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Dwayne The Rock Johnson starts training in MMA after WrestleMania

LockerRoom Team
22 April 2024

Fresh off his WrestleMania triumph, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is gearing up for his next big challenge: stepping into the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) to prepare for his upcoming role in the film "The Smashing Machine."

Way back in 2019, Johnson had revealed his intention to portray the life of Mark Kerr, the NCAA Division I champion who transitioned into a prominent figure in the UFC and PRIDE FC. After much anticipation, the project is finally moving forward, set to be produced by A24, the indie powerhouse behind hits like "Civil War" and "Midsommar." Benny Safdie, renowned for his work on "Uncut Gems," will helm the directorial duties, with rumors swirling about Emily Blunt joining the cast.

In a recent Instagram post, Johnson expressed his eagerness for the role, announcing the start of his MMA training camp for the film. Despite the toll taken by WrestleMania on his body, Johnson emphasized his readiness for the rigorous physical demands of MMA, acknowledging Kerr's legendary status in the sport.

Kerr's story is one of triumph and tragedy, marked by his dominance in the ring as well as his personal battles with addiction and depression. Johnson, who has experienced loss within the wrestling community due to similar struggles, sees the film as a tribute to fighters like Kerr and their resilience in the face of adversity.

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As filming approaches, fans are curious to see how Johnson's MMA preparations will unfold, especially considering his past portrayal of invincible characters in Hollywood. However, Kerr's own career trajectory, including a notable decline after an initial winning streak, suggests a more nuanced portrayal is in store for "The Rock."

"The Smashing Machine" is slated for release in 2025, offering audiences a glimpse into the tumultuous world of MMA and the human spirit's capacity for redemption. 


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