Since his debut as a wrestler decades ago, Dwayne Johnson has become one of the most successful wrestlers of his time. But there’s more to Dwayne Johnson than just wrestling, check out these 25 solid facts about Dwayne Johnson a.k.a. The Rock that you should know:
He played for the Calgary Stampede of the CFL.
Along with Dough Flutie, Dwayne Johnson played for the Calgary Stampede team of the CLF following his failure to join the NFL because of a major injury.
His role in The Mummy led him to his starring role in The Scorpion King.
Before Dwayne Johnson was offered the lead role in the movie The Scorpion King, he held a minor role in the movie The Mummy Returns.
In 1999, he won his first ever undisputed WWF Championship
Dwayne Johnson seized his first ever WWF title 1999, just two years after he joined the WWF.
In the early 2000s, he was earning an average of $120 million a year.
At the height of his popularity, he had an average earning of $120 million a year. This included his WWE engagements and talent fees from movies.
He portrayed his own father in That 70’s Show.
In one of the first episodes of that 70’s Show, Dwayne Johnson played the role of his own father who was also a wrestler. The title of the episode was The Wrestling Show, and it was in that show that The Rock referred to his father as “the most electrifying man in sports entertainment.”
He once played the role of an alien wrestler on Star Trek.
In one of the Star Trek movies, Dwayne Johnson was able to find the middle ground between wrestling and acting. He was the first WWE superstar to have made a cameo appearance in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, where he played the role of an alien wrestler and Pendari fighter whose name was Tsunkatse.
His double in many of his action scenes is his cousin.
In most of his action scenes, Dwayne Johnson seeks the help of his cousin, Tanoai Reed, to act as his double.
His role in the Fast and Furious franchise was originally not for him.
The writer of the Fast and Furious movie actually intended to give the role of The Rock in the movie to an older actor. However, fans eagerly suggested that Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson be in a movie together, so he decided to rewrite the script to fit Dwayne’s character.
He appeared in the music video of the 2000 hit “It Doesn’t Matter.”
Dwanye Johnson has not only appeared in movies and variety shows but also music videos. One of the first music videos he made an appearance in was in Wyclef Jean Trach entitled “It Doesn’t Matter,” which was released in 2000.
He is the first ever third-generation professional wrestler.
Of all known professional wrestlers in the history of wrestling, Dwayne Johnson is the first one to be the third generation wrestler in his family. His grandfather and his father were both professional wrestlers who became popular in the field. His grandfather Peter Maivia used to be the “High Chief” of WWE while his father Rocky Johnson was also a famous wrestler.
He grew up in different places.
As a child, Dwayne Johnson grew up in different places because his father was also a professional wrestler. He was born in Hayward, California but his family moved in to several other places, including Pennsylvania, Hawaii, California and New Zealand.
The success of his Saturday Night Live episode paved the way for his entrance in Hollywood.
When Dwayne Johnson made a successful appearance in the late-night American live television comedy and variety show Saturday Night Live, several Hollywood studios began to be interested in him and offered him roles. It was through that show that he was able to make his way into Hollywood.
He has a wax replica in the Museum of Madame Tussaud in New York City, USA.
The museum features replicas of famous celebrity icons like Rihanna and Katy Perry and is a famous tourist spot in the city. The wax replica of The Rock is among the attractions there.
He realized his dream of becoming a producer and host in 2013.
From being a professional wrestler, Dwayne Johnson decided to become an actor. After he had established his career as an actor, he thought of venturing into hosting and producing. This materialized in 2013, when he got an invitation to host and produce The Hero, a reality competition and game show series.
His acting career has soared since The Scorpion King.
Because of the success of his first movie The Scorpion King, Dwayne Johnson has become an in-demand actor in his genre. Since his debut movie, he has appeared in several other successful titles, including The Rundown, Walking Tall, The Game Plan, Race to Witch Mountain, Tooth Fairy, Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6.
He was paid $5.5 million for his role in The Scorpion King.
Dwayne Johnson’s first leading role was in the movie The Scorpion King. He received $5.5 million for his role, an outrageous amount of money considering it was his first film.
These days, he prefers acting than wrestling.
Dwayne Johnson revealed in an interview he had with Entertainment Magazine in 2006 that he no longer saw himself as a wrestler, and that he was already pursuing his being an actor and a future director. “I am not the Rock. I am Dwayne Johnson,” he said.
He is recognized as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time.
Dwayne Johnson is the only professional wrestler who has had a total of 17 championship reigns in the World Wrestling Entertainment. Of this number, 10 were world heavyweight championships. He also won the WWF Intercontinental Championship twice. In 2000, he emerged as champion in the Royal Rumble and became a triple crown champion in the sixth WWF/E.
Flex Kavana was his first name when he started his career with WWF.
When Dwayne Johnson started his career with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), his original name was Flex Kavana. A year later, he became part of the Nation of Domination, where he became a recognized leader. It was only then that he began to use the name “The Rock.”
The Rock’s first book was published in 2000.
Harpers Entertainment published in 2000 “The Rock Says,” the first book of the Rock. This book is an action-packed and funny memoir that recounts the life of The Rock in and out of the ring. It starts from his boyhood days traveling from different parts of the world with his father. The book became No.1 on the New York Times’ Bestseller List.
He divorced his wife in 2007.
Ten years since their marriage, Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia decided to divorce. Their only child, Simone Alexandria, is now under the custody of his wife. Dwayne pays U.S. $22,000 a month to support his child’s daily needs and pays another U.S. $ 5,000 on top of that for her education.
He married his high school girlfriend Dany Garcia in 1997.
In 1997, Dwayne married his high school girlfriend Dany Garcia, whom he met while attending the University of Miami. Dany graduated from the University of Miami in 1992 and became a member of the university’s Board of Trustees a few years later.
He was a college football player at the University of Miami.
During his stay at the University of Miami, Dwayne received several offers from different Division I collegiate programs because of his being a promising football prospect. After so many offers, he decided to play defensive tackle for the Miami Hurricane’s national championship team. Sadly, he lost his place at the National Football League (NFL) because of an injury.
He comes from a long line of wrestlers.
Dwayne Johnson is not the only wrestler in the family. In fact, he comes from a long line of wrestlers. Peter Maivia, his maternal grandfather, was also a wrestler. His maternal grandmother, Lia Maivia, is also a professional female wrestling promoter. His father, also a wrestler, was the ‘Soulman” of the wrestling world during his time.
He was born on May 2, 1972.
On May 2, 1972, world-renowned wrestler Dwayne Johnson was born to Ata Johnson and Rocky Johnson in Hayward, California. He, together with his mother, kept his Samoan citizenship despite his mixed Scotian and Samoan origins. His father is of Black Nova Scotian heritage while his mom is of Samoan origin.