Dwayne Johnson, who is much better known by his professional wrestling name “The Rock,” has been one of the most surprising additions to the film industry in modern memory. Dwayne Johnson made a name for himself on the professional wrestling circuit, but eventually made his way into numerous film (and even a few) television appearances that have cemented his role in pop culture far beyond that of simply “just a wrestler.” The following are 5 interesting things you may not have known about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
His grandfather was a professional wrestler
When Johnson was first introduced into the professional wrestling circuit, one of his main hypes was the fact that he was a third generational wrestler. There are actually many members of Johnson’s families who have become professional wrestlers, including his grandfather, several uncles, and even cousins. Johnson’s grandfather was known as “High Chief” Peter Maivia. His maternal grandmother (Peter’s wife) was not a wrestler, but she was a professional wrestling promoter who actually took charge of the POlynesian Pacific Pro Wrestling circuit after Peter died.
He is a Canadian citizen
Johnson is actually a Canadian citizen, but he was not always a citizen of the northern country. He only became an official citiizen in 2009, when certain changes were made to the laws regarding Canada’s citizenship laws. This law allowed Johnson to become a citizen due to the fact that his father was born in Canada. Johnson is also an American citizen.
He has an interesting college degree
Johnson graduated from college on a full football scholarship. He earned a degree in crimonology and physiology.
The Rock wasn’t his first “wrestling character”
It’s commmon for wrestlers to go through several characters before finding the character who hits it just right with fans and the industry. His first wrestling character was named Flex Kavana. However, the name was not very successful and he ended up debuting in the WWF as Rocky maivia. Gradually, he earned the nickname The Rock, and his wrestler alter ego was gradually renamed The Rock.
He returned to the WWF part time
Officially, Johnson retired “The Rock” from the WWF and WWE n 2004, after winning multiple championships and belts. He largely pursued a career in the Hollywood industry after his retirement, but in 2011 through 2013 he returned to the WWE on a part-time basis.