Byron “Brock” Roberts was a senior in high school when he attended the Rock Show.
The show aired on the NBC network from 1986 to 1992.
The Rock was the show’s star, the first entertainer in Rock history to be inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame.
Roberts remembers the show as “the biggest show I’d ever seen, a great time.
It was just a blast.”
Roberts had been the show announcer since 1991.
“You know what the Rock did for the show?
He had a little girl in the audience, she was very beautiful,” Roberts said.
“So she was just on her knees and begging for attention.
It wasn’t until the show ended that I really realized that I was an entertainer, not just a kid in highschool.”
“The Rock” had a similar effect on Roberts, who grew up idolizing the show.
“I’d seen the Rock show every year and I’d heard that he was the first person in history to get a scholarship to Rock High School,” Roberts told Bleacher, adding, “I wanted to be like him, and I wanted to get in.”
When Roberts was in high class, he wanted to play in the Rock.
“That was my goal,” he said.
Roberts didn’t have a choice.
“The first year, we played in the gym,” he recalled.
“It was my first time ever playing in a gym.”
“They put me on a treadmill, but I had to run all the way back to the locker room.
They had me run a mile, which was pretty insane.”
Roberts went on to win the local school’s state wrestling championship, which he was later honored with as a Rock Hall Legend.
“There’s a lot of respect for Rock High Schools,” Roberts recalled.
He also remembers how he received special treatment for being a wrestler.
“When they first started teaching me, they were very, very tough, but you know, they taught me how to be a good wrestler, how to defend yourself, and that’s how I ended up winning,” Roberts explained.
Roberts was inducted in the Class of 2017 into the United States Wrestling Hall of Honor, and the Rock is currently on his way to induct him.
Roberts said the experience helped him make friends, which helped him develop a relationship with his son.
“He said, ‘Dad, I can’t wait to see you play in a Rock Show,'” Roberts said of his son, who is in high grade.
“And that was the best thing that could have happened.
That’s when I started talking to him, because he was like, ‘Mom, I’m going to Rock Show with you.'”
Roberts’ Rock Show experience inspired Roberts to go on to become a teacher.
“This was a really good experience,” Roberts reflected.
“Every once in a while, I’d go to a high school reunion, and my son would be like, [I] want to go to the Rock, too, and it was like the best experience of my life.
It’s one of those things where you go, ‘Wow, that was a big thing.'”