Rocky Johnson

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Rocky Johnson

Rocky Johnson (born Wayde Douglas Bowles; August 24, 1944 – January 15, 2020)[1] was a Canadian professional wrestler and trainer. He was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia. In 2008, he was added to the WWE Hall of Fame.

During his wrestling career, he became a National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) Georgia Champion and a NWA Southern Heavyweight Memphis Champion. Along with his partner Tony Atlas, Johnson was a part of the first black tag team to win the World Tag Team championship in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1983.[2]

He was the father of American actor and former professional wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.[3]

Johnson retired in 1991. He lived in Lutz, Florida. Johnson died of a pulmonary embolism on January 15, 2020 at the age of 75.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Rocky Johnson Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
  2. "Superstars".
  3. Foley, Mick. Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks (p.36)
  4. "Rocky 'Soulman' Johnson, The Rock's Dad and WWE Superstar, Dead at 75". TMZ. January 15, 2020.