Dwayne Johnson has come so far in the decades since he launched his wrestling career as The Rock in the mid-’90s. In honor of his 50th birthday on May 2, 2022, Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at some of the best — and most hilarious! — throwback photos of our favorite wrestler-actor, starting with this fantastically retro shot… Dwayne Johnson wore a black-and-white button-down completely unbuttoned during the 1999 Emmys. What he lacked in fabric, he made up for in gold jewelry, completing his look with a chain, a matching bracelet, a watch and a ring.
Now keep reading for more of the best retro photos of The Rock…
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A baby-faced Dwayne Johnson rocked a gold chain and some serious sideburns at a party for the now-defunct UPN network in mid-2000.
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All that glitters is Rock… Dwayne Johnson showed some skin in a shiny gold vest and matching pants during the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards. He completed his look with shades and a gold chain — naturally!
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Dwayne Johnson’s bulging biceps were on full display when he competed during WrestleMania XX in 2004.
The People’s Eyebrow! Dwayne Johnson posed with his signature raised eyebrow while promoting his autobiography, “The Rock Says…,” in 2000.
Dwayne Johnson in jeans on the red carpet? Yep, it happened! The Rock looked too cool (for 2002!) while giving two thumbs up during the 2002 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.
Yikes… Dwayne Johnson sported a loose-fitting pinstriped suit during the 2004 premiere of “Walking Tall” — one of his earliest feature films. Can you even imagine the version of The Rock we know and love today wearing such a comically ill-fitting ensemble?!
Dwayne Johnson’s bulging biceps — and his iconic longhorn tattoo — were on full display during a 2008 portrait session. The wrestler-actor paired red-and-black camo-print pants (so 2008!) with a matching red tank top.
Iconic! In 1999, Dwayne Johnson knocked then-newcomer Chris Jericho — who made his WWF debut that year — into the ropes.
That’s what we love to see! Dwayne Johnson pushed down his shades to flash The People’s Eyebrow while posing for a photo early in his career.
Dwayne Johnson flashed a peace sign — and The People’s Eyebrow! — while rocking a Canadian tuxedo at the 2001 Teen Choice Awards.
Remember when The Rock had sideburns?! Dwayne Johnson — who also had a full head of hair at the time — smiled wide during a photocall for “Southland Tales” at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.
Dwayne Johnson wore a comically oversized scarf with a velvety blazer at the London premiere of “Be Cool” in 2005.
Our faves! Two of wrestling’s (and now Hollywood’s) biggest stars — John Cena and Dwayne Johnson — famously faced off during the Survivor Series 25th Anniversary event in 2011.
During the 2002 Essence Awards, Dwayne Johnson donned a fantastically retro coat that made his shoulders look extra boxy.
The People’s Eyebrow made a major appearance alongside Dwayne Johnson at the 2001 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.
See this? This is the face of a man who just realized he’s wearing a button-down featuring vertical stripes with a tie featuring horizontal stripes. Dwayne Johnson wore this unfortunate — and befuddling! — combination at the 2003 GQ Men of the Year Awards. He’s truly come so far since then!
A cargo shorts-clad Dwayne Johnson, who had a full head of hair at the time, raised temperatures during a 2007 charity event.
A fearsome-looking Dwayne Johnson bared his rock-hard bod during WrestleMania XXVlll in 2012.
The People’s Eyebrow must’ve been a bit tired that day… Dwayne Johnson pulled up his eyebrow while posing on the red carpet at the 2003 Stunt Awards.
What’s better than one Dwayne Johnson? Two, of course! The Rock posed with his incredibly lifelike wax figure at Madame Tussauds in 2002. Let’s take another look…
Madame Tussauds really did Dwayne Johnson justice! In 2009, The Rock’s black leather-clad wax figure posed up a storm in Los Angeles.
Winner, winner! Dwayne Johnson celebrated his WWE Championship victory during the 26th Annual Royal Rumble in 2013.
Nothing says “2004” quite like Dwayne Johnson with a mustache and a goatee making an appearance on MTV’s “Total Request Live.”
We could smell what The Rock was cooking… A baby-faced Dwayne Johnson posed for this clean-shaven portrait back in 2002. He looks so young, doesn’t he?!