5 Facts About Dwayne Johnson (The Rock)

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5. He Comes from a Family of Professional Wrestlers

The Rock is one of the all-time great professional wrestlers, but he's not the only one in his family with a wrestling history. Five members of his family have been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, including The Rock's father and grandparents.

The Anoa'i family has its own wrestling school, which has produced a lot of prominent wrestlers throughout the years thanks to a blood brother deal with the Rock's line. Dwayne's grandmother, who worked as a promoter in the 1980s, was also involved in the sector.

4. He Wanted to Be in the NFL

Johnson, who is 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs over 250 pounds, could easily run through defenders while making opposing quarterbacks quiver in fear. That's precisely what he did.

Johnson's life focused around football before he stepped into a ring or walked across a Hollywood set. He was recruited as a defensive lineman by the University of Miami, but due to injuries, he was unable to hold a starting position on the squad.

Johnson was signed to the practice squad of the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League following college, but he was cut after only two months. No worries; the WWF quickly discovered a purpose for his unusual abilities.

3. The Rock Was Not His First Wrestling Name

The most electrifying man in sports entertainment deserves a name that reflects his power as a compelling performer, charismatic speaker, and plain filthy trash talker.

However, it took him some time to locate it. Johnson used the ring name Flex Kavana when he initially started wrestling. He took the name Rocky Maivia when he joined the WWF, as a tribute to both his father, Rocky Johnson, and grandpa, Peter Maivia.

To be honest, neither of these previous moniker rolls off the tongue as effortlessly as "The Rock" does, nor do they have the same panache. Fortunately, Johnson made the decision to change, and the rest, as they say, is history.

2: He Was in a Gang

Johnson's wide smile and laid-back demeanor make it difficult to imagine him as an adolescent hoodlum robbing tourists in Hawaii. But that's exactly how he spent his early years.

Johnson became associated with a theft ring targeting visitors in Waikiki, a seaside district on the island of O'ahu, while living in Honolulu. The group preyed on unwary visitors to the area, recognizing and stealing costly clothing, jewelry, and cash.

Johnson was detained several times before his 17th birthday for his role in the gang. Fortunately, he was able to turn his life around by concentrating on school and football.

1: He Is Very Charitable

It's no secret that starring males in Hollywood earn a lot of money. If only they all had Dwayne Johnson's generosity.

Johnson has proven time and time again that his sincerity and charity know no bounds, donating $1 million to his alma mater, the University of Miami, or working with children through the Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation, which he founded in 2006.

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