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22 Candid Facts Revealed About Dwayne Johnson

1. Dwayne Douglas Johnson (born May 2, 1972), also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American and Canadian actor, producer and semi-retired professional wrestler, signed with WWE.

2. Johnson was a college football player for the University of Miami, winning a national championship on the 1991 Miami Hurricanes football team.

3. He later played for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League, and was cut two months into the 1995 season.

4. This led him to become a professional wrestler like his grandfather, Peter Maivia, and his father, Rocky Johnson (from whom he also inherited his Canadian citizenship).

5. Originally billed as “Rocky Maivia”, he gained mainstream fame in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF/E) from 1996 to 2004 as a major figure in the company’s Attitude Era, and was the first third-generation wrestler in the company’s history.

6. He returned to wrestling part-time for WWE from 2011 to 2013 and continues to make sporadic non-wrestling appearances for the company.

7. As of December 2015, he has had seventeen championship reigns in WWE, including ten as a world champion, winning the WWF/E Championship eight times and the WCW/World Championship twice.

8. WWE.com described him as a 10-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion. He won the Intercontinental Championship twice and the WWF Tag Team Championship five times.

9. He is the sixth Triple Crown Champion in WWE history, and won the 2000 Royal Rumble.

10. The Rock is considered by many to be the biggest superstar in WWE history, and “the most successful WWE superstar ever”.

11. WCW icon Diamond Dallas Page described him as “the biggest star in our business, of all time”.

12. Vince Russo, the head writer of WWE’s most popular era The Attitude Era, stated: “I don’t think there’s ever going to be a star in the history of this business that is bigger than The Rock”.

13. Johnson’s autobiography The Rock Says…, co-written with Joe Layden, was published in 2000.

14. It debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list and remained on the list for several weeks. Johnson’s first leading film role was in The Scorpion King in 2002.

15. For this role, he was paid US $5.5 million, a world record for an actor in his first starring role. He has since appeared in several films, including The Rundown, The Game Plan, Get Smart, The Other Guys and Faster.

16. As an actor, he is perhaps best known for his portrayals of Luke Hobbs in The Fast and the Furious franchise.

17. He also hosted and produced The Hero, a reality competition series.

18. Johnson was born in Hayward, California, the son of Ata Johnson (ne Maivia) and professional wrestler Rocky Johnson.

19. His maternal grandfather, “High Chief” Peter Maivia, was also a wrestler.

20. Johnson spent 10th grade at President William McKinley High School in Honolulu, Hawaii.

21. As he entered 11th grade, his father’s job required his relocation to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

22. He began playing football at Freedom High School in the East Penn Conference.

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