Father of actor the Rock, wrestler Rocky Johnson dies | newshour video.

Father of actor the Rock, wrestler Rocky Johnson dies | newshour video.


Father of actor the Rock, wrestler Rocky Johnson
dies | newshour video. Rocky “Soul Man” Johnson, a WWE Hall of
Fame wrestler who became better known as the father of the actor Dwayne “the Rock”
Johnson, has died. He was 75. World Wrestling Entertainment issued a statement
about his death on Wednesday night. Johnson and Tony Atlas became the first black
world tag-team champions in WWE history when they defeated the Wild Samoans on 10 December
1983. WWE did not give details on the cause or location
of Johnson’s death. “A loss for every fan of @WWE, Rocky Johnson
was a barrier-breaking performer. Our thoughts are with his family at this time,”
tweeted the WWE executive and wrestler Paul “Triple H” Levesque. Johnson helped to train his son, the Rock,
who adopted the moniker from his father. Johnson came to his son’s aid after a match
at WrestleMania in 1997. The Rock inducted his father into the WWE
Hall of Fame in 2008. The former professional wrestler Brian Blair,
another 1980s WWE star, was friends with Johnson for many years and they still went to church
together in Tampa, Florida. Blair said that Johnson had complained of
an unspecified illness and lately had missed church. Blair said Johnson’s wife, Sheila, was distraught
over her husband’s death. Blair said: “He was just under the weather,
he thought he had the flu or something. I said, ‘You need to get checked out, Rocky.’ He said he’d be OK. Then he missed this Sunday, a few days ago. When I talked to him again, he said he still
wasn’t feeling good and he still missed church. He still didn’t get checked out. I talked to Sheila and she said he was just
being stubborn. He died at home, today.” Johnson was born Wayde Douglas Bowles and
began his wrestling career in the mid-1960s. He spent the majority of his career in the
National Wrestling Alliance and later joined the then World Wrestling Federation in the
1980s. He formed a tag team with Atlas, known as
“Soul Patrol”, and became one of the popular teams of the era. Johnson retired in the early 1990s, but helped
introduce his son to officials at WWE.

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