It seems as if Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson can do just about anything and be successful at it. We know he works extremely hard and nothing in life really comes easy, but whatever The Rock touches seems to just turn to gold. Johnson has been doing his thing for many years and long before anyone new him as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He was a member of the 1991 Miami Hurricanes’ National Championship Team. He then decided to transition into a professional wrestling career, which he has done extremely well with, winning many competitions which included 8 WWF/WWE championships before retiring in 2004
Johnson went from wrestling to becoming one of Hollywood’s biggest stars over the span of just a few years, earning millions for each film and earning an enormous group of dedicated fans. No other wrestler besides Hulk Hogan has broken out and became a household name, and a household name he is. Unless you live under a rock, I am sure you’ve heard and seen The Rock somewhere on TV. Even though he’s a household name, there's still a lot you may not know about “one of the most electrifying man in sports entertainment,” which he referred to himself while wrestling (apparently he wasn’t humble then). So here’s 15 things you may not know about The Rock.
15 Johnson Has Fears Like Everyone Else
14 His Grandfather Was a Bond Villain
13 Johnson’s Likeness Has Been Turned into a Wax Model
12 Wrestling is a Family Business
11 The First Athlete To Host SNL More Than Once
10 Johnson’s Catchphrase Landed In The Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary
While at his WWE peak, it seemed that everything The Rock said became instant catchphrases. The Rock’s famous word “smackdown” was so popular that it was added to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, making it an official word.
Johnson’s other catchphrases took off, too. Here are a few:
9 Johnson Earned The Highest Paycheck for an Actor’s First Leading Role
8 Everything Johnson Touches Turns Into Gold
7 The Rock Owns the Rights to “The Rock”
The Rock now owns the rights to his name “The Rock,” as well as all logos and phrases associated with the character. The Rock bought back the rights to “The Rock’s” brand name from its previous holder, WWE, Inc. So just in case you want to start a pizza business called “The Rock,” or name an institution “The Rock”, you’ll have to answer first to The Rock himself.
6 The Rock is Samoan
5 “The Rock” Could've Been Known as “The Flex”
4 He Has Bouts of Depression
3 His Cousin is His Stunt Double
2 Johnson Went to College, Unlike Other Wrestlers and Hollywood Stars
1 Johnny Depp is Linked to Johnson in Two Surprising Ways
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Tim Burton’s update of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, had Johnny Depp in the lead role as Willy Wonka. What’s surprising is that Dwayne Johnson was director Burton’s second choice for the role of Wonka. This seems like an odd choice as the Wonka we know doesn’t look like a bodyguard who packs 275 pounds of pure muscle. It would look as if Johnson took a wrong turn and ended up in a world of dancing and singing Oompa-Loompas.
Johnson is also linked to Depp in another way. Johnson was nominated for the Favorite Movie Actor award at the 2008 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards for his role in The Game Plan. He lost out to Johnny Depp, who won for his role in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.
Sources: Hollywood.com, Moviefone, Uproxx, Mandatory
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