Rocky Johnson, a WWE pioneer and father of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has died based on the WWE.
Johnson, who was residing within the Tampa Bay space, handed away Wednesday. Rocky “Soulman” Johnson — began out within the Nationwide Wrestling Alliance within the 1960s, however received widespread notoriety when he joined the WWE within the 80s. He and Tony Atlas grew to become the league’s first African-American tag workforce champions as The Soul Patrol.
A few of his largest rivals have been Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Don Muraco and Adrian Adonis. Rocky retired again in 1991 and he was later inducted into the WWE Corridor of Fame in 2008.
Clearly, his son adopted in his footsteps. It’s broadly identified that Dwayne adopted his dad’s identify for his personal wrestling moniker … and positively carried on the torch lit by his pop.
They remained shut — The Rock even gifted his father a model new automotive and a home for Christmas. Final 12 months he revealed his autobiography — “Soulman: The Rocky Johnson Story” — and his son wrote the foreword.