With the actor first gaining fame as a professional wrestler who only used to be known as The Rock, what better man than Dwayne Johnson to bring a drama series set in the world of wresting to television. Deadline reports NBC has just picked up a pilot from Johnson and producer Jerry Bruckheimer that will take place during the golden age of wrestling in the 1980′s. With World Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation being at the top of their game in that decade, it’s the perfect setting for such a series which will be written by Brent Fletcher and Seamus Kevin Fahey (Spartacus: Gods of the Arena)
It’s yet another period drama heading to networks following the success of Mad Men, and the premiere of new dramas like Pan-Am and The Playboy Club this fall. The question is whether or not real wrestling icons like Hulk Hogan or Randy “Macho Man” Savage will be included, or if the drama will be completely fictionalized. Since wrestling has never been my cup of tea, I’m not necessarily excited, but I could’ve said the same thing about my interest in a New York ad agency in the 60′s and now I can’t miss an episode of Mad Men, so there you go.