Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
This Hollywood celebrity is mostly known as his ring name The Rock. Full name is Dwayne Douglas Johnson and was born on May 2, 1972, in Hayward, California. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is a Canadian-American actor, producer and professional wrestler, who is now signed to WWE.
Dwayne Johnson is the son of Ata Johnson and professional wrestler Rocky Johnson. He lived in the suburb of Grey Lynn in Auckland, New Zealand, with his mother’s family. He studied up to 10th grade at President William McKinley High School in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Being a promising football prospect, he took the full scholarship from the University of Miami to play defensive tackle. Surprisingly, this Hollywood celebrity did a graduation on Bachelor of General Studies Degree in criminology and physiology.
Though his father defended his desire for being a wrestler, later he trained Johnson himself. Besides, he got training from Tom Prichard, Achim Albercht and Mark Henry. He did his first WWF debut as Rocky Maivia, on Monday Night Raw as a member of “The Stalker” Barry Windham’s entourage on November 4, 1996 and had his first match at Survivor Series on November 17 in an eight-man elimination tag match. Interestingly he was the sole survivor.
That was the start of another history in the Wrestling Industry. He was primarily known as the first Third-Generation Wrestler. This Hollywood celebrity got so many awards to hardly recognize him as a Hollywood celebrity. It would be hard to that he had often a new legacy in the ring, while he was wrestling.
List of the wrestling recognition of this Hollywood Celebrity, Dwayne Johnson as below:
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Match of the Year (1999) vs. Mankind in an “I Quit” match at Royal Rumble.
- Match of the Year (2002) vs. Hollywood Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania X8
- Most Popular Wrestler of the Year (1999, 2000)
- Wrestler of the Year (2000)
- Ranked No. 2 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2000.
- Ranked No. 76 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the “PWI Years” in 2003.
- United States Wrestling Association
- USWA World Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Bart Sawyer
- World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment/WWE
- WCW/World Championship (2 times)
- WWF/E Championship/WWE Undisputed Championship (8 times)
- WWF Intercontinental Championship (2 times)
- WWF Tag Team Championship (5 times) – with Mankind (3), The Undertaker (1), and Chris Jericho (1)
- Deadly Games WWF Championship Tournament (1998)
- Royal Rumble (2000)
- Sixth Triple Crown Champion
- Slammy Awards (8 times)
- Best Actor (2014)
- Game Changer of the Year (2011) – with John Cena
- Guess Who’s Back or: Return of the Year (2011)
- LOL! Moment of the Year (2012, 2013) – insulting John Cena using the history of Boston, Massachusetts – Rock Concert on the 20th anniversary episode of Raw
- Match of the Year (2013) – vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 29
- New Sensation (1997)
- “Tell Me You Didn’t Just Say That” Insult of the Year (2014) – insulting Rusev and Lana
- Wrestling Observer Newslette
- Best Box Office Draw (2000, 2011, 2012)
- Best Gimmick (1999)
- Best on Interviews (1999, 2000)
- Most Charismatic (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2011, 2012)
- Most Improved (1998)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 2007)
The Rock’s seventh reign was as WWE Undisputed Champion.
This Hollywood celebrity has several nicknames on the ring,
- “The Brahma Bull”
- “The Corporate Champion”
- “The Great One”
- “The Most Electrifying Man in All of Entertainment”
- “The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment”
- “The People’s Champion”
The Rock has been listed as one of the all-time greatest professional wrestlers as well as one of the top box office draws in wrestling history.
WWE legend Hulk Hogan called The Rock “the biggest superstar in this business”, 15-time world champion John Cena described him as “the biggest superstar in the history of WWE” and “the most successful WWE superstar ever”. WCW icon Diamond Dallas Page described him as “the biggest star in our business, of all time”. Vince Russo, the head writer of WWE’s most popular era The Attitude Era, stated: “I don’t think there’s ever going to be a star in the history of this business that is bigger than The Rock”.
Many WWE legends and superstars placed The Rock on their “Mount Rushmore of Wrestling” including Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Chris Jericho and John Cena.
In “Cable Visions: Television Beyond Broadcasting”, The Rock was described as “for a long time, the WWE’s biggest star and probably held the greatest international appeal”. R.D. Reynolds stated in his book “The WrestleCrap Book of Lists” that The Rock was “the biggest star for WWE from 1999 until 2004.
Acting career of this Hollywood celebrity is also worth reviewing.
Johnson broke into the mainstream with roles in the blockbuster action films The Mummy Returns in 2001 and The Scorpion King in 2002, the action comedy The Rundown in 2003 and the remake of Walking Tall in 2004. He played a supporting role in 2005’s Be Cool and was the primary antagonist in Doom in 2006. Roles in the Gridiron Gang and Reno 911!: Miami soon followed. Johnson played against typein 2007’s Southland Tales. Johnson played the cocky famous football player, Joe Kingman, in The Game Plan, and Agent 23 in Get Smart. Johnson presented the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects at the 80th Academy Awards on February 24, 2008. He was nominated for the Favorite Movie Actor award at the 2008 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards for his role in The Game Plan.
Johnson hosted the 2009 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards on March 28. He appeared on the Wizards of Waverly Place episode, “Art Teacher”, as part of his stint with The Walt Disney Company. Also in 2009, Johnson played ex-con cab driver Jack Bruno in Las Vegas in Race to Witch Mountain. He provided the voice of Capt. Charles “Chuck” Baker in Planet 51. In 2010, Johnson starred in the family comedy, Tooth Fairy. He made an uncredited cameo in the 2010 film, Why Did I Get Married Too? as a psychiatrist who asks out the recently widowed Patricia Agnew (Janet Jackson). He briefly appears in The Other Guys, as an action-seeking detective. He returned to action films with the 2010 film Faster.
In 2011,Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson appeared in the fifth film of The Fast and the Furious film series, Fast Five, as Luke Hobbs, a Diplomatic Security Service agent assigned to hunt down the series’ protagonists. Fast Five grossed over $86 million in its opening weekend, the biggest opening for a Fast & Furious film, the biggest opening for an April release, and the biggest opening for a Johnson movie.
In 2012, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson starred in the adventure sequel film Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, and in 2013, he headlined the action drama film Snitch. He became known to reinvigorate film franchises after portraying Roadblock in G.I. Joe: Retaliation in 2013, and reprised his role as Luke Hobbs, in Fast & Furious 6, the same year. Johnson starred in true-story films, Pain & Gain and Empire State in 2013. In addition to these films, Johnson hosted and produced the reality competition/game show series The Hero, on TNT. He won the Favorite Male Butt kicker Award at the 2013 Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards on March 23, 2013.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson starred in Hercules (2014), as the title character, and once again reprised his role of Luke Hobbs in Furious 7 (2015). In 2016, Johnson co-starred with Kevin Hart in the action-comedy Central Intelligence, and will have a voice role in the Disney animated film Moana, as the Hawaiian demigod Maui. After the continued success of The Fast and the Furious franchise, Fast 8 was announced with a release date of April 14, 2017.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson married Dany Garcia on May 3, 1997. Their daughter, Simone Alexandra, was born August 14, 2001. On June 1, 2007, they announced they were splitting up amicably and intended to remain friends. Soon after the divorce, Johnson began dating Lauren Hashian, the daughter of Boston drummer Sib Hashian. They first met in 2006 while Johnson was filming The Game Plan, prompting rumors he left his marriage for Hashian. Their first child, a daughter named Jasmine, was born in December 2015.
Johnson’s autobiography The Rock Says…, co-written with Joe Layden, was published in 2000. It debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list, spent 20 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and sold 720,000 copies in hardcover alone.
For his role in The Scorpion King (2002) he was paid $5.5 million and that was a record for a Hollywood celebrity to be paid for first time.
Forbes listed Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson #25 in the Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities in 2013. He is the world’s highest-paid actor of 2016. Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016. In 2015, Muscle & Fitness named Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as their “Man of the Century.”