1) Early Life/ Football
3) Acting career
4) In addition
6) Contact information
Professional wrestler and actor Dwayne "The Rock" Douglas Johnson was born on
May 2, 1972, in Hayward, California. The grandson of professional wrestler Peter
"High Chief" Fanene Maivia and son of wrestler Rocky Johnson, the young
Johnson grew up watching his father perform in the ring. Johnson spent 10th
grade at President William McKinley High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. As he
entered 11th grade, his father's job required his relocation to Bethlehem,
Pennsylvania. He began playing football at Freedom High School in the East Penn
Johnson was a promising football prospect, and received offers from many
Division I collegiate programs. He decided upon a full scholarship from
the University of Miami to play defensive tackle. In 1991, he was on the
Miami Hurricanes' national championship team. Johnson graduated from
Miami in 1995, with a Bachelor of General Studies degree
in criminology and physiology. He joined the Calgary Stampeders of the
Canadian Football League in 1995, after being passed over by the NFL. After
an injury kept him sidelined, he was replaced by future National Football
League (NFL) star Warren Sapp.
When Johnson declared his intent to become a wrestler, his father
initially resisted, but then agreed to train him himself, warning that
he would not go easy on him. Veteran wrestler Pat Patterson got
Johnson several tryout matches with the World Wrestling
Federation (WWF) in 1996. Under his real name, he won USWA
World Tag Team Championship twice with Bart Sawyer in the
summer of 1996 and signed a WWF contract.
Johnson made his WWF debut as Rocky Maivia, a combination of his
father and grandfather's ring names. He was initially reluctant to take
the name, but was persuaded by Vince McMahon and Jim Ross.He
debuted at Survivor Series in November 1996, in an eight-man
elimination tag match; he was the sole survivor.[ On February 13,
1997, he won the WWF Intercontinental Championship from Hunter
Hearst Helmsley on Monday Night Raw. Though pushed as a face,
audiences generally disliked Maivia. Chants of "Die, Rocky, die!" and
"Rocky sucks!" were common during his matches.
After losing the Intercontinental Championship to Owen Hart on the April 28,
1997 Raw is War, and suffering a knee injury in a match
against Mankind, Maivia returned as a heel. Along with Faarooq, D'Lo Brown,
and Kama, he formed a stable called The Nation of Domination. During this
time, he refused to acknowledge the "Rocky Maivia" name, instead referring
to himself in the third person as "The Rock".
He later joined another band of elite wrestlers known as The Corporation
and began a notorious feud with Steve Austin. Also known as "The People's
Champ," The Rock has won the WWF Heavyweight title six times and the
WWF Tag Team championships five times. He continued wrestling until
2004 winning Hulk Hogan and Steve Austin in Wrestlemania XVIII and
The Rock’s return.
On the February 14, 2011, episode of Raw, The Rock was revealed as the
host of WrestleMania XXVII, appearing live on Raw for the first time. There
he had a feud with John Cena that led to match in WrestleMania XXVIII a
year later where he defeated Cena.
Later he had a feud with current champion CM Punk till Royal
Rumble in January when he won a match and became a new
That day it was found that John Cena was a wrestler who would face The Rock
in next Wrestlemania XXIX held in New York. There John won a title.
Outside the ring, The Rock has transitioned into film, dropping the stage
name and simply going by Dwayne Johnson. He has made appearances in
several films, including 2001's The Mummy Returns, 2002's The Scorpion
King, 2005's Be Cool, and 2007's The Game Plan.
Here you can find lists of his awards and fimlography