Dwayne Johnson, best known for his portrayals of Luke Hobbs in The Fast and the Furious franchise is one of the best actor, producer, and semi-retired professional wrestler, football player and etc etc…. He is one of the most memorable wrestlers in WWE history. He is also a kickass actor and counted amongst the highest paid actors in Hollywood industry. His hard work and dedication towards the work is truly an inspiration for the people. That’s why he is known as the ‘The People’s Champion’.
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Here we have 12 Unknown Facts About Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Which Every Fan Must Know
(1) Youngest WWE Champion
In 1998, Rock became the youngest WWE champion. He was just 26 years of age at that time.
(2) Johnson’s Grandfather was also a Professional Wrestler
Peter Maivia, the maternal grandfather of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was a Samoan professional wrestler. , “High Chief” Peter Maivia, making The Rock a third-generation wrestler. In fact, he was the WWF’s first third-generation wrestler and was densely hyped upon his professional arrival.
(3) “The Rock Says” was a New York Times Best Seller
Yes, His first book or we can say an auto-biography which detailed his family’s wrestling legacy, as well as his struggle and rise in professional wrestling. The book was a breaking hit, especially among younger wrestling fans who looked up to the superstar as he carried the WWE into the 21st century.
(4) The Scorpion King
Rock’s first lead role was in the movie “The Scorpion King” which was released in 2002. He was paid $5.5 million for the movie. It was the extraordinary fee ever paid to an actor in a leading role at that time.
(5) Top-Grossing Actor of 2013
It seems Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the another name of success. In 2013, Forbes named him the top-grossing actor of 2013, his films collectively earning over $1.3 billion at the box office worldwide.
(6) “The Rock” Was Johnson’s Third Wrestling Name
While we now know Dwayne Johnson by his famous name, The Rock, he previously sauntered down the ramp under names that just didn’t stick. Prior to being the Jabroni-eating, pie-loving superstar who checked his victims into the Smack-Down hotel, Johnson called himself Flex Kavana and Rocky Maivia.
Reports, particularly from IMDB.com, indicate Johnson now owns the rights to the name The Rock, as well as all logos and phrases associated with the character.
(7) Breaking the Records
In Wrestle mania 29, Rock battled with John Cena in the main event that gathered around 80,647 fans.
(8) The Fastest to Reach $500 million
His role as ‘Luke Hobs’ in the movie “The Fast & The Furious 6” is one of the most famous characters. This movie is quickest to reach $500 million worldwide in the history of Universal studios.
(9) Loves Playing Football And has the Past
Johnson began playing football and, subsequently, earned a full scholarship to play defensive tackle at the University of Miami. He was a member of the 1991 Miami Hurricanes’ National Championship team.
Later, after an injury , Johnson was replaced by future NFL star Warren Sapp. He went undrafted by the NFL but graduated with a degree in criminology and physiology.
(10) Saturday Night Live
Back in 2000, Saturday Night Live asked a well-known wrestling celebrity to take center stage and host a show. Dwayne Johnson had become known as one of the sport’s most entertaining personalities, but this was really the first instance that the world outside got a peek at The Rock’s personality. And boy did they notice. It was only five years after Johnson had started wrestling, and was thrown very quickly into the world of Hollywood films.
(11) He Was In A Gang As A Teenager
Before the age of 17, Johnson was detain eight or nine times after being involved in a theft ring. After being evicted from his apartment at age 14, the young teenager turned to crime becoming a part of a group that targeted tourists. He told Muscle and Fitness magazine:
There are a lot of tourists that come into Waikiki and there’s a lot of money. A lot of foreign money that comes in, and we were part of a theft ring that would target those groups. We would target the money, we would target the high-end clothes and we would target the jewellery – turn around and sell it, best we could.
But thankfully, The Rock turned to muscle-building around that same time and credits his training to helping him deal with a lot of the depression that was causing him to act out.
(12) His Catchphrases Was Added To The Dictionary
Back in his wrestling days, The Rock was known for many things, but particularly, fans loved his creative catchphrases. It may seem commonplace now, but Dwayne Johnson was actually the one behind the word “smackdown” and according to Bleacher Report it surfaced back when the wrestler was coming into his own on the mic. Years later, Merriam-Webster would announce the world officially a part of the English dictionary. They claim that “smackdown” was first used in 1997, and ten years later, in 2007, it was officially announced as a part of the dictionary. Now, thanks to The Rock, “smackdown” can be used in Scrabble!