Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and the professional wrestling community is mourning the loss of Hall of Famer Rocky “Soul Man” Johnson, who was also Dwayne’s father. Rocky was the first African-American tag team champion in the world and was a beloved trailblazer in the WWE family. Rocky was 75.
Rocky retired from professional wresting in 1991, but he was inducted into the Hall of Fame by his son in 2008. The Rock has talked openly about how his father supported his own career in the WWE. The WWE described Rocky as “wildly charismatic,” but The Rock’s heartfelt posts about his dad over the years have made Rocky a legend to all.
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Happy Father’s Day to this hardly ever smiling OG bad ass. Little boys by nature, look up to and idolize their old man. They want to be just like em, do whatever they do and are always looking for their approval. Funny thing is the day I stopped looking for that approval was the day I understood what it meant to be man and more importantly, a father. That shift lifted me to a new level of gratitude for the tough love he always gave. Years later as a man and father of three girls, I know that tough love, is a helluva lot better than no love at all. I’ll take it. It’s made me who I am today. Grateful to the original Rock. #HappyFathersDay #KingStache #RockyJohnson
“The original Rock.” Throat tears, right?