Some entertainers have left us with beautiful long-term memories by playing the unique character and giving us lifetime events to remember in the entertainment industry. However, whenever we remember the wrestling mania and movie industry, not many have done spectacularly with scenes to reflect like this young American.
Today’s story is about Dwayne Douglas Johnson, born in Hayward, California, on May 2, 1972, also known by his ring name, The Rock. He is an American actor, producer, businessman, and retired professional wrestler. Before moving to Hamden, Connecticut, he attended Montclaire Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he spent a couple of years at Shepherd Glen Elementary School and Hamden Middle School. Next, he attended President William McKinley High School in Honolulu, Hawaii, Glencliff High School and McGavock High School in Nashville, Tennessee, and Freedom High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Before 17, he struggled, being arrested multiple times for fighting, theft, and check fraud. His attempt to get a footballing career failed despite getting signed by the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League as a linebacker. He was assigned to the practice roster but was cut two months into the season. His character was even rejected in Wrestle Mania at the beginning of his career.
He was a gifted athlete on his high schools’ gridiron football, track and field, and wrestling teams. He began to get noticed when he won the USWA World Tag Team Championship twice with Bart Sawyer in the summer of 1996 with the name Flex Kavana. After that, Johnson signed a WWF contract. His first match came at Survivor Series, on November 17, in an eight-man elimination tag match; he was the sole survivor and eliminated the final two members of the opposing team, Crush, and Goldust.
His eureka moment finally arrived when he defeated a fellow wrestler, Mankind, in an “I Quit” match in 1999, which ultimately made him a superstar. After that, he went on to win many more titles such as “Tag Team Championship” with Mankind, won royal rumble match in 2000, WWF Championship between 2000 and 2002, and many more. After that, he ventured into Hollywood, where he has achieved massive success in movie roles. His debut movie such as The Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns, in 2001 broke a two-year record for the highest-grossing single day in film history by earning US$28,594,667. The movie’s financial success led to Johnson’s first leading role in the spin-off The Scorpion King in 2002. He received US$5.5 million for the role, and Guinness World Records named him the record-holder for the highest-paid actor in their first leading role. Other successful movies he has featured include the Fast and Furious series, The Rundown in 2003, and Walking Tall in 2004, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Hercules, and many more. His films have grossed over $3.5 billion in North America and over $10.5 billion worldwide, making him one of the world’s highest-grossing and highest-paid actors. As of May 2021, his Instagram account is the fourth most followed globally, with over 236 million followers. A living legend he is, and he’s still doing more.