Rock (Dwayne Johnson)
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Dwayne Douglas Johnson (born May 2, 1972), better
known by his former ring name The Rock, is an
American actor and former professional wrestler.
He gained mainstream fame as a standout in World
Wrestling Entertainment from 1996 to 2004. Since
2001, he has focused on a thriving acting career,
though he still makes occasional WWE appearances
for promotional purposes.
was a nine-time world champion in his career,
including a record-setting seven-time WWE Champion;
his last reign was as WWE Undisputed Champion.
He also was the winner of the 2000 Royal Rumble.
Johnson, the son of Ata (née Maivia) and
professional wrestler "Soulman" Rocky
Johnson, was born in Hayward, California. His
maternal grandfather, "High Chief" Peter
Maivia, was also a professional wrestler. Johnson
traveled around frequently with his parents and
watched his father perform in the ring. He went
to such schools as President William McKinley
High School in Hawaii. As he entered 11th grade,
Johnson's father's job required his relocation
to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in the state's Lehigh
Valley region. He began playing football at Bethlehem's
Freedom High School. In addition to playing football
at Freedom High School, he also was a member of
the high school's track and field team.
a brief period, Johnson lived in Auckland, New
Zealand, with his mother's family. During this
time his mother Ata ensured Johnson was exposed
to one of the urban Polynesian cultural strongholds
of the Southern Hemisphere. His grandfather and
father would end up wrestling extensively in Auckland
with American promoter Steve Rickards. Rickards
staged a successful television program during
the late 1970s-early 1980s, called On The Mat.
Many American wrestlers, such as Harley Race,
and Johnson's grandfather and father, appeared.
Johnson attended Richmond Road Primary School
before returning to the U.S. with his parents.
received collegiate football scholarship offers
from several universities and settled on the University
of Miami. While the University of Miami football
program did not openly recruit Johnson, he entered
try-outs as a walk-on for the program and made
the team, playing defensive tackle. In 1991, he
was part of the Miami Hurricanes' National Championship
team. After an injury kept him sidelined, Johnson
was replaced by Warren Sapp.
met his future wife, Dany Garcia, who also was
attending Miami at the time. Garcia, who graduated
from the University of Miami in 1992, is a member
of the University of Miami's Board of Trustees,
and the founder of a Miami-based wealth management
firm. The two have remained close to their alma
mater, giving a $2 million donation in 2006 to
build a living room at the university's alumni
center. Johnson continued his football career
by joining the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian
Football League after being passed over by the
NFL, but he was cut two months into the season.
graduated from the University of Miami in 1995
with a degree in criminology.
married Dany Garcia on May 3, 1997, a day after
his 25th birthday. His best man at the wedding
was fellow wrestler and long-time family friend
Tonga "Haku" Fifita. Johnson and his
wife have a daughter, Simone Alexander, born August
14th 2001. On June 1, 2007, Johnson and Garcia
announced that they would be splitting up after
10 years of marriage. They indicated that their
parting was amicable and that they would spend
the rest of their lives together as best friends.
2000, Johnson delivered a speech at the Republican
National Convention. Because his mother, Ata Maivia,
had royal blood, Samoan King Malietoa Tanumafili
II bestowed Johnson with the noble title of Seiuli
during his visit to Samoa in July 2004. He is
a supporter of the Samoan national rugby team,
as the team's website during the run-up to the
2007 Rugby World Cup showed him holding a personalized
Manu Samoa jersey with "The Rock" emblazoned
on the back.
2006, Johnson started up The Dwayne Johnson Rock
Foundation, which is known for its charitable
work with at-risk and terminally ill children.
October 2, 2007, Johnson and his wife donated
an additional $1 million to the University of
Miami to support the university's football facilities
renovation; it was noted as the largest donation
ever given to the university's athletics department
by former students. Miami plans to rename the
Hurricanes' locker room in Johnson's honor.
with his father and grandfather, several members
of Johnson's family are current and former professional
wrestlers, including his uncles, the Wild Samoans
(Afa and Sika Anoa'i) and cousins, such as Rikishi,
Rosey, and Umaga. When he declared his intention
to join the family business, his father resisted,
but agreed to train his son himself, warning him
that he would not go easy on him. With help from
veteran wrestler Pat Patterson, Johnson had several
tryout matches with WWE in 1996; he defeated The
Brooklyn Brawler at a house show, and lost the
others to Chris Candido and Owen Hart. Impressed
by his talent and charisma, Johnson was signed
to a deal after a short stint for "seasoning"
in Jerry Lawler's United States Wrestling Association,
where he wrestled under the ring names of "Flex
Cavana" and "Pidlaoan Rock."
made his WWE debut as Rocky Maivia, which combined
his father and grandfather's ring names; Johnson
was initially reluctant to the idea, but was persuaded
to go ahead with the name by Vince
McMahon and Jim Ross.
In addition to tacking on the nickname "The
Blue Chipper," WWE played up his connection
to his father and grandfather, calling him the
company's first third-generation wrestler.
who was first portrayed as a clean-cut babyface,
was pushed heavily from the start despite his
lack of in-ring experience. He debuted at Survivor
Series 1996 and was the sole survivor, and he
won the Intercontinental Championship from Hunter
Hearst Helmsley on RAW on February 13, 1997,
after only three months in the company. Fans,
however, quickly grew sick of the one-dimensional
good guy character, thanks in part to the exploded
popularity of Stone Cold
Steve Austin. As a result, a regular occurrence
during Johnson's matches was the fans' angry chants
of "Die Rocky Die!" and "Rocky
of Domination (1997-1998)
losing the Intercontinental Championship to Owen
Hart on April 28 edition of RAW is WAR, and returning
from an injury, Johnson was allowed to turn heel.
He joined the Nation of Domination, with the nickname
"'The Rock' Rocky Maivia," which was
eventually shortened to just "The Rock."
During that time, Johnson attacked and insulted
the fans in his promos. In sharp contrast to the
overly positive persona of Rocky Maivia, The Rock
was a charismatic bully, eventually driving out
the group leader, Faarooq in February 1998. The
Rock also referred to himself in the third person,
starting many sentences with "The Rock says..."
was soon recognized for cutting arguably the best
promos in the industry. In his 2000 autobiography,
Johnson attributed this skill to his exceptional
performance in speech communications classes at
Miami, in which he earned "A" grades.
At In Your House: D-Generation X, Austin defeated
The Rock in less than six minutes to retain the
Intercontinental title. The following night on
RAW is WAR, Austin was ordered by Mr. McMahon
to forfeit the WWF Intercontinental Championship,
which Austin handed over to The Rock before hitting
the Stone Cold Stunner on him. Rock spent the
end of 1997 and the beginning of 1998 feuding
with both Austin and Ken Shamrock.
with DX (1998)
next feuded with Faarooq, who was angry at the
Rock for usurping his position. The two had a
title match at Over the Edge 1998, where Rock
retained the Intercontinental belt. The Rock then
moved into a feud with Triple H and D-Generation
X. Nation members would fight DX while the Rock
would fight Triple H over the Intercontinental
Championship. They first had a two out of three
falls match at Fully Loaded 1998 for Rock's title,
which would see Rock retain the belt in controversial
fashion. This lead to a ladder match at SummerSlam
1998 where Rock would lose the belt. At Breakdown,
Rock defeated Ken Shamrock and Mankind in a triple
threat steel cage match to become the #1 contender
to the WWF Championship before feuding with fellow
Nation member Mark Henry, effectively disbanding
Rock made occasional wrestling appearances up
to 2004's WrestleMania XX, when the storyline
revolving around Mick Foley had him brought back
to help in his feud with Evolution (Ric
Flair, Randy Orton and Batista). One humorous
in-ring segment involved The Rock hosting his
own version of "This is Your Life" for
Foley on the March 8,
2004 edition of RAW.Rock reunited with Foley after
five years, as Rock 'n' Sock Connection and the
duo went on to lose to Orton, Flair and Batista
at WrestleMania XX in a handicap match when Orton
pinned Foley. This was Rock's last match.
made sporadic appearances in WWE following WrestleMania,
including standing up for Eugene, making a cameo
appearance in his home-town of Miami and helping
Foley turn back La Resistance. He hosted a "Pie-Eating
Contest" during the Diva Search 2004 and
ended the segment by giving Jonathan Coachman
a Rock Bottom and a People's Elbow. After this
appearance, Johnson reported in several interviews
that he was no longer under contract with WWE.
He also reported that the reason he was able to
continue using the name "The Rock" was
part of a dual ownership between him and WWE.
March 12, 2007, The Rock made an appearance on
WWE after a near three year absence, appearing
on RAW via a pre-taped segment on the titantron.
He correctly predicted that Bobby Lashley and
Donald Trump would defeat Umaga and Vince McMahon
at WrestleMania 23 in their "Battle of the
February 25, 2008, WWE announced that The Rock
would make an appearance at the 2008 WWE Hall
of Fame Ceremony to induct his father, Rocky Johnson,
and his grandfather, Peter Maivia.
and movie career
overwhelming success of Johnson's in-ring character
allowed him to cross over into mainstream popularity,
and he appeared on Wyclef Jean's 2000 single "It
Doesn't Matter" and the accompanying video.
That same year, he co-hosted Saturday Night Live
(along with Triple H, Mick Foley, and The
Big Show). The episode was considered a major
success and helped kick-start his acting career.
According to Johnson, it was due to the success
of that episode that he began receiving offers
from Hollywood studios.
filmed guest roles on Star Trek: Voyager and That
'70s Show, and his motion picture debut was a
brief appearance as The Scorpion King in the opening
of The Mummy Returns. The film's financial success
led to his first leading role starring in the
follow-up, The Scorpion King. He was considered
for the lead in a feature-length Johnny Bravo
film, but it was canceled during production.
his last WWE match in 2004, he has quit wrestling
and focused solely on acting. He also continued
to make television appearances, including Disney
Channel's hit show Cory in the House, in the
episode entitled “Never The Dwayne Shall
Meet.” Though Johnson is no longer active
with WWE, the company continues to sell "The
Rock" merchandise, and Johnson continues
to be featured prominently in the opening montages
of their television programming.
was featured in the 2007 Guinness
Book of World Records for having the highest
salary as an actor in their first starring role.
He appeared at the 80th Academy Awards on February
24, 2008 as a presenter for the Best Visual Effects
is also an actor, with his first leading role
in 2001, in The Scorpion King. For this film,
he received the highest salary for an actor in
his first starring role, earning $5.5 million.
He has since appeared in movies such as The Rundown,
Be Cool, The Game Plan, Gridiron Gang, Doom, Race
to Witch Mountain and Get Smart. (Credit:
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