Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Shares Moving Tribute to Dad Rocky 'Soul Man' Johnson in 1st Post since His Passing
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is mourning his late father and says he’s in pain. Rocky Johnson passed away suddenly earlier this week, and his famous son can’t help reliving old memories in the first post since his dad’s death.
A few days ago, the world woke to the news of former wrestler Rocky’s death. Tributes and condolences soon flowed in from fans all over the world, but his son, Dwayne, was only able to break his silence a few hours ago.
Like most people who lost their loved ones, the "Jumanji" actor paid tribute to Rocky’s memory with an old clip from his glory days in the WWE. The clip Dwayne chose also featured his much-younger self as he watched his dad proudly.
Dwayne, who now has three daughters of his own, has always credited his father for most of his work and parenting ethics.
"You broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed your way thru this world," the heartbroken star wrote. "I was the boy sitting in the seats, watching and adoring you, my hero from afar."
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Happy Father’s Day to this hardly ever smiling OG bad ass. Little boys by nature, look up to and idolize their old man. They want to be just like em, do whatever they do and are always looking for their approval. Funny thing is the day I stopped looking for that approval was the day I understood what it meant to be man and more importantly, a father. That shift lifted me to a new level of gratitude for the tough love he always gave. Years later as a man and father of three girls, I know that tough love, is a helluva lot better than no love at all. I’ll take it. It’s made me who I am today. Grateful to the original Rock. #HappyFathersDay #KingStache #RockyJohnson
Dwayne, 47, added:
"Dad, I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side. But you were ripped away from me so fast without warning. Gone in an instant and no coming back. I’m in pain. But we both know it’s just pain and it’ll pass... I love you dad and I’ll always be your proud and grateful son."
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I love you. You broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed your way thru this world. I was the boy sitting in the seats, watching and adoring you, my hero from afar. The boy you raised to always be proud of our cultures and proud of who and what I am. The boy you raised with the toughest of love. The intense work. The hard hand. The adoring boy who wanted to know only your best qualities. Who then grew to become a man realizing you had other deeply complicated sides that needed to be held and understood. Son to father. Man to man. That’s when my adoration turned to respect. And my empathy turned to gratitude. Grateful that you gave me life. Grateful you gave me life’s invaluable lessons. Dad, I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side. But you were ripped away from me so fast without warning. Gone in an instant and no coming back. Im in pain. But we both know it’s just pain and it’ll pass. Now I’ll carry your mana and work ethic with me, as it’s time to move on because I have my family to feed and work to accomplish. Finally, I want you to rest your trailblazing soul, Soulman. Pain free, regret free, satisfied and at ease. You lived a very full, very hard, barrier breaking life and left it all in the ring. I love you dad and I’ll always be your proud and grateful son. Go rest high. #ripsoulman #rockyjohnson 🐐
Rocky, a WWE Hall of Famer, died earlier this week at the age of 75, PEOPLE reported. The news was confirmed by World Wrestling Entertainment, who mourned the former World Tag Team Champion.
Born in Canada as Wayde Douglas Bowles, Rocky reportedly started wrestling when he was 16. He joined the WWE in 1983 and soon paired with Tony Atlas. Together, they broke many barriers in the sport.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has shared a moving message to his father, WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson.— Complex (@Complex) January 17, 2020
"I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you." https://t.co/xJiXloctkX pic.twitter.com/dZVPPGxW7H
According to PEOPLE, Rocky and Tony became a part of the first African American tag team to win the World Tag Team Championship in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).
After Rocky retired from wrestling in 1991, he went on to train his son Dwayne in the same sport. Nicknamed "The Rock," Dwayne would eventually achieve superstardom thanks to his unprecedented exploits in wrestling.
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Leave it all on the set. Back when I was a punk kid my dad would take me to the gym on weekends and kick the shit outta me in the weight room and on the wrestling mats. He'd say you didn't get up early to come here and give half ass effort. Leave it all in the gym. Years later when I played ball at The U, we applied the same principles: we left it all on the field. When I became a pro wrestler, that was part of my nightly pre match prayer. Asked for the strength to leave it all in ring - whether I was wrestling in flea markets or sold out stadiums. Leaving it all...means you give every f*cking ounce of effort you can, to give the best performance you can give. Whatever it is you do, whatever job you have.. at the end of the day, leave it all there. Rampage has been the most physically grueling role of my career. Got my ass kicked and handed back to me the whole movie. But I'm grateful to go to bed 💯 satisfied I left it all on the set. Who the fuck am I kidding, I don't sleep, but if I did, I still left it all on the set. #LeaveItAllPhilosophy #Rampage
In 2008, Rocky was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, and for the most part, kept a low profile until the news of his death earlier this week. Rocky was married to Dwayne’s mom, Ata Maivia, from 1970 to 2003.
Dwayne, who now has three daughters of his own, has always credited his father for most of his work and parenting ethics. Back in 2017, he recalled learning how to always give every "ounce of effort you can" in any endeavor.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Dwayne and his family as they deal with the loss of Rocky.