Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson loses his dad

Rocky Johnson, a former professional wrestler and father of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has died aged 75.

His death was confirmed on Wednesday in a statement released by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). No cause of death was given.

Johnson, whose real name was Wayde Douglas Bowles, rose to fame with WWE in the 1980s.

Known as “Soul Man”, he was part of the first black tag team to win a WWE championship.

Following his retirement in 1991, Johnson helped train his son Dwayne, now a Hollywood star who became a WWE wrestling icon in his own right.

The Rock with his father
The Rock with his father

In 2008, Dwayne inducted him into the WWE Hall of Fame, where “he will be forever enshrined as one of sports-entertainment’s most influential performers”, the WWE said.

In its statement, WWE said it was “saddened” to hear of his death and “extends its condolences to Johnson’s family, friends and fans”.

There was nothing grand about The Rock’s secret wedding to longtime girlfriend 

Wrestling stars have paid tribute to Johnson, described as a “barrier-breaking performer” by fellow hall of fame member Triple H.

Born on 24 August 1944, Johnson grew up in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada before moving to Toronto in his teens, when he began wrestling.

The Rock with his Jumanji co-stars
The Rock with his Jumanji co-stars

In his teenage years, Johnson trained to be a boxer, sparring with the likes of Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. But he would choose wrestling as his profession, entering the industry with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) in the mid-1960s.

Adopting the ring name “Rocky Johnson”, he wrestled for 18 years with the NWA, winning tag team championships. More success would follow when he joined WWE in the 1980s.

“He found his greatest success when he teamed up with Tony Atlas as The Soul Patrol,” WWE said in its statement. “The two men became the first African-American World Tag Team Champions in WWE history when they defeated The Wild Samoans on 10 December, 1983.”

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Described as “physically imposing and wildly charismatic” by WWE, Johnson was best-known for his high-flying drop kick in the ring. A gravity-defying feat, this move would often send Johnson’s opponents hurtling towards the canvas.

In a 2017 interview with Hannibal TV, Johnson said he faced racism during his career. He said “there was a lot [of racism]” but he “wouldn’t be denied” his place in the ring, adding: “I was headstrong.”

“I kept myself in shape and the stuff they were doing in the South, I wouldn’t go for,” Johnson said. “They wanted to whip me on TV, like they used to do with the slaves and all that. I said: ‘No. I came in as an athlete, and I’ll leave as an athlete.’ And they respected me for that.”

When Johnson retired from the ring he offered to train his son Dwayne, known as “The Rock” during his WWE wrestling career.

His son became a huge success in the sport before becoming an actor, starring in blockbuster movies such as The Scorpion King, Fast & Furious 6 and the Jumanji franchise.

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There was nothing grand about The Rock’s secret wedding to longtime girlfriend 

 

Actor The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson has such a simple wedding you will question why Kenyans continue to send millions on a one day event.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashian tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in Hawaii on Aug. 18.

The happy couple is still beaming with happiness a they continue to share photos of the happy day on Instagram.

He wrote

Our Hawaiian wedding was beautiful and I want to thank our incredible staff for their outstanding work. 
To carry out my #1 goal of complete privacy, no wedding planners or outside resources were hired. Everything you see was created by hand, by staff and family only. 
The end results were spectacular I will forever be grateful for helping our hearts sing on this day. 

It turns out it was very easy for the to plan an inexpensive wedding. From serving tiny burgers, to writing the menu on a whiteboard, see pictures of their incredible but cheap wedding.

Here’s how they did it:

  1. They did not have a bloated guest list. It was only family and friends PERIODT, not a plus ten peopletherockweddingfood
  2. They asked for wedding help not wedding gifts. Their family helped plan everything. They did not have wedding planners like Kenyans are known to do.therockwedding3
  3. They held the ceremony in a house, with a really tiny outdoor setup, not tents, no crazy expensive flowers, and other decor.therockwedding2
  4. The catering was done by friends, drastically cutting down the costtherockwedding1
  5. They skipped the groomsmen and bridesmaids dramatherockweddingchef
  6. They made their own invitation cards,

 

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