Rocky Johnson, Father Of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Dies Aged 75

Ruben Fields
January 16, 2020

Johnson " He died", WWE announced Wednesday afternoon.

In 1982, Johnson jumped to the World Wrestling Federation and began a midcard run against the likes of Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Don Muraco and Adrian Adonis.

Johnson would retire in 1991 but continue to have a massive impact on the wrestling world as he worked with fellow WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson to train his son inside the squared circle.

The WWE later confirmed the report of Rocky's - real name Wayde Douglas Bowles - passing, detailing the "Soul Man's" legacy within the iconic wrestling organization.

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A native of Amherst, NS, Johnson was the father of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and a pioneer in the wrestling industry. Together, the two defeated The Wild Samoans - also members of the Anoa'i family - in November 1983 to become the first black tag team to win the WWF Tag Team Championship. "My condolences and thoughts go out to his family".

Rocky Johnson appears on Big Time Wrestling at the KTXL studio in Sacramento.

"Always a gentleman, I always enjoyed talking with him". I hated it then as a little boy, but grateful for it today as a man'. He said at first it felt like he was being forgotten, but now "I'm good with it - I'm proud to be known as 'The Rock's dad'". I want to buy you a new house, wherever you want to live, you can live & # 39; & # 39;, Dwayne shared on Instagram.

Dwayne went on to explain that his father was always tough on him as a kid, saying, "He'd kick my a- from one side of the gym to the other for years". Their son Dwayne was born in 1972.

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