Dwayne Johnson, who is best known as The Rock, is a true superstar from WWE. The semi-retired wrestler is highly acknowledged for his stunning physique and exceptional footlight. Following are some more interesting facts about him that you would love to know.
The “Rock-Floey” duo
One of the most unpredictable partnerships in WWE is “Rock-Floey”. You would surprise to learn that they both started their career as enemies at the ring, but the common interest turned them friends of each other. The alliance with Mick Foley helped Johnson to attain his most desirable first Tag-Team championship. Their partnership was known as “Rock n’ Sock connection” and regarded as the most disputable tag-team in WWE’s history. The duo won the tag-team championship title for the first time after defeating the “Big Show-Undertaker duo” in 1999.
He is a former football player
Another interesting fact that might surprise you about “The Rock” is that he was a professional football player before he moved to WWE. After finishing his college in 1995, Johnson decided to join Calgary Stampeders of Canadian Football League. The Rock earned $150 weekly as a backup linebacker, but eventually he found his career in WWE.
“The Smack Down”
It is a self-proclaimed word by the WWE star. According to The Rock, smack down is a lethal blow by him on various parts of opponent’s body. The word was added to Merriam-Webster dictionary in 2007 while it became the show of Rock himself in April 1999. This show originated as one of the main events in WWE.
About his name “The Rock”
We all know that the famous wrestler is known by his name “The Rock”. Only a few know that before adopting this name, he tried two other names; Flex Kavana and Rocky Maivia. He dropped Flex Kavana as it was not the suitable name for the world of wrestling. Now Rocky Maivia was the other choice for him which was also the combination of his father and grandfather’s name, but eventually, he decided to go for “The Rock”.
“The Rock Says”
Dwayne co-wrote an autobiography “The Rock Says” which added more to his fame and went at no.1 The New York Times best seller list. This book is published in 2000 and contains facts about Johnson family legacy of wrestling along with all the struggle and hard work that he did to become a famous professional wrestler. Every WWE fan must be aware of this famous autobiography because it made Rock an unquestionable superstar in WWE.
The Rock & world records
Dwayne is not just a powerful wrestler, but he is a good actor too. He became the world’s first actor to get $5.5 million for his first leading role in a film. His first feature film “The Scorpion King” earned him the huge amount of money as well as fame.