The Rock’s Dad, WWE Hall of Famer Rocky “Soul Man” Johnson, Dead at 75

Longtime WWE celebrity Rocky “Soul Man” Johnson, the daddy of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has died.

The WWE announced the sad news of Johnson’s passing Wednesday evening (Jan. 15). He was 75 years old.

Rocky Johnson, born Wayde Douglas Bowles, made his preventing debut in 1966. He competed within the National Wrestling Alliance all through the 1970s, and in addition earned a number of regional singles and tag workforce titles in these years.

In 1983, he joined the WWE and gained the World Tag Team Championship alongside Tony Atlas after beating The Wild Samoans that very same 12 months, a feat that made them the primary African-Americans to win the wrestling title.

Johnson was additionally identified for having a number of notable rivalries with Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Don Muraco and Adrian Adonis.

Johnson formally retired from wrestling in 1991, however remained within the recreation by serving to prepare severable notable fighters within the years since, together with his personal son Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson—who competed within the WWE earlier than his appearing profession took off.

In 2008, Johnson’s illustrious profession was capped off by his induction into the the WWE Hall of Fame by his son.

The NWA (National Wrestling Alliance) launched the next assertion concerning Johnson’s passing immediately:

“The National Wrestling Alliance is saddened to hear of the passing of Rocky Johnson. His legacy stretches across every promotion. He was a champion everywhere he went including holding the NWA Georgia Championship. Our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family.”

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