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Dwayne Johnson debuted in the United States Wrestling Association under the name "Flex Kavana".
Black Nova Scotian (dad side), Samoan (mom side), for a brief period, Johnson lived in Auckland, New Zealand, with his mother's family. During this time his mother, Ata ensured Johnson was exposed to one of the urban Polynesian cultural strongholds of the southern hemisphere.
In interviews he usually claims he’s Samoan and proud of it.
Dany Garcia, Ex vice pres of financial services/investment advisory firm
Met when they were 22 at U of Miami
Rumored that they met at a club where Dwayne was leaving for an orgy, but said it was love at first sight and never made it to the orgy (http://www.famoushookups.com/site/relationship_detail.php?name=Dwayne-Johnson&relid=8980&celebid=2276)
Simone Alexandra Johnson aka Pebbles, born August 14, 2001.
On April 17, 2009, changes to Canadian nationality law came into effect, which now made all children born in the first generation abroad to Canadian-born parents automatically (and retroactively to date of birth) Canadian citizens. Since Johnson's father was born in Canada and Johnson was born in the first generation abroad, he automatically received Canadian citizenship. (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/citizenship/rules.asp)
Early Life – High School
Moved Frequently as a child, living in Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, and Hawaii
Spent most of childhood living with Grandparents in Honolulu.
Sources say Johnson attended Richmond Road Primary School and/or Washington intermediate school (http://www.westlord.com/dwayne-johnson-the-rock-early-life/)
Childhood role models included Elvis and Richard Pryor (http://www.missoandfriends.com/interviews/dwayne-johnson-interview.php)
Attended President William McKinley High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 11th grade, moved to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in the state's Lehigh Valley region for father’s job relocation because his father lost all the family’s money.
Began playing football at Bethlehem's Freedom High School in the competitive East Penn Conference.
One of the most competitive high school conferences in the US.
Was also a member of the high school's track and field and wrestling teams.
Claimed to be one of the Best defensive tackles in Pennsylvania by his senior year (OnlineWorld of Wrestling).
Dwayne Johnson attended University of Miami on football scholarship, played defensive tackle
Although he was sought after by many other schools, Miami was not one of them, which intrigued him and inspired him to join. He had to go through try-outs to make the team.
Was a part of the 1991 national championship football team
FUN FACT: Appeared on an Episode of Martha Stewart Living that year to cook one of his favorite family recipes in 1991
An injury kept him sidelined, Johnson was replaced by fellow Hurricane and future National Football League (NFL) star Warren Sapp.
At Miami, Johnson met his future wife, Dany Garcia. Garcia, who graduated from the university in 1992, is a member of its Board of Trustees, and the founder of a Miami-based wealth management firm.
Johnson graduated from Miami in 1995 with a Bachelor of General Studies degree in criminology and physiology.
Note: On November 10, 2007, he returned to the Orange Bowl in Miami to participate in the festivities surrounding the University of Miami's last home football game at the stadium.
Canadian Football League:
Johnson continued his football career in 1995, joining the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League after being passed over by the NFL.
He made terrible money
He was cut two months into the season due to injury (Online Word of Wrestling) and after much struggle, that’s when he decided to end his football career.
Family influence on profession:
Grandparents: “High Chief” Peter Maivia (also pro wrestler), Lia Maivia (female pre wrestling promoter for Polynesian Pacific Pro wrestling 1982-1988).
Parents: Ata and Rocky Johnson (Widely considered the first black World Tag Team Champion (w/ Tony Atlas)).
Johnson’s Uncles, the Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika Anoa'i) and cousins, Manu, Yokozuna, Rikishi, Rosey, and Umaga are also wrestlers.
Also, Johnson has two nephews who play football. Kaluka Maiava played football at USC and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2009, while Kaluka's brother Kai Maiava currently plays at UCLA.
When Johnson declared his intention to join the family business:
Father resisted, but agreed to train his son himself, warning him that he would not go easy on him.
Trained under the watch of Rocky Johnson and Pat Patterson (vet wrestler).
Made his debut in the United States Wrestling Association as Flex Kavana
Johnson defeated The Brooklyn Brawler at a house show under his real name, Dwayne Johnson, and lost the others to Chris Candido and Owen Hart.
Impressed by his talent and charisma, Johnson was signed to a contract after wrestling at Jerry Lawler's United States Wrestling Association, where he wrestled under the ring name "Flex Kavana". While there, he won the USWA World Tag Team Championship twice with Bart Sawyer in the summer of 1996.
I have included selective moments from his wrestling career to highlight below. If you are interested in more in-depth details, this is the best resource I have found for individual fight dates: http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/r/rock.htm
World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment (WWF/WWE):
Debuted in the WWF as Rocky Maivia (combining Father/Grandfather’s names)
Originally Johnson was reluctant about the name but eventually convinced by Vince McMahon and Jim Ross.
Also took up the nickname "The Blue Chipper," during this time in career
WWF played up his connection to his father and grandfather, calling him the company's first third-generation wrestler.
In ring debut was at Survivor Series, in an elimination match
His debut was the same night as the infamous Austin-Pillman incident (November 4, 1996)
Two wrestlers, Steve Austin and Brian Pillman, were in a feud that saw Austin stalking Pillman, who brandished a gun and threatened to shoot Austin live on-air (all staged, of course…)
The Rock's debut was as a ringside enforcer for Barry Windham, who was wrestling Goldust. Ended up in a large brawl at ringside.
Was the sole remaining member of his team, winning the match.
Won the WWF Intercontinental Championship
Beat Hunter Hearst Helmsley on Raw on February 13, 1997, after only three months in the company.
Started off career as a face character (wrestling term for “good guy”), until fans got tired of it and started to boo and jeer him.
Fans' angry chants of "Die Rocky Die!" and "Rocky Sucks!" at Johnson’s matches.
Result of increasing popularity of Stone Cold Steve Austin, a heel character (wrestling term for “bad guy”).
As a result, Rocky join the heel faction, Nation of Domination. (OWOW)
The Rock Persona:
Led to the beginning of "The Rock" persona, which began The Rock's rise to stardom behind his charismatic interviews.
Would not acknowledge his real name and spoke only in the third person.
He attacked and insulted the fans in his promos.
Johnson was soon recognized for cutting arguably the best promos in the industry.
Johnson attributed this skill to his exceptional performance in speech communications classes at Miami, in which he earned "A" grades. (his autobiography, 2000)
Became a charismatic bully.
One of the best mic talkers in wrestling (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/612857-wwe-power-rankings-the-top-25-mic-workers-in-wrestling-history)
Particular instance of cutting comments for former announcer Kevin Kelly (called him an "ugly hermaphrodite").
Nation of Domination:
Members: D'Lo Brown, and Kama, and Faarooq (Group Leader)
Noatable Rivals during this time:
Stone Cold Steve Austin:
At In Your House: D-Generation X, Austin defeated The Rock in less than six minutes to retain the Intercontinental Championship. The following night on Raw is War, Austin was ordered by Mr. McMahon to defend the Intercontinental Championship in a rematch, but Austin decided to forfeit it instead, and handed the championship over to The Rock before performing the Stone Cold Stunner on him. \
The angry leader of Nation of Domination who left in 1998.
He was angry at The Rock for usurping his position. The two had a title match at Over the Edge, where Rock retained the Intercontinental Championship.
Triple H and D-Generation X.
Nation members fought DX while The Rock fought Triple H over the Intercontinental Championship. They first had a two out of three falls match at Fully Loaded for Rock's title, where the Rock retained the title in controversial fashion. This led to a ladder match at SummerSlam where Rock lost the belt.
At Breakdown, the Rock defeated Ken Shamrock and Mankind in a triple threat steel cage match to become the number one contender to the WWF Championship before feuding with fellow Nation member Mark Henry, effectively disbanding the Nation.
DJ Won his first WWF Championship in November 1998
Went by the name the People’s Champion at the time
Much of this time was described by a feud with Mankind
Lost the WWF Championship title to Mankind on January 4, 1999 in “Raw is War” with help of Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Won title back at WWF Royal Rumble in an "I Quit" match January 24, 1999
Featured The Rock beating Mankind with a chair
Footage from this match is involved in the wrestling documentary Beyond the Mat, as Mankind's family was ringside for the match ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IEqpypXiLg )
Lost the title back to Mankind in a match taped for Super Bowl XXXIII halftime show (Jan 31, 1999)
Was pinned down by a forklift, trash, and other items.
Last Match with Mankind was Feb 15 on Raw is War when Mankind was chokeslamed off a ladder
At Wrestlemania XV, lost the belt to Austin
And lost the rematch on “Backlash in your House” match
Started new feuds with Triple H and Mr. Ass
Had his own Pay Per view called “Rock Bottom: In the house”
In April of 1999 he threw Steve Austin from a bridge into the Detroit River
(he had a contract with Disney for a while—see ‘Witch Mountain’ in film section)
Johnson in clip of the Episode “Art Teacher” on Wizards of Waverly Place where he incorrectly says acting is his first and only job: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDhohqPLIz8
appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno
was a voice on Family Guy
Cameo’d on the TV series, Cubed
7 episodes of Clash Time
In 2013, is anticipated to be in the series “Transformers: Prime”
Usually plays in action movies or family friendly roles.
Was in Documentary “Beyond the Mat” in 1999 as himself.
Film Debut was in The Mummy Returns, playing Mathayus the Scorpion King in 2001
For this movie, got into the Guinness Book of Records for highest salary paid to actor in his first role for $5.5M
Was named one of E!’s Top Entertainers of 2001
He then played the same role in the titular movie, The Scorpion King in 2002
Potential nominee in 2003 for a Razzy award for this film in the Worst actor category
Considered for a Johnny Bravo film, but it was canceled in production
He was still doing wrestling stuff while promoting himself in the acting field.
Other films Included:
The Rundown in 2003
Salary for this film was $12.5M
Walking Tall in 2004
Again, 2nd time potential nominee for the Razzy for worst actor in this film too in 2005
Salary for this film was $15Million
Accidentally smashed a tail light of a Porsche while filming this one.
[By 2004, quit wrestling and started to focus more on acting]
However WWE continued to sell “The Rock” merchandise even after he stopped wrestling.
“Be Cool” and “Doom “ in 2005
Finally got nominated for the worst actor razzy for Doom in 2006
Was Punk’d by Ashton Kutcher while filming Be Cool by getting his trailer set on fire.
He didn’t really care much until they blamed the fire on him (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eZImayYJes)
“Southland Tales” and “Gridiron Gang” in 2006
“Reno 911!: Miami” and “The Game Plan” in 2007
Nominated for a Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Award for Favorite Movie actor of 2008, but lost to Johnny Depp in Pirate of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Get Smart in 2008
Disney’s “Race to Witch Mountain” and voice acted in “Planet 51” in 2009
In 2010 he was in
The Tooth Fairy
Tyler Perry’s Why Did I get Married Too?
The Other Guys
Where he is uncredited as the air marshal
In 2011 he was in Fast Five
grossed at over $86 million its opening weekend, making it the best opening for a 'Fast & Furious' film, the biggest opening for an April release, and Johnson's best opening weekend.
In 2012 he is said to appear in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, GI Joe: Rehabillitation.
Other films rumored for the future include: Snitch, Empire State, Arabian Nights, Goliath, Fast and Furious 6.
Was also featured in several video games (IMDB lists them)
Has a wax figure of himself in Madame Tussasud’s Museum
Skilled light tackle salt water fisherman
Ranked #61 on VH1’s 100 Hottest Hotties
Honored by the Congressional Award in Washington, DC on June 19, 2008 with the Horizon Award.
The Horizon Award is a special recognition from the United States Congress and the Congressional Award Board of Directors. It’s presented to individuals from the private sectors who have contributed to expanding opportunities for all Americans through their own personal contributions, and who have set exceptional examples for young people through their successes in life.
In 2008 was the presenter at 80th Annual Academy Awards for Best Visual effects category
Hosted 2009 Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards in 2009
Co-Wrote his autobiography “The Rock Says…” with Joe Laden in 2000 and it debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List.
August 2004: Dwayne Johnson was crowned a "high chief" after paying an emotional visit to his mother's native Samoa.
The Rock was given the title of "Son of Malietoa", by his Highness Malietoa Tanumafili II.
Fear of Spiders
Wants to play a James Bond Villain. His grandpa, Peter Malavia was in “You only live Twice”
Has tattoos of cultural significance covering his left shoulder and upper chest (http://www.westlord.com/dwayne-johnson-the-rock-early-life/)
His Twitter name is @TheRock
Michael Clarke Duncan (actor)
Accidentally hit him in the face during a fight sequence when filming The Scorpion King
His “Boys” Jon M Chu (director) and RayPark (actor) (http://www.whosay.com/DwayneJohnson/photos/54910)
Dwayne and Ray will appear together in the film GI Joe: Rehabilitation upon its release directed by Jon.