Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made in WWF debut in 1996 as Rocky Maiva. In a few months he was pushed heavily and the fans…fucking hated him. “Rocky Sucks” was a constant chant. And, lets face it the guy had terrible angles; like needing to be saved from as ass whooping from the Sultan at Wrestlmania XIII by his Dad*.
He got injured, came back about the time of the Montreal Screw job, where Vince’s express purpose seemed to get him to be Austin’s chew toy (stealing the I.C belt, winning it by forfeit and getting the thing dumped into a river* by Austin)
*Again, not a joke.
Sometime after that, he began to rise in popularity for which culminated in him winning the title, and becoming probably the biggest wrestling icon since Hogan.
How did it turn around so damn quickly? It felt that almost overnight people who were booing him started loving the guy. Cannot say that he got pushed much and he had been making wisecracking promos for a year?