Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: Celebrating Black Excellence In Sports And Entertainment

by Duke Magazine

Proudly one of the greatest wrestlers of all time and one of Hollywood’s most successful superstars, Dwayne Douglas Johnson aka The Rock boasts of a legendary career in both world’s of sports and Entertainment.

Good looks, super talented and known for his big smile and warm personality, it’s no wonder American actor, producer, retired professional wrestler and former American football and Canadian football player, The Rock, dubbed the “People’s Champion” stands tall amongst the world’s most influential personalities.

Regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, Dwayne Johnson, born to a highly distinguished multiracial family, known for establishing themselves as wrestling royalty; his mother is Samoan, while his father, Rocky
Rocky Johnson aka Soul Man reputably clinched the title of the first black to win the WWF Tag Team Championship is of Black Nova Scotian heritage. Johnsons’ grandfather, “High Chief” Peter Maivia is also a well known wrestler.

Before his full delve into wrestling Johnson first made his debut in football and wrestling while in school. He stood out as an exceptionally talented footballer, even going ahead to win a full scholarship from the University of Miami, where he was a part of the national championship team of 1991. A young Dwayne Johnson would later embrace wrestling, making his WWF debut in 1996, under the name Rocky Maivia. Within a short period, the champ stood out, he won the Intercontinental Championship just three months after his debut.

Johnson made his impact felt for eight years winning hearts with his endearing personality and talent before branching into acting. He is a 10-time world champion, a two-time Intercontinental Champion, a five-time Tag Team Champion, the 2000 Royal Rumble winner, and WWE’s sixth Triple Crown champion.

Undeniably, Dwayne’s influence transcends far beyond the wrestling world, proudly one of Hollywood’s biggest action heroes, the movie star is known for mega hits such as , the Fast and Furious, one of the most successful film franchises ever, The Game Plan, Tooth Fairy, Hercules, Central Intelligence, Moana, Rampage, Skyscraper, Jumanji films amongst others.

Notably, The Rock’s films have grossed over $3.5 billion in North America and over $10.5 billion worldwide, placing him firmly amongst one of the world’s highest-grossing and highest-paid actors. Johnson landed his first leading film role was as the titular character in The Scorpion King (2002).

In 2000, the superstar released his autobiography The Rock Says, a New York Times bestseller.

In 2012, he founded the entertainment production company Seven Bucks Productions. He is also co-owner of the American football league, the XFL.

In 2016 and 2019, Johnson made the Time 100 Most Influential People in the World list.

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