Born wrestler Rocky Johnson, 75, has died

Lula Sharp
January 16, 2020

Rocky Johnson, father of "The Rock" and a legendary professional wrestler in his own right, has died at the age of 75, WWE announced Wednesday. "WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson has passed away", the company said in a statement posted to social media.

He joined the WWE in 1983 and won the World Tag Team Championship alongside Tony Atlas that same year - which made them the first African Americans to win the title in the sport.

Johnson would retire in 1991 but continue to have a massive impact on the wrestling world as he worked with fellow WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson to train his son inside the squared circle. Dwayne would go on to become one of the greatest wrestlers of his generation before crossing over into acting, and in fact, his first non-wrestling role on television was portraying his father in a 1999 episode of "That '70s Show". Johnson also held the NWA television championship on two separate occasions.

Many wrestling figures took to Twitter to pay tribute to Johnson.

"Always a gentleman, I always enjoyed talking with him. Our best to Dwayne, Ricky, Ata and the entire family".

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You can see below some of the initial reactions to the death of Rocky Johnson.

However, Johnson found his highest levels of success when he began his WWE tenure in 1983. Rocky was always extremely friendly and kind to me every time I interacted with him over the years.

WWE extends its condolences to Johnson's family, friends and fans.

Some of his biggest rivals were Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Don muraco and Adrian Adonis.

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