johnson was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016.

Dwayne Johnson Rock-Solid Empire 

In 2016, Dwayne Johnson toplined three movies. Including “The Fate of the Furious” and “Baywatch.” As a matter of fact, while juggling the third season of his HBO series “Ballers,” and his slate is full with starring roles through 2019. Not to mention, he’s churning out television and film projects. Especially by way of his Seven Bucks Productions and Seven Bucks Digital Studios.

Whereas, he has a partnership with Under Armour, is the face of Siri and even made time to launch an ad agency this year. Plus his social-media presence, ranking as the No. 1 actor on all platforms this year, could qualify as another full-time job. Thirty years later, Johnson is the epitome of success with accolades to prove it. Of course, the latest being his star on the Walk of Fame. Below is a Documentary of a Life of Extraordinary Achievement by Biographics.

Thinking about being cemented on Hollywood Boulevard, he admits his teenage self would have said, “No f—king way.” However, Johnson’s zero-to-hero trajectory didn’t just happen by chance. As a matter of fact, the multi-hyphenate has displayed blood, sweat and tears his entire career. For instance, quite literally during his days wrestling for WWE. And has put the time into his strategic evolution from pro-wrestler to movie star to multi-faceted businessman.

Summing up

If you follow Dwayne Johnson on social media, not only do you know that he’s in the gym nearly every day, but you know his exact workouts. And they’re intense. The Rock makes a point to personally post on his social-media accounts numerous times each day. Whether it’s a sweaty video of his training sessions, an off-the-cuff moment with his co-stars like Nick Jonas and Zac Efron.

Or even, a heartwarming surprise encounters with a terminal fan fighting cancer — something that The Rock has become known for. And also, which only boosts his stellar reputation among his fans. However, the international superstar admits he wasn’t always comfortable with being a celebrity. “I used to have an extremely hard time with fame,” he says.

Connect with Dwayne Johnson

Nowadays, the concept of anonymity is near impossible for Dwayne Johnson. But he wouldn’t have it any other way. “When you walk by someone and they’re screaming and you turn and walk toward them and they start bawling and you hug them and take a selfie, it’s so gratifying to me to make people happy,” Johnson says. Especially, recalling a moment years ago when he was struggling with his fame, but then realized his unique position to simply make people smile.

  1. Twitter: @TheRock
  2. Facebook: @DwayneJohnson
  3. Instagram: @therock
  4. YouTube official Channel: @TheRock
  5. Film and Movies: Seven Bucks Productions

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