Dwayne Johnson’s Dad, WWE Superstar Rocky ‘Soulman’ Johnson Dead at 75

Dwayne Johnson’s Dad, WWE Superstar Rocky ‘Soulman’ Johnson Dead at 75

We are sad to report that Rocky Johnson, former WWWF star and father of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, has passed away. We just learned that Rocky Johnson passed away today at the age of 75.

His cause of death is not now known. The father of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Rocky competed in the National Wrestling Alliance from 1964 through 1982. He quickly went on to become the first African American to win the Southern, Georgia and Florida heavyweight titles before starting his wrestling career with WWE in 1983.

And while he retired from wrestling in 1991, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008 by his son Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

With his father's support, Dwayne Johnson secured a development deal with WWE that launched him to superstardom, first as a wrestler and later as an actor. Called "The Soul Patrol", Johnson and Atlas became the first ever black tag team champions in 1983, defeated The Wild Samoans.

"That shift lifted me to a new level of gratitude for the tough love he always gave".

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"WWE extends its condolences to Johnson's family, friends and fans".

"I called my dad and I said, 'Look, you're probably happy where you're at but I want to do something for you".

The wrestling world is in mourning after the death of WWE legend Rocky Johnson. "My condolences and thoughts go out to his family". Rocky was always extremely friendly and kind to me every time I interacted with him over the years.

He also had legendary rivalries with other iconic wrestlers such as Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Don Muraco and Adrian Adonis.

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