Does Dwayne Johnson 'The Rock' Use Steroids?

Last edited: April 4, 2020
by Reda Elmardi

The Rock, or Dwayne The Rock Johnson as he is now known.

It is currently one of the most in-demand movie stars in the world.

He is the highest-paid actor and has appeared in a number of box office smash hits over the years.

Such as pain and gain with Mark Wahlberg.

Baywatch with Zac Efron and Fast and Furious with Vin Diesel.

For those of you that follow wrestling.

Or used to follow pro wrestling.

You’ll know him as the people’s champ The Rock.

One thing that we all know about The Rock.

Is that he is not a small man.

Saying that, it is like saying that Michael Jordon was an okay basketball player.

The Rock stands at 6ft 4 and weighs in roughly at 250 – 265 pounds (depending on which role he’s playing).

That weight is virtually all muscle as he is in truly amazing shape.

As he has aged, he seems to have gotten even bigger and more conditioned.

This is one of the main reasons why people often ask is The Rock on steroids or natural?

Well, while we don’t know a definite answer to this question.

We do know a thing or two about steroids.

Because of this, we will shortly be taking a look at whether we believe the rock is on steroids.

Or if he is natural.

In this article, we’ll look at The Rock’s early life, his WWE career and comeback.

His Hollywood career, and of course, his physique and the steroid accusations.

So, let’s get started and learn more about the People’s Champ.

But, before we look at The Rock, we must first get the legal stuff out of the way.

You see, The Rock’s a wealthy and powerful dude.

Plus he’s a former wrestler with Samoan warrior blood in his body.

Therefore, we’re pretty sure he could either sue us.

Or kick our asses, and neither sounds too appealing.

That’s why we’ve included this legal disclaimer.

We don’t know the rock personally.

And we certainly have no proof that he is using anabolic steroids.

We don’t have access to his medical records or his personal info, and we never will.

The content of this article is based purely on speculation on our part as we attempt to look for clues of potential steroid use on The Rock’s part.

So, now that we’ve hopefully covered our asses.

Let’s get started.

Who Is The Rock?

If you’re one of the millions and millions of the Rock’s fans, you’ll know who he is right away.

Even if you’re not, however, you probably still know who Dwayne The Rock Johnson is.

If not, he is a former WWE champ like John Cena And Brock Lesnar, Intercontinental champ, WCW champ, and the Tag Team champ, and is one of the most successful and popular wrestlers of all time.

He moved away from wrestling to pursue a career in acting and went on to become one of the most popular and in-demand actors in all of Hollywood such as Tom Hardy.

He has starred in a number of smash hits including several films in the Fast and the Furious franchise.

The Scorpion King, and erm, The Tooth Fairy.

Yeah, best to ignore that one.

Early Life

The Rock was born into a wrestling family.

His father was Rocky Johnson.

Who was the first black wrestler to hold the Tag Team championship belt!

His mother was Samoan, and her father was the great High Chief Peter Maivia.

Wrestling was in his blood, and he knew this from a young age.

As he grew up, he lived the life of a wrestler’s son and traveled from state to state.

Because his dad was on the road so much.

Back then, pro wrestling wasn’t anywhere near as big as it is now, so the pay wasn’t great.

His family struggled financially and there is a famous story of Dwayne.

Where he recalls his mother crying because they had been evicted from their apartment because they couldn’t afford to pay the rent.

From that point onwards, Rock swore that he would do whatever it took to make sure that his family never suffered financially again.

As a teen, he was fairly rebellious.

He was very big for his age, and at 15 he looked closer to 30.

He would often get into fights and get in trouble with the law and would sometimes even spend the night in jail.

One day, however, his coach at the school took him aside and convinced him to try out for football.

At close to 6ft 5 and around 240 pounds at the time he was a natural and he loved it.

He proved very successful and channeled his energy into one day playing in the NFL.

Eventually, he was signed for the Miami Hurricanes.

Where he started to make a name for himself.

Unfortunately, he suffered an injury, found himself on the sidelines.

And didn’t quite make the cut.

He moved to Canada and tried to make it in the CFL.

But again, things didn’t work out.

His dream was shattered.

Broke, depressed, and unsure of what to do next.

He decided to ask his father to train him to become a wrestler.

His father initially refused as he knew how brutal it was and how hard it was to make it in the business.

Eventually, however, he relented, on the condition that Dwayne did everything that was asked of him.

Rock was eventually scouted by the legendary Jim Ross.

Due mainly because of his size, strength, and impressive athleticism.

He was signed to the WWE.

Which was then known as WWF.

And his wrestling career began.

Life As A Wrestler

Once in the WWF, The Rock trained like a madman and honed his craft as much as possible.

He made his debut on the big stage at Survivor Series 1996.

Where he wrestled under the name Rocky Maivia because of his wrestling heritage.

He was actually the sole survivor of his team and won the match in his debut.

And he looked impressive doing so.

He was a babyface, which in wrestling terms is the good guy.

He wasn’t a badass babyface like Stone Cold Steve Austin however, he was a clean-cut, happy go lucky face that was full of enthusiasm and optimism.

The fans hated it.

They felt as if he was shoved down their throats and hated how clingy and cheesy he was.

His promos on the mic sounded cheesy, generic, and scripted, and the fans quickly turned on him.

They absolutely despised him and would chant ‘Die, Rocky, Die’ at him.

This got under his skin and he was worried that the company would find somebody to replace him.

He knew something needed to change and so he asked to turn heel and become the bad guy.

He also requested a microphone, no script, and five minutes of broadcast time.

He knew he could get over, and convinced Vince McMahon and the top brass to give him this shot.

He went out there with the new ring gear and a different bad guy persona.

He spoke from the heart and dissed the crowd and delivered one of the best heel promos in recent years.

Instead of Rocky, he started referring to himself as Rock.

And The Rock in the third person and the fans loved it.

He was true to himself and it felt natural.

Rather than force, and they started chanting his name.

Despite this, he stayed in bad guy mode and continued to insult them.

But they didn’t care.

The Attitude Era

In late 1997/early 1998 when the WWF was competing with WCW.

The WWF was losing and they needed to pull out the big guns.

They adopted an edgy, bizarre, and unpredictable approach that was aimed specifically at 16 – 30-year-olds.

This became known as the attitude era and the fans loved it.

The Rock was now one of the biggest stars and he won his first world title in late 1998 at Survivor Series when he defeated Mankind.

He would go on to turn full heel until April 1999.

Where he became a face, only this time he was The Rock.

The fans loved him and he became the 2nd most popular superstar in the WWF.

Second only to Stone Cold.

Stone Cold was injured later that year.

So Rock was forced to step up and be the number one guy.

He thrived in this role and he and HHH had one of the greatest feuds in the history of the business.

He stayed on top for the next several years.

Before Hollywood came calling, and the rest is history.

He left around 2004, and returned for a few years in 2011 and even got back in the ring.

Is Dwayne Johnson AKA The Rock On Steroids?

We’ve looked at his life and career.

Now let’s look at his physique.

Here’s a look at whether we think Rock could be on steroids:


When Rock wrestled, he was around 275 pounds.

Although he was carrying a little extra fat.

He certainly had a very impressive physique as he wrestled in trunks.

But he wasn’t ripped to shreds.

When he left for Hollywood.

He lost a lot of sizes and dropped down to below 220 pounds as his agents believed this would help him get more roles and to avoid being typecast.

Around 2010 however, he started to bulk up and play more edgy roles.

When he played Luke Hobbs for the first time in Fast 5, he was a legit 260.

Since then he has become bigger and bigger.

And what’s more?

He becomes more ripped in the process.

He even played a bodybuilder in Pain and Gain.

Where he looked huge.

That transformation was impressive.

Especially later on in life, as he looked better now in his early 40s than he looked in his late 20s.

Could it simply be hard work?

Or could steroids have helped him bulk up?

Is Dwayne Johnson The Rock On Steroids?

He Has Had Gyno Surgery

Back in 1999, wrestling fans will remember that early in the year.

Rock used to wrestle in a black t-shirt and black sweats.

Normally he wore trunks, elbow pads, and knee pads.

The reason for this was because he underwent gyno surgery to remove fat from around his nipples.

Gynecomastia is a side-effect of steroid use.

So it could have been due to that.

There are, however, other causes of gyno as well.

He Admitted To Using Them in high school

Rock has actually admitted to using steroids when back in High School.

He says he tried them when playing football to help him get bigger.

But he didn’t like how they made him feel.

We all make mistakes when we’re young.

And indeed, when we’re old, so that certainly doesn’t prove that Rock is using steroids now.

His Traps And Delts

When people use steroids, the first parts of their anatomies that grow are their deltoids and traps.

This is because these are the parts of the body with the most androgen receptors in there.

If you see Rock during Pain and Gain.

You’ll see that his delts looked like cannons.

It is, however, worth noting that Rock has always had huge traps.

Which you will easily see if you check out early footage of him wrestling.

This change in shape, however, could be due to the use of steroids.

Or it could be due to simply switching up his diet and training hard.

Flushed skin?

As he has grown older, The Rock’s skin does seem to have gotten much darker in color.

This could be due to the use of steroids.

Steroids raise core body temp.

Which, in turn, causes the skin to darken in color.

So, is The Rock on Steroids?

Based on our findings, and what we know about steroids.

We’d be surprised if Rock wasn’t on steroids.

Or if he hadn’t at least used them to help him bulk up around 2009/2010.

If he was, he’d be on pretty strong gear, with Tren, Primobolan, Turinabol, HGH, and Test-E all likely suspects.

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About the Author

Reda Elmardi is an ACE Certified Nutritionist, Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt and bodybuilder with 11 years of experience. He's been published on many influential websites such as, Wealthy Gorilla, Good Men Project and more.

About Reda Elmardi

Reda is an ACE Certified Nutritionist, Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt and bodybuilder with 11 years of experience. He's been published on many influential websites such as, Wealthy Gorilla, Good Men Project and more.

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