Dwayne Johnson
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Johnson at G.I. Joe: Retaliation premiere in Sydney, on 14 March 2013.
Birth nameDwayne Douglas Johnson
Ring name(s)Flex Kavana[1]
Rocky Maivia[1]
The Rock[1]
Billed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[2]
Billed weight265 pounds (120 kg)[2]
Born (1972-05-02) May 2, 1972 (age 48)[3]
Hayward, California, USA
Billed fromMiami, Florida[2]
Trained byRocky Johnson[4]
Pat Patterson[4]
Tom Prichard[5]

Dwayne Douglas Johnson[6] (born May 2, 1972),[3] also known—and sometimes credited—by his ring name The Rock,[2] is an American actor and professional wrestler who works for WWE, where he is the current WWE Champion in his eighth reign.[7][8][9]

Johnson was a college football player. In 1991, he was on the University of Miami's national championship team. He later played for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League, and was cut two months into the 1995 season.[10] This led him to become a professional wrestler like his grandfather, Peter Maivia, and his father, Rocky Johnson. He gained mainstream fame as a wrestler in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) from 1996 to 2004, and was the first third-generation wrestler in the company's history. He was quickly pushed as a face in the WWF, originally billed as "Rocky Maivia", then as "The Rock". He turned heel as a member of the Nation of Domination in 1997. Two years after he joined the WWF, he won the WWF Championship and became one of the most popular wrestlers ever, primarily for his charismatic interviews and promos.

Johnson is widely considered one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time.[11][12] He has had 17 championship reigns in WWE, including 10 as a world heavyweight champion (the WWF/E Championship eight times and the WCW/World Championship twice), the WWF Intercontinental Championship twice and the WWF Tag Team Championship five times. He is the sixth WWF/E Triple Crown Champion, and the winner of the 2000 Royal Rumble.

Johnson's autobiography The Rock Says... (co-written with Joe Layden) was published in 2000. It debuted at #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list and remained on the list for several weeks.[13] Johnson's first leading film role was in The Scorpion King in 2002. For this role, he was paid US$5.5 million, a world record for an actor in his first starring role.[14] He has since appeared in several successful movies, including The Rundown, Be Cool, Walking Tall, Gridiron Gang, The Game Plan, Get Smart, Race to Witch Mountain, Planet 51, Tooth Fairy, Doom, The Other Guys, Faster, Fast Five, and the forthcoming Fast & Furious 6.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Dwayne Johnson was born to Ata Johnson (Template:Née Maivia) and professional wrestler Rocky Johnson in Hayward, California.[3] His maternal grandfather, "High Chief" Peter Maivia, was also a wrestler. His maternal grandmother, Lia Maivia, was one of wrestling's few female professional promoters, taking over Polynesian Pacific Pro Wrestling after her husband's death in 1982, until 1988.[15][16] His father is of Black Nova Scotian (Canadian) origin, and his mother has Samoan heritage.[17][18] Johnson briefly lived in Auckland, New Zealand, with his mother's family.[19] While there, his mother ensured he was exposed to one of the urban Polynesian cultural strongholds of the southern hemisphere.[clarification needed][19] Johnson attended Richmond Road Primary School, before returning to the United States with his parents.[19]

He spent 10th grade at President William McKinley High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. As he entered 11th grade, his father's job required his relocation to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in the state's Lehigh Valley region. He began playing football at Freedom High School in the East Penn Conference.[18] He was also a member of the school's track and field and wrestling teams.[18] On April 17, 2009, changes to Canadian nationality law came into effect, making all people born in the first generation abroad after 1947 to Canadian-born parents automatically (and retroactively to date of birth) Canadian citizens.[20] Johnson, through his father, thus became a Canadian.

Education[edit | edit source]

Johnson was a promising football prospect, and received offers from many Division I collegiate programs. He decided upon a full scholarship from the University of Miami to play defensive tackle. In 1991, he was on the Miami Hurricanes' national championship team.[21] After an injury kept him sidelined, he was replaced by future National Football League (NFL) star, Warren Sapp.[18] While attending Miami, Johnson met his future wife, Dany Garcia, who graduated from the university in 1992 and later became a member of its Board of Trustees.[22] She also founded a Miami-based wealth management firm. In 2006, the couple donated $2 million to build a living room at the University's Newman Alumni Center. Johnson graduated from Miami in 1995, with a Bachelor of General Studies degree in criminology and physiology.[23]

Johnson joined the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League in 1995, after being passed over by the NFL. He was cut two months into the season.[10][18] On November 10, 2007, Johnson returned to the Miami Orange Bowl to participate in the festivities surrounding the University of Miami's last home football game at the stadium. Johnson has two nephews who play football: Kaluka Maiava played at USC and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2009, and his brother, Kai Maiava, currently plays at UCLA.

Professional wrestling career[edit | edit source]

Training (1995–1996)[edit | edit source]

Like his father and grandfather, several of Johnson's other relatives are or were professional wrestlers, including his uncles, Afa and Sika Anoaʻi (The Wild Samoans) and his cousins, Manu, Yokozuna, Rikishi, Rosey and Umaga.[19] When Johnson declared his intent to become a wrestler, his father initially resisted, but then agreed to train him himself, warning that he would not go easy on him.[18] Veteran wrestler Pat Patterson got Johnson several tryout matches with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1996. Under his real name, he defeated The Brooklyn Brawler at a house show,[24] and lost the other matches to Chris Candido and Owen Hart.[19] After wrestling at Jerry Lawler's United States Wrestling Association, as "Flex Kavana",[4] and winning the USWA World Tag Team Championship twice with Bart Sawyer in the summer of 1996, Johnson signed a WWF contract. He received additional training from Tom Prichard, alongside Achim Albrecht and Mark Henry.[5]

World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment[edit | edit source]

Early WWF run (1996–1997)[edit | edit source]

Johnson made his WWF debut as Rocky Maivia, a combination of his father and grandfather's ring names. He was initially reluctant to take the name, but was persuaded by Vince McMahon and Jim Ross.[16][25] He was given the nickname "The Blue Chipper", and his lineage was played to on TV, where he was hyped as the WWF's first third-generation wrestler.[2]

Maivia, a clean-cut face character, was pushed heavily from the start, despite his wrestling inexperience. He debuted at Survivor Series in November 1996, in an eight-man elimination tag match; he was the sole survivor.[26] On February 13, 1997, he won the WWF Intercontinental Championship from Hunter Hearst Helmsley on Monday Night Raw.[27][28][29] He defeated Bret Hart by disqualification in a title defense on the March 31 episode of Raw.[30] Though pushed as a face, audiences generally disliked Maivia. Chants of "Die, Rocky, die!" and "Rocky sucks!" were common during his matches.[1][4][16]

Nation of Domination (1997–1998)[edit | edit source]

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The Rock as Intercontinental Champion, during his time with the Nation of Domination, at WWF Mayhem in Manchester, April 1998.

After losing the Intercontinental Championship to Owen Hart on the April 28, 1997 episode of Raw is War[31] and suffering a knee injury in a match against Mankind,[1] Maivia returned as a heel. He formed a stable called The Nation of Domination, with Faarooq, D'Lo Brown and Kama.[32] During this time, he refused to acknowledge the "Rocky Maivia" name, instead referring to himself in the third person as "The Rock". He insulted the audience in his promos, as well as WWF television interviewers, once calling Kevin Kelly an "ugly hermaphrodite".[32]

At In Your House: D-Generation X, Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated The Rock in under six minutes to retain the Intercontinental Championship.[33] The next night, on Raw is War, Austin was ordered by Mr. McMahon to defend the title in a rematch, but forfeited it to The Rock instead, handing him the belt before hitting him with the Stone Cold Stunner.[34][35] The Rock feuded with Austin and Ken Shamrock through the end of 1997 and beginning of 1998.[36][37] In March 1998, The Rock overthrew Faarooq as leader of The Nation of Domination, sparking a feud. He successfully defended the Intercontinental title against Faarooq at In Your House: Over the Edge on May 31.[38]

He and The Nation then feuded with Triple H and D-Generation X. The two stable leaders first had a two out of three falls match at Fully Loaded for the Intercontinental title, which The Rock retained in controversial fashion.[39] This led to a ladder match at SummerSlam, in which Triple H won the title.[40] At Breakdown: In Your House, The Rock defeated Ken Shamrock and Mankind in a triple threat steel cage match to become the number one contender for the WWF Championship. He then feuded with fellow Nation member Mark Henry, effectively breaking up the stable.[41][42]

The Corporation (1998–1999)[edit | edit source]

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As part of The Corporation, The Rock feuded with Stone Cold Steve Austin and stole Austin's personalised WWF Championship, the Smoking Skull belt.

The Rock's entertaining promos and ensuing popularity led to a face turn, in which he called himself "The People's Champion". This led to a feud with Mr. McMahon, who said he had "a problem with the people" and would thus target "The People's Champion". A double turn occurred at Survivor Series, when The Rock defeated McMahon's associate, Mankind, in the finals of the "Deadly Game" tournament[43] for the vacant WWF Championship in a fashion reminiscent of the Montreal Screwjob.[43][44][44] The Rock allied with Vince and Shane McMahon as the crown jewel of their stable, The Corporation.[43][45]

On December 13, at the pay-per-view named for him, Rock Bottom: In Your House, The Rock had a rematch with Mankind for the WWF Championship. Mankind appeared to win the match when The Rock passed out in the Mandible Claw submission move, but Mr. McMahon ruled that since The Rock did not tap out, he retained his title.[45][46] The Rock continued to feud with Mankind over the WWF Championship, which was traded back and forth between them. First, in the main event of the January 4, 1999 episode of Raw is War, Mankind defeated The Rock after interference from Steve Austin.[47] Then, in an "I Quit" match at Royal Rumble on January 24, The Rock regained the title, when a recording of Mankind saying "I quit" from an earlier interview was played over the PA system.[48][49] On Halftime Heat (an episode of Sunday Night Heat aired in the same timeslot as the Super Bowl XXXIII halftime show) on January 31, Mankind pinned The Rock using a forklift truck in an empty arena match.[50] Their feud ended on the February 15 episode of Raw is War, when The Rock won his third WWF Championship in a ladder match after Big Show chokeslammed Mankind off the ladder.[51][52]

The Rock lost the WWF Championship to Steve Austin at WrestleMania XV.[53] He also lost the title rematch at Backlash: In Your House.[54] Though he was a heel, his amusing verbal skills led many fans to cheer The Rock. He turned face again after being betrayed by Shane McMahon and began a feud with Triple H, The Undertaker, and The Corporate Ministry. He defeated Triple H at Over the Edge, then lost to the WWF Champion, The Undertaker, at King of the Ring.[55][56] He lost a number one contender's match to Triple H at Fully Loaded, after interference from Mr. Ass.[57] This sparked a feud with Mr. Ass, culminating in a "Kiss My Ass" match at SummerSlam, which The Rock won.[58]

The Rock 'n' Sock Connection and WWF Championship feuds (1999–2001)[edit | edit source]

Toward the latter part of 1999, The Rock had several singles and tag team championship opportunities. He teamed with former enemy Mankind as The Rock 'n' Sock Connection, after he challenged WWF Tag Team Champions The Undertaker and The Big Show, and Mankind offered his help.[59] They won the title for the first of three times.[60][61][62] The two performed numerous comedic skits together, including one on Raw is War called "This Is Your Life" (based on the TV show), in which Mankind produced people from The Rock's past, such as his high school girlfriend and his high school football coach. The segment earned an 8.4 Nielsen rating, one of the highest ratings ever for a Raw segment.[60][63]

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The Rock's popularity was fuelled by his charisma and speaking abilities, which led to many catchphrases and merchandising opportunities.

At Royal Rumble on January 23, 2000, The Rock entered the Royal Rumble match and was one of the final two remaining, along with Big Show. Big Show seemingly intended to throw The Rock over the top rope in a running powerslam-like position, but The Rock countered the move on the ring apron, sending Big Show to the floor before re-entering the ring as the winner.[64] However, The Rock's feet hit the floor first, although those watching the event on TV did not see that. Big Show proved this with additional video footage, and claimed to be the rightful winner. Despite this proof, the original decision could not be reversed, so a number one contender's match for the WWF Championship was held at No Way Out, which The Big Show won after Shane McMahon interfered and hit The Rock in the head with a steel chair as he attempted to execute a People's Elbow.[65] The Rock defeated The Big Show on the March 13 episode of Raw is War to regain the right to face the WWF Champion, Triple H, at WrestleMania 2000 in a fatal four way elimination match, also including The Big Show and Mick Foley.[66][67] Each wrestler had a McMahon in his corner; Triple H had his wife, Stephanie, Foley had Linda, The Rock had Vince, and Big Show had Shane.[67][68] Triple H retained the title after Vince betrayed The Rock by hitting him with a chair.[68][69]

Over the next few months, The Rock feuded with Triple H over the WWF Championship. On April 30, at Backlash, The Rock defeated Triple H for his fourth WWF Championship reign, after Steve Austin intervened on The Rock's behalf.[70][71][72] On May 21, at Judgment Day, the two had an Iron Man match, with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee.[73] With the score tied at five falls each, and with seconds left on the time limit, The Rock was disqualified when The Undertaker attacked Triple H, giving Triple H the 6-5 win and the title.[73] The next night on Raw is War, The Rock got his revenge, taking out the entire McMahon-Helmsley Faction with The Undertaker's help.[74] He won the WWF Championship for a fifth time at King of the Ring on June 25, by scoring the winning pin in a tag team match, teamed with Kane and The Undertaker against Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon, and Triple H.[75][76] He successfully defended the championship against Chris Benoit at Fully Loaded, Kurt Angle and Triple H at SummerSlam, and Benoit, Kane, and The Undertaker at Unforgiven.[77]

The Rock lost the WWF Championship to Angle at No Mercy in October.[71][78] Around this time, he feuded with Rikishi, and defeated him at Survivor Series.[71][79] He wrestled a six-man Hell in a Cell match for the WWF Championship at Armageddon, which Kurt Angle won to retain the title.[71][80] On December 18 on Raw, The Rock won the WWF Tag Team Championship with The Undertaker, defeating Edge and Christian, then losing it back to them the next night at a SmackDown! taping.[71][81] In 2001, The Rock continued to feud with Angle over the WWF Championship, culminating at No Way Out in February, where he pinned Angle to win the WWF Championship for a sixth time.[71][82][83]

He then feuded with the Royal Rumble winner, Steve Austin. The Rock lost the title to Austin at WrestleMania X-Seven after Austin allied with Mr. McMahon, who interfered on his behalf.[71][84] On the next night's Raw is War, during a steel cage title rematch, Triple H came to the ring with a sledgehammer. It seemed he would help The Rock, due to the rivalry between Austin and Triple H (and an argument with McMahon earlier in the night), but he attacked him instead, allying with McMahon and Austin.[85] Austin and Triple H formed a tag team called The Power Trip,[86] while The Rock was indefinitely suspended. Johnson used this time off to act in the movie The Mummy Returns.[4]

Championship pursuits and final storylines (2001–2004)[edit | edit source]

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The Rock taunts Rob Van Dam at ringside.

The Rock returned to the WWF in late July 2001, and had to decide whether to join the WWF or The Alliance (a group of former WCW and ECW wrestlers) during The Invasion, eventually siding with the WWF.[71] At SummerSlam, The Rock defeated Booker T to win the WCW Championship.[71][87][88] He lost the title to Chris Jericho at No Mercy.[89][90] The next night on Raw, he teamed with Jericho to win the WWF World Tag Team Championship from The Dudley Boyz.[91]

The Rock defeated Jericho on the November 5 episode of Raw for his second WCW Championship.[92] As part of the WWF's battle against The Alliance, The Rock wrestled in a "winner takes all" ten-man elimination match at Survivor Series. In the end, it came down to a one-on-one with Steve Austin (who had recently joined The Alliance). The Rock seemed to have the upper hand, until Jericho (a member of Team WWF, who was eliminated a few minutes earlier), entered the ring and attacked The Rock. Austin tried to capitalize on this by pinning The Rock, but Kurt Angle, a Team Alliance member, revealed his true allegiance by hitting Austin in the head with a title belt. The Rock then pinned Austin, forcing The Alliance to disband.[71][93]

The Rock closed out 2001 by losing the WCW Championship to WWF Champion Chris Jericho at Vengeance, in a title unification match.[94] The Rock unsuccessfully challenged Jericho for both titles, now the Undisputed WWF Championship, at Royal Rumble, ending their feud.[95] The Rock defeated The Undertaker at No Way Out.[96] He then feuded with the New World Order, after challenging Hollywood Hulk Hogan to a match at WrestleMania X8. The match was billed as icon versus icon, with both men representing the top tier of two generations of wrestling; ultimately Rock pinned Hogan at WrestleMania X8.[97] After the nWo turned on Hogan for losing the match, The Rock allied with him and then took a short sabbatical from wrestling.[98]

When he returned, The Rock won his record-breaking seventh WWF Championship (now the WWE Undisputed Championship)[99] at Vengeance, defeating Kurt Angle and The Undertaker in a Triple Threat match.[99][100] He successfully defended the title at Global Warning against Triple H and Brock Lesnar by pinning Triple H. After the match, Lesnar attacked The Rock, until Triple H saved him.[101] At SummerSlam, after interference from Lesnar's manager, Paul Heyman and the use of a steel chair, Rock lost the WWE Championship to Lesnar along with the record for being the youngest WWE Champion, which Rock had set in 1998. Following the loss, The Rock again took a hiatus from wrestling.[102]

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Johnson at WWE Axxess in 2002.

The Rock returned on the January 30, 2003 episode of SmackDown! to publicly criticize Hulk Hogan and make it clear that due to the success of his Hollywood career, WWE was no longer a priority. This reestablished him as a heel.[103] The Rock defeated Hogan again at No Way Out[71][81] and drafted himself to the Raw brand where he had various feuds, including one with The Hurricane.[104] He also performed "Rock concerts", segments in which he played the guitar and mocked the show's host city.[105]

After failing to win number one contendership for the World Heavyweight Championship, The Rock turned his attention to Steve Austin who, to The Rock's chagrin, had been chosen as "Superstar of the Decade". This led to a match at WrestleMania XIX, which called back to their previous two WrestleMania encounters, both of which Austin had won. The Rock won after delivering three consecutive Rock Bottoms, ending their long-running feud in what turned out to be Austin's final match.[71][106] The next night, Raw was billed as "The Rock Appreciation Night", in honour of his victory over Austin. That night, he was attacked by a debuting Bill Goldberg. At Backlash, Goldberg defeated The Rock, who then took another hiatus from WWE.[71][107]

The Rock then occasionally returned to WWE in non-wrestling roles, gradually turning face again by engaging in one night feuds against heels such as Chris Jericho and Christian.[108][108][109] The Rock aided Mick Foley in his feud against Evolution,[2][71][110] leading to a reunion of The Rock 'n' Sock Connection. They faced Ric Flair, Randy Orton and Batista in a handicap match at WrestleMania XX, losing when Orton pinned Foley after the RKO.[71][111]

Retirement and part-time appearances (2005–2010)[edit | edit source]

The Rock appeared in WWE sporadically following Wrestlemania 21. He stood up for Eugene, made a cameo in his hometown of Miami and helped Mick Foley turn back La Résistance.[1] In 2004, he hosted a pie-eating contest, as part of the WWE Diva Search and ended the segment by giving Jonathan Coachman a spinebuster and a People's Elbow.[1] After this, Dwayne Johnson stated in several interviews that he was no longer under contract to WWE.[1] He stated he would continue using the trademarked name "The Rock", per a dual ownership deal between him and WWE.[112] On March 12, 2007, The Rock appeared on WWE TV after a near three-year absence, via a pre-taped promo shown on the TitanTron during Raw. He correctly predicted Bobby Lashley would defeat Umaga at WrestleMania 23 in Donald Trump and Vince McMahon's "Battle of the Billionaires" match.[113]

On March 29, 2008, The Rock inducted his father, Rocky Johnson, and his grandfather, Peter Maivia, into the WWE Hall of Fame. During his induction speech, he roasted WWE wrestlers John Cena, Santino Marella, Chris Jericho, Mick Foley, Shawn Michaels and Steve Austin.[114] In September 2009, Johnson appeared at a World Xtreme Wrestling show to support the pro wrestling debut of Sarona Snuka, the daughter of his longtime friend and mentor, Jimmy Snuka.[115] On October 2, 2009, the ten-year anniversary of SmackDown, The Rock cut a promo via pre-recorded video.

Return to WWE[edit | edit source]

Feud with John Cena (2011–2012)[edit | edit source]

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The Rock as host of WrestleMania XXVII.

On the February 14, 2011 episode of Raw, The Rock was revealed as the host of WrestleMania XXVII, appearing live on Raw for the first time in almost seven years. During a lengthy promo, he addressed the fans, Michael Cole, The Miz and John Cena, calling Cena a "big fat bowl of Fruity Pebbles", as a response to a shoot interview Cena did on The Rock a couple of years ago.[citation needed] The Rock claimed to love wrestling, having has been born into the business, a claim Cena argued.[116] After numerous appearances via satellite, The Rock appeared live on the Raw before WrestleMania XXVII to confront Cena, with whom he had been feuding with through Twitter. He made fun of Cena's clothing, calling him a "homeless Power Ranger" and "Vanilla Ice". After he and Cena exchanged insults, The Miz and Alex Riley appeared and attacked The Rock. He fended off Miz and Riley, then Cena blindsided him with the Attitude Adjustment.[117]

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The Rock and John Cena agree to a match at WrestleMania XXVIII, one year in advance.

On April 3, at WrestleMania XXVII, The Rock opened the show by cutting a promo. After appearing in numerous backstage segments, The Rock came to ringside to restart the main event between Cena and The Miz as a No Disqualification match, after it had ended in a draw. As revenge for the Attitude Adjustment Cena had given him on Raw, The Rock hit Cena with the Rock Bottom, allowing The Miz to pin him and retain the WWE Championship. He then hit The Miz with the People's Elbow.[118] The next night on Raw, Cena challenged The Rock to a match at WrestleMania XXVIII on April 1, 2012. The Rock accepted the challenge. They then worked together to fend off an attack by The Corre, which at the time consisted of Wade Barrett, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, and Ezekiel Jackson.[119] The Rock appeared live on Raw in his hometown of Miami on May 2, to celebrate his 39th birthday.[120]

On September 16, WWE announced The Rock would wrestle in a traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series tag team match, teaming with Cena at Survivor Series on November 20.[121] On the October 24 episode of Raw, Cena instead asked for The Rock to be his partner in a standard tag team match against Awesome Truth (The Miz and R-Truth).[122] The next week, The Rock granted Cena's request.[123] On the November 14 episode of Raw, The Rock appeared live, delivering Rock Bottoms to both members of Awesome Truth and Mick Foley. Foley had been hosting a "This Is Your Life"-style segment for Cena.[124] At Survivor Series, despite their rivalry, The Rock and Cena defeated Awesome Truth when The Rock pinned The Miz after the People's Elbow. After the match, The Rock gave Cena a Rock Bottom.[125]

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The Rock celebrating his victory at WrestleMania 28.

Leading up to Wrestlemania, The Rock and Cena had several verbal confrontations on Raw.[126][127] On the March 12 episode, The Rock hosted his first "Rock Concert" segment since 2004, mocking Cena in his songs. He opined that, having beaten Hulk Hogan and Stone Cold Steve Austin at previous Wrestlemanias, beating Cena would make him the greatest wrestler of all time.[128] At WrestleMania XXVIII, The Rock faced Cena in a main event hyped for a year and billed with the tagline "Once in a Lifetime". When an overconfident Cena attempted the People's Elbow on The Rock, he countered with a Rock Bottom for the pin.[129] The next night on Raw, The Rock praised Cena for putting up a good fight, calling their match "an honor". He then vowed to once again become WWE Champion.[130]

WWE Champion (2012–present)[edit | edit source]

On July 23 at Raw 1000, the Rock announced that he would face the WWE Champion at the Royal Rumble. During the show, he encountered WWE Champion CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, and John Cena, all of whom expressed a desire to face him. He later saved Cena from an assault by Big Show, only to be laid out by CM Punk.[131] On the January 7, 2013 episode of Raw, The Rock returned to WWE to confront his Rumble opponent, the reigning champion CM Punk.[132] He also made his first SmackDown appearance in ten years on the January 9 episode, attacking Team Rhodes Scholars with a Rock Bottom to Damien Sandow and a People's Elbow to Cody Rhodes.[133] The Rock closed out the 20th anniversary episode of Raw on January 14 with one of his famous "Rock concerts", leading to a brawl with CM Punk. The next week on Raw, The Rock was attacked by The Shield. Vince McMahon then asserted that if The Shield attacked The Rock in his title match with CM Punk, Punk would be stripped of the WWE Championship.[134] At the Royal Rumble, Punk defeated The Rock after The Shield interfered. McMahon was about to strip Punk of the championship; however, at The Rock's request, he instead restarted the match. This culminated in The Rock defeating Punk to win his eighth WWE Championship, a win which marked The Rock's first WWE Championship reign in over ten years.[135] Punk received a title rematch with The Rock at Elimination Chamber, with the added stipulation that if The Rock was disqualified or counted out, he would lose the title, but Rock pinned Punk to retain the championship.[136] The following night on Raw, The Rock unveiled the new WWE Championship during his championship celebration, with an entirely new center plate and his signature Brahma Bull logo on the side plates.[137]

While resuming his feud with John Cena, the Rock also attended the G.I. Joe: Retaliation premiere as the WWE Champion.[138]

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Film[edit | edit source]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Beyond the Mat Himself Documentary
2000 Longshot Mugger
2001 The Mummy Returns Mathayus / The Scorpion King CGI for the final section
2002 The Scorpion King Mathayus / The Scorpion King
2003 The Rundown Beck Also known as Welcome to the Jungle
2004 Walking Tall Chris Vaughn
2005 Be Cool Elliot Wilhelm
Doom Sarge
2006 Gridiron Gang Sean Porter
2007 Reno 911!: Miami Agent Rick Smith
Southland Tales Boxer Santaros
The Game Plan Joe Kingman Last movie to use ring name "The Rock"
2008 Get Smart Agent 23
2009 Race to Witch Mountain Jack Bruno
Planet 51 Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker Voice only
2010 Tooth Fairy Derek Thompson / Tooth Fairy
Why Did I Get Married Too? Daniel Franklin Uncredited
The Other Guys Detective Christopher Danson
You Again Air marshal Uncredited
Faster Driver
2011 Fast Five Luke Hobbs
2012 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island Hank Parsons
2013 Snitch John Matthews
Pain & Gain Paul Doyle
G.I. Joe: Retaliation Roadblock
Fast and Furious 6 Luke Hobbs
Empire State
2014 Hercules: The Thracian Wars[139] Hercules

Television[edit | edit source]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 That '70s Show Rocky Johnson Season 1, Episode 15: "That Wrestling Show"
1999 The Net Brody Season 1, Episode 20: "Last Man Standing"
2000 Saturday Night Live Guest host
2000 Star Trek: Voyager The Champion Season 6, Episode 15: "Tsunkatse"
2002 Saturday Night Live Guest host
2007 Cory in the House Himself Season 1, Episode 21: "Never the Dwayne Shall Meet"
2007 Hannah Montana Himself Season 2, Episode 17: "Don't Stop Til You Get the Phone"
2009 Wizards of Waverly Place Himself Season 2, Episode 15: "Art Teacher"
2009 Saturday Night Live Guest host
2010 Transformers: Prime Cliffjumper Voice
Season 1, Episode 1: "Darkness Rising, Part 1"
2010 Family Guy Himself Season 8, Episode 10: "Big Man on Hippocampus"
2013–present The Hero Himself Host, producer

Personal life[edit | edit source]

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Dany Garcia and Johnson at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.

Johnson married Dany Garcia on May 3, 1997, a day after his 25th birthday.[140] Their daughter, Simone Alexandra, was born August 14, 2001.[140] On June 1, 2007, they announced they were splitting up amicably and intended to spend the rest of their lives together as best friends.[140]

Johnson co-wrote an autobiography with Joe Layden, titled The Rock Says.... It was published in 2000, debuting at #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list and remaining on the list for several weeks.[13]

Johnson is a good friend of actor and former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.[141]

Public activities[edit | edit source]

Johnson attended the 2000 Republican National Convention[2] and the 2000 Democratic National Convention,[142] and gave a speech at the former. Both appearances were part of the WWE's non-partisan "Smackdown Your Vote" campaign, which aimed to influence young people to vote.[143]

Because his mother, Ata Fitisemanu Maivia, has royal blood, and in recognition of his service to the Samoan people, Samoan King Malietoa Tanumafili II bestowed upon Johnson the noble title of Seiuli during his visit there in July 2004.[144] He is a supporter of the Samoa national rugby union team. During the run-up to the 2007 Rugby World Cup, the team's website had a picture of him holding a personalized Manu Samoa jersey with "The Rock" emblazoned on the back.[145] He received a partial Samoan pe'a tattoo in 2003.[146]

Philanthropy[edit | edit source]

In 2006, Johnson founded "The Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation", a charity working with at-risk and terminally ill children.[147][dead link] On October 2, 2007, he and his ex-wife donated $1 million to the University of Miami to support the renovation of its football facilities; it was noted as the largest donation ever given to the university's athletics department by former students. The University of Miami renamed the Hurricanes' locker room in Johnson's honor.[148]

In wrestling[edit | edit source]

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The Rock preparing to execute the "People's Elbow" on John Cena at WrestleMania XXVIII.

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The Rock performing the Rock Bottom on John Cena.

File:WWE Wrestlemania 28 - The Rock pose.jpg

Signature pose of The Rock.

Relatives in wrestling[edit | edit source]

Championships and accomplishments[edit | edit source]


The Rock as WWF Champion.

1Won during The Invasion.
2One reign was as Undisputed WWE Champion.

See also[edit | edit source]

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