Road Dogg Admits He Was Jealous Of The Rock In The Past

WWE executive Brian "Road Dogg" James will be the first to tell you that he wasn't always the easiest person to be around. On a recent episode of "Oh You Didn't Know," he spoke at length about his backstage relationship — or lack thereof — with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. This came at a time when James was struggling with substance abuse while Rock was on the rise. Ultimately, this combination made for a lot of jealousy.

"I was so angry with him personally," he said. "I was just so jealous of him ... And I picked on him." James admitted that Rock was the total package, which scared him. So when he eventually emerged from his battle with addiction, Rock wound up being one of the first people the D-Generation X member apologized to. "He was one of the guys I went to," he continued. And while James quipped that Johnson probably thought "Eff you, punk," that wasn't for him to know. "I was doing this so I could clean up my side of the street and then lay my head down at night."

Despite their past issues, the WWE Hall of Famer stressed "He was gracious as gracious could be ... and looked me in the eye, and thanked me for saying that," which made such a difference to him. James has been quite candid about his addictions in the past, as well as relationships that became strained as a result. That said, he's happy to have buried those issues with Rock. "I kind of went like 'Oh, you're just an egomaniac that was terrified of him.' I talked horrible to him."

If you use any quotes from this article, please credit "Oh You Didn't Know" with a h/t to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.