Young Rock/Working the Gimmick

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Working the Gimmick
Season 1, Episode 1
Airdate February 16, 2021
Production Number 01001
Written by Jeff Chiang &
Nahnatchka Khan
Directed by Nahnatchka Khan
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Working the Gimmick is the first episode of the first season of Young Rock.

Starring: Dwayne Johnson (Himself), Joseph Lee Anderson (Rocky Johnson), Stacey Leilua (Ata Johnson), Ana Tuisila (Lia Maivia), Adrian Groulx (Dwayne Johnson), Bradley Constant (Dwayne Johnson), Uli Latukefu (Dwayne Johnson), Fasitua Amosa (Sika Anoa'i), John Tui (Afa Anoa'i)

Guest Starring: Randall Park (Himself), Matthew Willig (André the Giant), Nate Jackson (Junkyard Dog), Brett Azar (The Iron Sheik), Emmett Skilton (Coach Orgeron), Wavyy Jonez (Russell Maryland), Taj Cross (Gabe), Lexie Duncan (Karen), Jeremy Waters (Waffle), Christopher Chen (Sandy)

Co-Starring: Montez Wilkins (Jessie Armstead), Greg Hatton (Billy), Gareth Macready (Hoody), Maua Fuifui (Peter Maivia), Giullietta Brown (Young Lia), Jacqui Story (Salesperson), Michael Croaker (Manager), Ben Gross (Wrestling Announcer), Pacharo Mzembe (Fireman), Teah Fraser (Excited Fan #1), Laura McArdle (Excited Fan 32), Jennifer B. Ashley (Excited Fan #3), Jake Bozkent (Player #1), Zac Lemons (Player #2), Ziah Faasee (Player #3)


Plot Overview

As Dwayne Johnson runs for president in 2032, he reflects on his surreal life that's helped shape him into the man he is today. From growing up in a resilient family surrounded by wrestling icons, navigating rebellious teen years, to playing NCAA football at the U. This is how the boy became the man.


  • Dedicated to the memory of
Rocky "Soulman" Johnson
Thanks for the lessons and I'll see you down the road...
I love you, Dad.


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