Dwayne Johnson is in need of some serious thoughts and prayers at this current moment. It seems that yesterday, his father and fellow professional wrestler, Rocky Johnson has passed away.
The man they call “The Rock” is one of the most popular professional wrestlers of all time. However, what some may not know is that Johnson actually learned his skills from his father, Rocky. In fact, his father was a true pioneer in the pro wrestling world.
Tragically, news broke on Wednesday, that Rocky Johnson passed away. Details of the circumstances have yet to be revealed. However, the news was confirmed by WWE. He was 75 years old at the time of his passing.
— WWE (@WWE) January 16, 2020
Rocky “Soulman” Johnson was truly a legend in the WWE, ending up in its Hall of Fame. This was due to his contributions in the 70’s and 80’s, as well as being half of the first African American tag team. Ultimately, he would retire from competition in 1991, after several decades of entertaining fans.
Dwayne Johnson clearly followed in his father’s footsteps, even adopting “The Rock” moniker in honor of him. This will clearly be a tough loss for him, as it would be for anybody in his place. He obviously cared very deeply for his father, so this will be a tough time, for sure.
Johnson has yet to make a public statement about the passing of his father. However, WWE superstar Ric Flair did offer some words of kindness.
This is what he said:
I'm Saddened To Hear About The Passing Of The GREAT ROCKY JOHNSON! I Wrestled Him Many Times Throughout His Illustrious Career. His Physique And Conditioning Were Unparalleled! He Was So Proud Of His Son Dwayne! He Raised Him To Be The Rock!! RIP Rocky Johnson! pic.twitter.com/GiXXFQhGlE
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) January 16, 2020
“I’m Saddened To Hear About The Passing Of The GREAT ROCKY JOHNSON! I Wrestled Him Many Times Throughout His Illustrious Career. His Physique And Conditioning Were Unparalleled! He Was So Proud Of His Son Dwayne! He Raised Him To Be The Rock!! RIP Rocky Johnson!”
In addition to that, Hulk Hogan offered words of condolence.
So sorry for the loss of Rocky Johnson. A great man, a great friend and I will always remember he was one of only a few that was kind and helpful when I first broke in. RIP Rocky. I love you my brother HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) January 16, 2020
“So sorry for the loss of Rocky Johnson. A great man, a great friend and I will always remember he was one of only a few that was kind and helpful when I first broke in. RIP Rocky. I love you my brother HH”
The Rock issues statement on the death of his father:
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I love you. You broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed your way thru this world. I was the boy sitting in the seats, watching and adoring you, my hero from afar. The boy you raised to always be proud of our cultures and proud of who and what I am. The boy you raised with the toughest of love. The intense work. The hard hand. The adoring boy who wanted to know only your best qualities. Who then grew to become a man realizing you had other deep complex sides that needed to be held and understood. Son to father. Man to man. That’s when my adoration turned to respect. And my empathy turned to gratitude. Grateful that you gave me life. Grateful you gave me life’s invaluable lessons. Dad, I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side. But you were ripped away from me so fast without warning. Gone in an instant and no coming back. Im in pain. But we both know it’s just pain and it’ll pass. Now I’ll carry your mana and work ethic with me, as it’s time to move on because I have my family to feed and work to accomplish. Finally, I want you to rest your trailblazing soul, Soulman. Pain free, regret free, satisfied and at ease. You lived a very full, very hard, barrier breaking life and left it all in the ring. I love you dad and I’ll always be your proud and grateful son. Go rest high. #ripsoulman #rockyjohnson 🐐
FitnessVolt would like to offer our sincerest condolences to the friends and family of Rocky Johnson. He will absolutely be missed.
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