Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s father, Rocky Johnson has passed away.
Rocky Johnson, who was a highly successful wrestler and made a big name in the WWE Hall of Fame, passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at the age of 75.
The cause of his death is yet to be known at the time of filing this report.
Rocky, born on 24 August 1944 as Wayde Douglas Bowles, in Amherst, Canada began his wrestling career in the 1960s and after a stint in the World Wide Wrestling Federation became a top contender in the National Wrestling Alliance. There, he won numerous regional championships and tag-team championships.
With partner Tony Atlas, Rocky was reportedly part of the first blag tag-team to win a worlds championship in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE).
A statement released on the WWE website, read:
“WWE is saddened to learn that Rocky ‘Soul Man’ Johnson, a WWE Hall of Famer, former World Tag Team Champion, and father of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, has passed away at age 75.
“In 2008, Johnson achieved the highest honor in sports-entertainment when he was inducted by The Rock into the WWE Hall of Fame where he will be forever enshrined as one of sports-entertainment’s most influential performers.
“WWE extends its condolences to Johnson’s family, friends and fans.”
After retiring in 1991, Rocky trained his son Dwayne to wrestle.
During the start of Dwayne Johnson’s career, Rocky would appear alongside his son to assist him in matches.
Rocky Johnson and his son Dwayne, are both part of the famed Samoan Anoa’i family tree, which has produced dozens of professional wrestlers – including Yokozuna, Rikishi, Roman Reigns, and The Usos – through the years.
Tributes are pouring in from the world of wrestling after Rocky’s death.
Former world champion Mick Foley, tweeted:
“I am so sorry to hear of the passing of the great Rocky Johnson. Always a gentleman, I always enjoyed talking with him. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and the fans who loved him. A very sad day for wrestling.”
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