Born wrestler Rocky Johnson, 75, has died

Born wrestler Rocky Johnson, 75, has died

Tributes poured in across the professional wrestling and entertainment worlds Wednesday night for Rocky Johnson, a wrestling legend and the father of Hollywood superstar Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who has died aged 75.

In a statement, the WWE said the organization was "saddened" to hear of his passing and that "WWE extends its condolences to Johnson's family, friends and fans". Called "The Soul Patrol", Johnson and Atlas became the first ever black tag team champions in 1983, defeated The Wild Samoans.

"The Rock" then left wrestling to pursue a career in acting and has since gone on to become one of the world's most influential celebrities.

As WWE recalls, Johnson "had several memorable rivalries with the likes of Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Don Muraco and Adrian Adonis".

Growing up in northern Nova Scotia in the 1950s, Wayde Bowles once spent 25 cents to watch wrestlers like "The Beast" compete at the Bailey Arena in Amherst.

In 2018, Dwayne, 47, talked about how hard the training was in revealing he'd gifted his father a new auto after the former wrestler went through hip replacement surgery.

Rocky Johnson has become famous as the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame and former team world champion. "Post-retirement, Johnson had a hand in training his son, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson," WWE said in its statement. In March 2018, The Rock explained that he'd bought his father a bigger vehicle, a Cadillac, following a hip surgery. "Our thoughts are with his family at this time". Every Christmas, I always think about that story and my dad having every odd stacked against him at 13, but he fought thru it and still made something of himself. I hated it then, but I embrace it now. "I'll take it. It's made me who I am today". He said "there was a lot [of racism]" but he "wouldn't be denied" his place in the ring, adding: "I was headstrong".

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