The examine is a pun, referring to looking at him in awe, when his examine is pronounced with a British accent.
One of his dialogue options references the Marvel superhero The Thing; The Thing's combat catchphrase is "It's clobberin' time!" and Rocky says "It's smashing time!" Additionally, they both fight using their fists and are beings comprised of stone.
Another one of his dialogue options is a reference to Rocky movies. In Rocky Balboa (2006), Rocky says "The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows" and "it ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done!" The skilling pet Rocky and the player's dialogue mirror this.