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Rocky Johnson Bio – Rocky Johnson Wiki
Rocky Johnson born Wayde Douglas Bowles was a Canadian professional wrestler. He was born on August 24, 1944, and died on January 15, 2020. During his wrestling career, he became a National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) Georgia Champion and an NWA Southern Heavyweight Memphis Champion, as well as winning many other championships. Together with his partner Tony Atlas, he was part of the first black tag team to win the World Tag Team Championship in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).
He is the father of actor and former professional wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
He was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, where he was raised as the fourth born of five children who were all sons of Lillian (née Gay) and James Henry Bowles. Being a Black Nova Scotian, he was descended from Black Loyalists who immigrated to Nova Scotia after escaping from a southern plantation in the United States after the American Revolutionary War. At 16, he moved to Toronto where he began wrestling and worked as a truck driver. In the earlier days, he trained to be a boxer and eventually sparred with greats such as Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, but he was always fascinated by wrestling.
In 1982, he feuded with Don Muraco, Greg Valentine, Mike Sharpe, Buddy Rose, and Adrian Adonis. He was then paired with Tony Atlas as a tag team. They defeated the Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika) for the Tag Team Championship on November 15, 1983. They were the first black tag team to hold the tag title. Together, Johnson and Atlas were known as “The Soul Patrol”.
After retiring in 1991, he and Pat Patterson trained his son Dwayne to wrestle. While he initially resisted his son’s entry into what he knew to be an extremely difficult business, he agreed to train him on the condition that he wouldn’t go easy on him. He was instrumental in getting Dwayne signed to a WWF developmental deal. At first, he had an on-camera presence at his son’s matches and jumped into the ring on his behalf after he was attacked by The Sultan and The Iron Sheik at WrestleMania 13. He was never on-camera again after the Rocky Maivia character flopped, and soon Dwayne achieved crossover popularity as a cocky heel, The Rock.
In early 2003 he was hired as a trainer for the WWE developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling, but was let go in May. He made a return to the ring and defeated Mabel in a boxing match at Memphis Wrestling on November 29, 2003. On February 25, 2008, he was announced as an inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame along with his father-in-law, “High Chief” Peter Maivia. Both he and his father-in-law were inducted into the Hall of Fame on March 29, 2008, by his son, The Rock.
On December 20, 2019, Johnson joined the Board of Directors of the International Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Rocky Johnson Age
He was born on August 24, 1944, in Amherst, Nova Scotia. He died on January 15, 2020, at the age of 75.
Rocky Johnson Wife
He had three wives the first being Una Sparks who was from Cherrybrook, Nova Scotia, and a devout Jehovah’s Witness. They had two children, Curtis and Wanda, whom he introduced at his 2008 Hall of Fame induction. While married to Una, he became romantically-involved with Ata Maivia, daughter of wrestling legend “High Chief” Peter Maivia. Ata met Rocky after Maivia and him were tag team partners in a match on the independent circuit. Maivia disapproved of the relationship—not because of anything personal against him, but because of his chosen profession, as he knew first hand how hard it was for wrestlers’ families who were at home while they were constantly on the road. Their son Dwayne was born on May 2, 1972.
In order to provide for his two families, he adopted a frugal lifestyle while on the road, subsisting on beer, sliced cheese, and bologna, “and unlike most of the other boys, I wasn’t a partier”. He states that he and Una parted amicably, and are good friends”. He obtained a divorce in Texas, then filed for a marriage license in Florida a few days later on December 21, 1978, to marry Ata they divorced in 2003. He was married to Dana Martin at the time of his death.
Rocky Johnson Children
He had three children known as Dwayne Johnson (The Rock), Curtis and Wanda his daughter.
Rocky Johnson Family
He was the fourth child of five sons. His parents were Lillian (née Gay) and James Henry Bowles. A Black Nova Scotian, he was descended from Black Loyalists who immigrated to Nova Scotia after escaping from a southern plantation in the United States after the American Revolutionary War.
Rocky Johnson Death
He died on January 15, 2020, at the age of 75 in the Lutz, his Florida home.
Rocky Johnson Cause of Death
The cause of his death has not been revealed yet.
Rocky Johnson Nationality
He is of Canadian nationality.
Rocky Johnson Tribute Messages
WWE stars are paying tribute to his departed soul. World Wrestling Entertainment issued a statement on Wednesday 16, January 2020 night confirming the industry Hall of Famer’s death.
“WWE is saddened to learn that Rocky “Soul Man” Johnson (born Wayde Douglas Bowles), a WWE Hall of Famer, former World Tag Team Champion, and father of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has passed away at age 75,” it said.
“WWE extends its condolences to Johnson’s family, friends and fans.”
Rocky Johnson Height and Weight
He stood at a height of 6 feet 2 inches and weighed 120 kilograms.
Rocky Johnson Net Worth
Rocky Johnson had an estimated net worth of $320 million at the time of his demise.
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