Dwayne Johnson, born in 1972 in Hayward, California, USA, has had a wrestling lineage running through his family since birth. His father is Rocky “Soul Man” Johnson, the first-ever African American WWE World Tag Team Champion, and his grandfather is Peter Maivia, the first Samoan professional wrestler.
However, the first sport that Dwayne Johnson pursued was football, and he quickly became a star in this field while still in high school. He played in 39 games for the University of Miami and helped the team achieve a national championship in 1991.
If it weren’t for serious injuries to his shoulder and back, Dwayne Johnson might have continued his football career in the NFL. Instead, he ended his football journey in the Canadian Football League and decided to follow the wrestling tradition of his family.
From a renowned wrestler to a leading Hollywood star
Dwayne Johnson showcased his strength in the ring by winning the WWE Heavyweight Championship six times and the World Tag Team Championship five times. His fame as a wrestler caught the attention of directors and producers in Hollywood.
“The Rock” Dwayne Johnson has won the heavyweight championship of WWE and the World Tag Team Championship.