He is also one of the greatest wrestling superstars to ever emerge from the stables of the WWE and the only third generation wrestling star in history. The story of Dwayne Johnson – the Rock – is a tale of dedication, grit and old fashioned hard work. In this week’s Biographics we chart the rise and rise of 2016’s Sexiest Man Alive – Dwayne Johnson.






 
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He is the most bankable star in Hollywood – an action hero with a massive, ripped
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physique who has impeccable comedic timing and a never ending supply of charm.
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He is also one of the greatest wrestling superstars to ever emerge from the stables of the WWE
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and the only third generation wrestling star in history.
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The story of Dwayne Johnson – the Rock – is a tale of dedication, grit and old fashioned
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hard work.
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In this week’s Biographics we chart the rise and rise of 2016’s Sexiest Man Alive
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– Dwayne Johnson.
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Formative Years Dwayne Douglas Johnson was born on May 2nd,
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1972 in Hayward County, California.
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His mother Ata was of Samoan origin, while his father, Wayde, was a Black Nova Scotian.
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Wayde earned his living as a professional wrestler under the name of ‘Rocky Johnson’.
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To further entrench the wrestling gene in his blood, Dwayne’s material grandfather
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had also been a professional wrestler.
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Promoted as High Chief Peter Maivia, he was the first Samoan wrestler to break into the
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big time.
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A generation later, Rocky became the first black champion to conquer the state wrestling
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scene.
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Rocky hustled as a wrestler, taking on bouts wherever he could in order to support his
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family.
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Times were tough with the family moving from state to state to keep pace with the wrestling
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venues.
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In fact, during Dwayne’s formative years, the family of three lived in 38 of the 50
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states as they became entrenched in the gypsy wrestling lifestyle.
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The only time Dwayne got to see his dad was when he went on the road with him.
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He cherished these times and quickly fell in love with everything to do with professional
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wrestling.
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His dad taught him some basic moves, including the sleeper hold.
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When he was eleven, Dwayne was ‘playing’ wrestling one school lunchtime when he put
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the sleeper hold on a schoolmate.
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The kid immediately passed out.
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Unfortunately, Rocky hadn’t shown his son how to bring someone out of the sleeper hold.
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The ambulance and the police were called and Rocky had to come down to revive the student.
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The Johnson house became a hangout for Dwayne’s school-mates, who knew that they were going
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to have to go several rounds with their host.
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Dwayne would turn these events into mock TV shows, where he would pretend to interview
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the wrestlers.
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He would even interview himself as he portrayed the bad guy.
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His showmanship was immediately evident as he came out with all sorts of outrageous pronouncements
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against his intended victims.
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Dwayne excelled in a number of sports.
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Physically he was miles ahead of his classmates.
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He had his first weights workout when he was thirteen, but he’d been tagging along with
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his dad to the gym since he was 5 years old.
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As he sat quietly on a bench and watched proudly as Rocky pounded out set after set with gargantuan
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weights, Dwayne breathed in the gym atmosphere and marvelled at the sight of huge men doing
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seemingly impossible things with massive loads of iron.
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While other dads took their kids to the playground, Rocky took Dwayne to some of the most hardcore
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gyms in the country.
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It was here that the future superstar learned that there was no replacement for pure, gut
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wrenching hard work.
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A Love Affair with Iron is Born At the age of eight, Rocky allowed Dwayne
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to participate in sports.
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He tried baseball, soccer, martial arts and gymnastics.
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What he was really longing to do was to start lifting weights, but he’d have to wait a
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few more years for that.
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Finally, on his 13th birthday, his dad took him to a local gym for his first ever weights
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workout.
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An obvious place to start was the bench press, which he’d studied for years as his dad
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and others pressed massive amounts of steel from their chest.
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Rocky had his son start with an unloaded bar.
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He pumped out 10 reps with no problem, so Rocky added a 20-pound plate to each end.
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This time Dwayne pushed out 8 easy reps.
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Impressed, Rocky asked his son if he wanted to try the 45 pounders.
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Dwayne nodded his head.
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His dad stood behind him and lifted the bar off the supports – and Dwayne got buried
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under the 135-pound weight.
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He felt embarrassed and ashamed – as if he had let his dad down.
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That feeling fuelled an intense desire to get better at the bench press and within a
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few years he would be bench pressing 400 pounds.
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Between the ages of 14 and 15, Dwayne excelled in the gym.
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By the time he entered high school he had grown to a towering 6 foot 3 inches and tipped
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the scales at 225 pounds.
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His imposing physicality gave him a great deal of self-confidence, which sometimes bordered
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on arrogance.
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Eve though he had developed a healthy dose of self-discipline in the gym, his unstable
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home life, that saw his father constantly travelling, left him directionless when he
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wasn’t pounding the weights.
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As a result, he started getting into trouble.
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It came to a head when he was fifteen and got arrested for check fraud.
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His parents had to come to collect him from the place station.
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When he looked at his mother and father he realized that, despite living from paycheck
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to paycheck, he was the biggest source of stress in their lives.
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In that moment he vowed that he would never cause problems for his folks again.
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Although that was the last time Dwayne got arrested, it wasn’t the last time he caused
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worry for Rocky and Ata.
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In fact, the very next day at school he got into a fight and knocked the other kid out.
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It earned him a two-week suspension.
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Upon returning to school he decided that the student’s bathroom was not good enough for
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him and so he decided to use the teacher’s one.
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When asked to leave he was rude to the teacher and tried to intimidate him with his physical
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presence.
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That night Dwayne felt pangs of guilt at the way he had treated the teacher.
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So, the next day, he marched into the teacher’s class and holding out his hand, said that
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he wanted to apologise for the way he had acted the day before.
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The teacher stared at Dwayne’s hand for a moment then grabbed it and told Dwayne that
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he appreciated the apology.
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Then, still holding the boy’s hand, he said.
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“I want you to play football for me.”
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Football Star
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Football proved to be a positive outlet for Dwayne’s frustrations and aggressions, providing
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him with a renewed sense of focus.
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Under the watchful eye of coach Jody Cwick, he steadily improved, both as a student and
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as an athlete.
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By the time he was a high school senior he was ranked as one of the top 10 defensive
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tackles in the country and was offered a scholarship to the University of Miami, the No.1 college
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team in the United States.
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At Miami, Dwayne’s combination of size, strength and athleticism coupled with his
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strong work ethic made him a standout from the very beginning.
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Practices were going great and he was primed to be the only freshman to play on the Varsity
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team.
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But then tragedy struck.
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On the last day of practice with pads, he crashed to the ground under the full weight
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of his shoulder.
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It was dislocated and a number of ligaments were torn.
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That night he had reconstruction surgery and was told that he’d need a year to recover.
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He was put before the season had even begun.
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Dwayne fell into a deep depression, not even bothering to go to class.
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Then, without even attempting any of his mid-terms, he hopped on a flight and returned home, which
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at that time was in Tampa, Florida.
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After a couple of weeks he got a call from Miami’s head coach, Dennis Erickson.
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He told Dwayne that he wanted him back at school in two days.
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He wanted to talk to him.
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When they met up, Erickson was furious with Johnson.
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He told him that he had embarrassed himself and the team.
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Erickson had trusted him with a position of responsibility and leadership and he had completely
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let him down.
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Erickson then placed Dwayne under academic probation.
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He was to attend every class, every practice and every game – sitting on the sideline.
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However, to get into daily practice he had to get the signatures of every one of his
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professors attesting that he had been to class that day.
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If he didn’t, he would lose his scholarship.
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Dwayne dug deep and did what had to be done.
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He eventually became academic captain and in his junior year was pre-season All-American.
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He graduated from Miami University in 1995 with a Bachelor of General Studies in criminology
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and physiology.
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It was at the University of Miami that Dwayne met Dany Garcia, his future wife.
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They were married in 1997 and divorced 10 years later.
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After a year’s injury recovery, Dwayne wasn’t quite a fast or as mobile on the football
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field.
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He was circuit from the team and replaced by Warren Sapp.
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After graduation from Miami Dwayne went to Calgary, Canada as a practice squad player
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for the Stampeders.
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Things were tough for him in Canada.
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He had hardly any money and few prospects.
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But things got worse when he was cut from the Stampeders squad after just two months.
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A Wrestler Like His Dad Arriving back at his parents’ tiny apartment
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in Tampa, Dwayne was now at rock bottom.
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His football career was effectively over.
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He needed to look in another direction.
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He dug deep and realized that all of his life his passion had been professional wrestling.
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If he never turned his hand to it, he would forever be unfulfilled.
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And if he was going to step into that world, now was the time.
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His mother and girlfriend encouraged him to go for it, but Dwayne’s dad had major reservations.
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Rocky knew firsthand just how tough the life of a wrestler was and he wanted more for his
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son.
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Yet, he vowed to stand behind his son, so long as he put 11% effort into becoming successful.
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Rocky now became Dwayne’s full-time wrestling coach.
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From the start, though, he taught him much more than wrestling moves.
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He taught him how to be a showman.
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After a few months of intensive work, Rocky felt his son was ready to take the next step.
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He got in touch with a former wrestler named Pat Patterson who was now a talent agent.
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Patterson came to check out what Dwayne looked like in the ring.
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Impressed he arranged for a signing with the WWE.
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Dwayne was put into the minor leagues and was given the name ‘Rocky Maivia’ in homage
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to both his father and grandfather.
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He started wrestling in small arenas for $20 a pop, but it didn’t take long before he
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got his break.
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The 1996 WWE Survivor series was televised live on TV from Madison Square Garden – and
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the new kid on the block was ‘Rocky Maivia.’
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He made an immediate impression, establishing himself as a rising WWE star by becoming the
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last man standing.
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Rocky Maivia took on a charismatic, in your face persona which proved to be too loud and
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arrogant for many diehard WWE fans.
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His character was rejected for being too tacky and fans came to see Rocky Maivia as an extremely
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unlikeable character.
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When he wrestled the stadium would be littered with signs reading ‘Rocky Sucks’ and ‘Die
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Rocky, Die.’
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But his perseverance and the constant refining of his character eventually won the fans over.
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Fans came to appreciate that Rocky’s narcissism was tongue in cheek, much in the mould of
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Muhammad Ali and they began to enjoy his over the top sense of humour.
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When he shortened his name to ‘The Rock’, the fans embraced it and, within a year, he
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had transformed the wrestler everyone loved to hate to the ‘people’s champ.’
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Dominating the WWE Throughout 1997 and 1998 the Rock had ongoing
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battles with Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H and Mankind.
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Throughout 1999 the WWF championship belt passed between The Rock and Mankind several
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times during a series of epic encounters.
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Then towards the end of ‘99, the two teamed up to become the Rock ‘n Sock Connection
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and going on to win the tag team championship three times.
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The Rock and Mankind also performed comedy skits on WWE live telecasts.
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One of them was a take-off of This is Your Life in which Mankind interviewed people from
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the Rock’s past.
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The segment drew an 8.4 Nielsen rating, one of the highest ever for a WWE segment.
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In 2001, the Rock was suspended indefinitely during the airing of Raw is War.
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He used the suspension as an opportunity to move into the acting arena.
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Still, he would return again and again to the wrestling ring.
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In 2011 he was the host of Wrestlemania 2011.
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He spent a large part of the promo build up insulting and taunting John Cena, who he had
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already been calling out on social media.
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A feud developed between the two which continued for another two years.
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When he finally stepped away from the wrestling ring in 2016 The Rock had established himself
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as one of the great pro wrestlers of all time.
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Hulk Hogan, himself a dominating WWE figure, referred to him as ‘the biggest superstar
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in the business’, a sentiment which was echoed by John Cena.
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One of his many catch-phrases, ‘lay the smackdown’, inspired the title of television’s
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second longest running TV series, Smackdown!
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The Rock has also entrenched himself in the WWE record books.
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He was the first wrestler to win the WWF / WWE championship seven times.
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And his intercontinental championship reign of 265 days is the longest in the modern era.
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A New Career Beckons Dwayne’s huge popularity as a WWE character
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allowed him to cross over into mainstream media.
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His first acting job was in a 1999 episode of That 70’s Show in which played his own
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father.
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In 2000, he appeared in Star Trek: Voyager as an alien wrestler.
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His first movie appearance was a small role in 2001’s The Mummy Returns.
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The movie was a smash hit, leading to a reprisal of his role, this time as the lead, in The
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Scorpion King.
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Johnson was paid $5.5 million for the role, earning him a spot in the Guinness Book of
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Records as the highest paid actor in a debut, despite it actually being his second movie.
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The Scorpion King established Johnson as a bona fide star.
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With his comedic talents clearly established through his wrestling career, his next film,
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the action comedy The Rundown was a natural next step.
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This was followed up with a remake of the true story of kick-ass sheriff Buford Pusser
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in Walking Tall.
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This role cemented Johnson’s position as the ultimate hard as nails action hero with
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a heart of gold.
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Over the next few years, Dwayne skipped between comedies and action movies with such films
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as Be Cool, Doom, Tooth Fairy (a film which was originally written for one of the Rock’s
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heroes, Arnold Schwarzenegger) and The Fast and The Furious franchise.
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His debut in Fast and Furious came in the fifth movie, after fans demanded to see a
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showdown between Johnson and Vin Diesel.
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The movie was the most successful in the entire franchise, making more than $86 million on
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its opening weekend.
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This remains the biggest opening for any Johnson movie.
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Dwayne has interspersed his movie roles with appearances on a number of TV shows, many
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of them aimed at a pre-teen audience.
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He appeared in episodes of Cory in the House and The Wizards of Waverly Place and was the
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host of the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards in 2009.
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That year he also appeared several times on Saturday Night Live where he introduced his
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Rock Obama character, a morphing of President Obama with the Incredible Hulk.
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Superstar By the end of the 2000’s, Johnson had developed
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a reputation as a bankable star who could not only carry a new movie, but also had a
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proven record of being able to revive franchises that were getting tired.
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He became known as a very busy actor, with at least a couple of new movies coming out
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each year.
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In 2013, Johnson starred in a couple of true life-based movie, Pain and Gain and Empire
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State.
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He also announced that year that he was to executive produce and star in an HBO TV series
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set in the world of professional football called Ballers.
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In December, 2013, Forbes magazine named Johnson as the highest paid actor of the year, with
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earnings of $1.3 billion.
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Ballers, which debuted on HBO in June 2015, proved to be a huge success.
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Johnson, who plays Spencer Strathmore, a retired NFL player who has gone on to a career as
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a financial planner for current NFL players, received props for his charm and depth.
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As of 2018, the show is into its fourth season.
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In 2014, Johnson played the title character in Hercules.
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For this role he stepped up his already gruelling workout and nutrition protocol in order to
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get as impressively muscular as possible.
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He followed this up with the huge disaster hit San Andreas, before switching back to
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comedy with Central Intelligence, alongside Kevin Hart.
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2016 saw Johnson teaming with Zac Efron for a feature movie version of the classic beach
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and babes TV series Baywatch.
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The two hulky actors created a lot of pre-release buzz with their epic beach workouts in which
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Johnson would present Efron with gut-busting physical challenges.
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The movie, however, was a box office disappointment.
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Johnson finished out 2016 by learning that he had been voted People Magazine’s Sexiest
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Man Alive.
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The next big project was a remake of the Robin Williams classic Jumanji.
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Johnson, along with co-stars Jack Black and Kevin Hart, brought a new, updated angle to
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the story that resonated with fans.
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The movie has so far brought in $829 million on a $90 million budget.
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The Rock’s Anchor Throughout his life Dwayne has had one constant
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that has kept him grounded and which he credits as the basis of everything that he has achieved;
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the gym.
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From those earliest days when he would sit and watch his father dominate the weights
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in the 1970’s, the sights, smells and sounds of working out became an integral part of
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his being.
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Dwayne’s workout intensity and dedication have been an inspiration to millions.
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He hits the gym at 4 o’clock every morning, training for up to 2 hours with heavy basic
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compound moves, interspersed with cardio to keep his body fat percentage into the single
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digits.
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He is a favourite with the bodybuilding community, appearing as a guest host at the 2016 Mr.
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Olympia competition.
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Since 2014, Dwayne has been living in Southwest Ranches in Florida.
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His first child, Simone, was born in 2001, while he was still married to her mother,
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Dany.
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In 2015 his second daughter, Jasmine was born to his girlfriend of 9 years, Lauren Hashian.
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Dwayne Johnson has risen from humble beginnings to establish himself as the most bankable
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movie star of the 21st century.
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In the process he has brought back to mainstream entertainment the sort of alpha male persona
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that has been so absent for so long.
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He has become
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the people’s champion once again.


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