WATCH: Young Dwayne Johnson Watches From the Crowd as His Legendary Father Wrestled in 1984
Dwayne Johnson comes from a family that is richly steeped in wrestling history. He is a third-generation wrestler who followed in the footsteps of his legendary father Rocky Johnson and grandfather Peter Maivia.They come from the Anoa’i family known for its pro wrestling exports. Moreover, even The Rock’s daughter also recently signed with WWE and made her debut on NXT.Such a rich family tradition meant that DJ already had big shoes to fill in when made his WWE debut. But even before that, the Hollywood star got a firsthand experience of what his father was all about as a wrestler when he got to see him wrestle at an event.A rare clip shows a much young Rock seated at ringside while his father Rocky Johnson showed his in-ring prowess.Dwayne Johnson watched his father wrestle as a youngster Dwayne Johnson carried the baton of the proud Anoa’i family in pro wrestling admirably. As a child, he grew up in a family of wrestlers who had achieved great success in their careers.The Rock didn’t even have to look that far for inspiration as his own father, the late Rocky Johnson. Johnson began his wrestling career in 1966 and won many NWA singles and tag team titles.In 1983, he signed with WWE and formed a formidable tag team with the legendary Tony Atlas. The duo won the tag team titles incidentally defeating Johnson’s family members Afa and Sika, the Wild Samoans.With this, they also became the first African-American pair to the tag team championship. Hence, The Rock was already tasked with keeping up this legacy when he started out as a pro wrestler.