"You smell what Rock Hard's cookin'?"
Not much is known about why Rock Hard was sent to attack Gex, but it can be assumed that, like the Tiki Bros., Rez simply gave him the Green Paw Card believing Rock Hard could protect it from Gex and Rez would be rid of a possible annoyance if the wrestler failed him.
Design and inspiration
As his name would suggest, he parodies the many wrestlers of the WWE, particularly Dwayne Johnson (who was known during his wrestling career as "The Rock") and Steve "Stone Cold" Austin (having a similar name).
InvolvementRock Hard as stated above is the game's first boss, with his boss channel "WWGex Wrestling" becoming accessible once 13 remotes are obtained. Upon his defeat, Slappy Valley will be unlocked.
- Invasion of the Body Slammers/On The Ropes
Just tailwhack his feet and he'll be defeated but just watch out for his attacks. Depending on how far away Gex is, Rock Hard will either use a spinning attack, use a dropkick or grapple him. Try to attack Rock Hard when he flexes his muscles, he'll expose himself to attack by doing so (the pre-battle hint says "Muscle flexing can be hazardous to one's health").
Post-battle cutscene (PS1)
Xtra: "Hey Spartacus, where did you learn those moves? Ever been to a Turkish bath house?"
Gex: "Hey, that wasn’t me, I swear. Besides, I’m about to try out some new holds on you, my precious pin doctor."
Xtra: "Easy there, Nacho-man, or I’ll elbow drop you. Now get back to work."