Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was born in Hayward, California to Ata Johnson of Samoan heritage and Rocky Johnson a Black Nova Scotian. Rocky Johnson was a part of the first black tag team to win the WWE World Tag-Team Championship. His grandfather “High Chief” Peter Maivia was a wrestler and his grandmother, Lia Maivia, was one of the few female wrestling promoters, who took over Polynesian Pacific Pro Wrestling after Peter Maivia passed away.
The now 44-year old was a really promising football player and received several offers from many Division-1 collegiate programs, and selected the University of Miami to play defensive tackle. He was later a part of the Miami Hurricanes’ national championship team. But, got sidelined due to an injury, and was replaced by future NFL star Warren Sapp.
Also while attending the University of Miami; Rock met his now-ex-wife Dany Garcia. The Rock after graduating from the University of Miami with degrees in Criminology and Physiology, The Rock joined the Calgary Stampeders’ practice roster as a backup linebacker but was cut out after two months into the season.
The Rock after finding no success in football started training in pro-wrestling. Pro-wrestling veteran, Pat Patterson was the one who got The Rock tryout matches in the WWE and also received training from Mark Henry, Tom Prichard, and Achim Albrecht.
The Rock made his debut in 1996 as Rocky Maivia, which is a combination of both his father and grandfather’s ring names. He was marketed as WWE’s first third-generation wrestler. The entire Rocky Miavia babyface gimmick was not working out for him as the crowd hated him because of his cheesy character, thus making the crowd chant “Rocky Sucks!” and “Die, Rocky Die!”.
Due to such heat he was turned heel by making him join the heel faction “The Nation of Domination” thus, creating “The Rock” persona, which got him over with the fans and turned him into a household name.
The Rock’s cousins are or were pro-wrestlers in the WWE namely, The Usos, Roman Reigns, Umaga, Nia Jax, Yokozuna, Rikishi, and Rosey.
The Rock’s Movies
The Rock’s first big screen outing was in The Mummy Returns in 2001. The Rock’s screen-time in The Mummy Returns was not quite a lot. But, in 2002 the Rock got his own movie titled The Scorpion King, which served as a prequel to, The Mummy and The Mummy Returns.
The Rock played the lead role of the Scorpion King. The Rock received $5 million dollars for The Scorpion King. Although not being a critical success, The Scorpion King was a financial success, earning $165.3 million with a budget of $60 million.
The Rock later did a lot of films like The Rundown, Walking Tall, Tooth fairy, Race to Witch Mountain, Gridiron Gang, and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. All these movies were panned critically and failed to do well at the box-office.
But, later he did movies like G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Pain & Gain, Fast and the Furious 5, 6, and 7, Central Intelligence, San Andreas, and Hercules. All these movies earned quite well at the box-office and also did well critically.
The Rock has movies like Baywatch, Jumanji, Rampage, and Fast 8 coming soon.
The Rock’s Theme
The Rock’s current theme is known as “Electrifying”, which has been composed by veteran WWE music producer, Jim Johnston.
The Rock’s Tattoos
The Rock has got some really great tattoo work done on his chest and arms. He has an intricate Polynesian tribal design that covers the left side of his chest and left shoulder. The Rock also has the tattoo of a bull on his upper right arm, a reference to his nickname in the WWE ‘The Brahma Bull’.
Po’oino Yrondi the famous Tahitian Tattoo artist inked The Rock’s Polynesian chest and arm tattoo in 2003, when he was on a trip to Hawaii. It took a total of 60 hours, split up in three sessions to complete the Polynesian tattoo. The fundamental meaning behind the Rock’s tattoos are as follows:-
#2 Protecting your family
#3 Having an Aggressive Warrior Spirit
The Rock’s chest tattoo features a warrior, which represents The Rock’s warrior spirit and his capability to overcome challenges no matter what. The symbolism on his shoulder tattoo is a bit complex, but we’ve listed it below:-
#1 First there are the Coconut leaves denoting a Samoan Warrior.
#2 Then there is the Sun, which signifies good fortune.
#3 There is a tortoise shell, which deflects evil spirits.
#4 Descending swirls which represent the past, present and the future
#5 Then the Great Eye, which is used to distract the enemy in battles.
#6 Two eyes symbolizing that his ancestors are watching over his path.
#7 A/ga fa’atasi aka three People in One representing The Rock, his wife, and his daughter.
#8 To represent the Rock’s spirit protector and his symbol of struggle there is a broken face marked by shark teeth.
#9 A priest and spiritual guide symbolizing enlightenment.
#10 There are two stones representing achievement and abundance indicating the foundations of his life.
The Rock’s Net Worth
The Rock’s earnings in the year 2016 were $64.5 million dollars making him the highest paid celebrity. His total net worth for 2016 was $125 million dollars giving him the second position below Vince McMahon in the top 50 richest wrestlers list.
There is no accurate breakdown available for his current net worth, but it can be estimated by considering a few factors like; The Rock earns $3.5 million dollars per year from wrestling, he also earned/ earns a lot of money from his roles in movies such as The Fast and The Furious, San Andreas, Central Intelligence etc.
One of the other sources of income for the Rock now is his own line of workout gear. The Rock also has the lead role in the T.V. show Ballers on HBO, which gives him an additional income.
The Rock’s net worth for 2015 is $135 million dollar.
The Rock’s Twitter
The following is the Rock’s twitter account
Through his Twitter, The Rock promotes his movies, his friends’ movies, charities, adverts etc. The Rock also tweets out a lot of funny messages and images, andwe’ve listed out some of them below:-
The Rock’s Daughters
The Rock has two daughters named Simone Alexandra and Jasmine. Simone Alexandra now fifteen years old is his daughter from his first marriage to Dany Garcia. The Rock and Garcia’s marriage didn’t work out and thus they split amicably intending to stay as friends. Jasmine is the Rock’s second child with his long-time girlfriend Lauren Hashian, daughter of Boston drummer Sib Hashian.
Here are some pictures of The Rock and his daughters:-
I'm always asked - What inspires YOU? My answer's easy and honest.. what inspires me the most is always waitin' for me to walk thru my front door when I come home. Happy 4 month birthday Jasmine! One day you'll know just how happy, proud, lucky and blessed you, your sister and your mama make me. You'll also thank me one day for your toughness and your mama's everything else. #HappyBirthdayJas #DaddysLilToughGirl #GratefulMan #Ohana4L
The Rock and Kevin Hart
The Rock co-starred with Comedian Kevin Hart for the action comedy film, Central Intelligence. The film is about two old high-school friends i.e. Rock and Hart, who team up to save America. The Rock plays the role of a CIA agent, while Hart plays the role of an accountant.
The film was made at a budget of $50 million, and collected $215.2 million at the box-office, and was loved by audiences world-wide.
Hart and Rock did a lot of promotional activities for this movie through their social media accounts and by appearing on different shows:-