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Rocky Johnson
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Ring name(s) Sweet Ebony Diamond
Drew Glasteau
"Soulman" Rocky Johnson
Billed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Billed weight 247 lb (112 kg/17.6 st)
Born August 24, 1944 (1944-08-24) (age 63)
Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada
Billed from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Trained by Peter Maivia
Rocky Bollie
Kurt Von Steiger
Debut 1966
Retired 1991

Rocky Johnson (born Wayde Bowles on August 24, 1944) is a retired Canadian professional wrestler. Quite popular in his own right in the 1970s and '80s, he is also known for being the father of actor and former wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.[1] During his wrestling career he became a 1-time NWA Georgia Champion as well as winning many other championships. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Look up pound in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Kg redirects here. ... The stone is a unit of mass in the Imperial system of weights and measures used in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and most Commonwealth countries. ... is the 236th day of the year (237th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Nova Scotia Visitor Information Centre, located in Fort Lawrence, 3 kilometres west of Amherst. ... Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Diversity Our Strength Image:Toronto, Ontario Location. ... Peter Maivia (born 1935 - died June 13, 1982) was a professional wrestler better known as High Chief Peter Maivia. ... is the 236th day of the year (237th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Main articles: History of Canada, Timeline of Canadian history Canada has been inhabited by aboriginal peoples (known in Canada as First Nations) for at least 40,000 years. ... For the NES video game, see Pro Wrestling (video game). ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Dwayne Douglas Johnson[4] (born May 2, 1972)[3], better known by his former ring name The Rock, is an American actor and former professional wrestler. ...

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Career

Throughout his career, "Soulman" Rocky Johnson wrestled for the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), World Wrestling Federation (WWF), and many smaller and overseas promotions. He reached the high point of his career in the WWF in 1983, as WWF Tag Team Champions with Tony Atlas. Johnson and Atlas were notable not only for their popularity but also for being the first black WWF Tag Team Champions. Together, Rocky Johnson and Tony Atlas were known as The Soul Patrol. The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is the largest governing body for a group of independent professional wrestling promotions and sanctions various NWA championships. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... This article is about the tag team championship that is currently defended on the RAW brand of WWE. For SmackDown!s tag team championship, see WWE Tag Team Championship. ... Anthony White[1] (born April 23, 1954) is a bodybuilder, powerlifter, and former professional wrestler who performed under the ring name Tony Atlas. ... Though most indigenous Africans possess relatively dark skin, they exhibit much variation in physical appearance. ...


Johnson was a top contender in the NWA in the 1970s, receiving title matches against then-World Champions Terry Funk and Harley Race. He was well-suited to tag team wrestling, winning several regional tag team championships in the NWA. In 1983, he was recruited by the WWF and paired with Tony Atlas, another popular black wrestler. They defeated the Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika Anoai) for the Tag Team Championship on November 15, 1983.[2] Johnson married into the prolific Samoan wrestling family, of which the Anoais were a part, by marrying "High Chief" Peter Maivia's daughter Ata. The couple had a son, Dwayne, in 1972. Ata met Rocky after Maivia and Johnson were tag team partners in a match on the independent scene. Maivia disapproved of the relationship - not because of anything personal against Johnson, but because of Johnson's chosen profession.[3] The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Heavyweight Championship is the primary professional wrestling title in the National Wrestling Alliance. ... Terrance (Terry) Funk (born June 30, 1944) is an American professional wrestler, known chiefly for the hardcore wrestling style he adopted in the later part of his career that inspired many later wrestlers, most notably Mick Foley. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A professional wrestling tag-team consists of two or occasionally three wrestlers who are working together as a team. ... For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ... Anthony White[1] (born April 23, 1954) is a bodybuilder, powerlifter, and former professional wrestler who performed under the ring name Tony Atlas. ... The Wild Samoans was the tag team of Afa & Sika in Mid-South Wrestling, NWA & WWE (then WWWF). ... Afa Anoai is a former professional wrestler/manager. ... Sika battles Rocky Johnson Sika Anoai was a professional wrestler and is the brother of wrestler Afa Anoai. ... is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ... Peter Maivia (born 1935 - died June 13, 1982) was a professional wrestler better known as High Chief Peter Maivia. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the NES video game, see Pro Wrestling (video game). ...


After retiring in 1991, Johnson along with Pat Patterson, eventually trained his son Dwayne to wrestle. While he initially resisted his son's entry into the business because he knew it was extremely difficult, he agreed to train his son on the condition that he would not go easy on him. Johnson was instrumental in getting Dwayne (later dubbed "Rocky Maivia" after both Rocky Johnson's and Peter Maivia's ring names) signed to a WWF developmental deal. Initially, Johnson had an on-camera presence at his son's matches, famously jumping into the ring on his son's behalf after he was attacked by several other wrestlers at WrestleMania 13. Johnson was not seen on-camera again after the Rocky Maivia character flopped, but this was actually a blessing, as his son achieved crossover popularity as a cocky heel, The Rock. For the Florida politician, see Pat Patterson (politician). ... WrestleMania 13 was the thirteenth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. ... In professional wrestling, a heel is a villain character. ...


Johnson was hired as a trainer for the WWE developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling, in early 2003 but was let go in May of that year. Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) is an American independent professional wrestling promotion based in Louisville, Kentucky. ...


On February 25, 2008, Johnson was announced as an inductee for the 2008 class of the WWE Hall of Fame along with his father-in-law "High Chief" Peter Maivia. They were inducted into the Hall of Fame on March 29, 2008 by his son and former professional wrestler, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... WWE Hall of Fame logo, 2004-present. ... Peter Maivia (born 1935 - died June 13, 1982) was a professional wrestler better known as High Chief Peter Maivia. ... is the 88th day of the year (89th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... Dwayne Douglas Johnson[4] (born May 2, 1972)[3], better known by his former ring name The Rock, is an American actor and former professional wrestler. ...


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Personal life

He has lived in Davie, Florida with his wife, Ata, but they later divorced. Johnson remarried and still resides in Davie, Florida.[citation needed] He is the father of the now former pro wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. He is also the son-in-law of pro-wrestler "High Chief" Peter Maivia. Davie is a town located in Broward County, Florida, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 75,720. ... Davie is a town located in Broward County, Florida, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 75,720. ... Dwayne Douglas Johnson[4] (born May 2, 1972)[3], better known by his former ring name The Rock, is an American actor and former professional wrestler. ... Peter Maivia (born 1935 - died June 13, 1982) was a professional wrestler better known as High Chief Peter Maivia. ...


In wrestling

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Relatives in wrestling

Main article: Anoa'i family

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Championships and accomplishments

  • NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • NWA Canadian Tag Team Championship (Vancouver version) (1 time) - with Don Leo Jonathan
  • NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Memphis version) (1 time)
  • PWI ranked him # 211 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003.

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Notes

  1. ^ Foley, Mick. Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks (p.36)
  2. ^ Foley, Mick. Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks (p.36)
  3. ^ Rock, The. The Rock Says... (p.6-7)

References

  • Mick Foley (2000). Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks. HarperCollins, 768. ISBN 0061031011. 

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Rocky Johnson (352 words)
Johnson and Atlas were notable not only for their popularity, but for being the first WWE Tag Team Champions of African descent (Atlas is African-American).
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