Hollywood actor, and former WWE wrestler, The Rock has paid a glowing tribute to his late father, Rocky Johnson a few days after his death was announced.
The Rock who described his father as his idol, penned a long note expressing his sadness to the news of his death.
Taking to his social media page on Friday, he said:
“ I love you.
You broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed your way thru this world.
I was the boy sitting in the seats, watching and adoring you, my hero from afar.
The boy you raised to always be proud of our cultures and proud of who and what I am.
The boy you raised with the toughest of love.
The intense work.
The hard hand.
The adoring boy who wanted to know only your best qualities.
Who then grew to become a man realizing you had other deep complex sides that needed to be held and understood.
Son to father.
Man to man.
That’s when my adoration turned to respect.
And my empathy turned to gratitude.
Grateful that you gave me life.
Grateful you gave me life’s invaluable lessons.
Dad, I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side.
But you were ripped away from me so fast without warning.
Gone in an instant and no coming back.
Im in pain.
But we both know it’s just pain and it’ll pass.
Now I’ll carry your mana and work ethic with me, as it’s time to move on because I have my family to feed and work to accomplish.
Finally, I want you to rest your trailblazing soul, Soulman.
Pain free, regret free, satisfied and at ease.
You lived a very full, very hard, barrier breaking life and left it all in the ring.
I love you dad and I’ll always be your proud and grateful son.
Go rest high.
#ripsoulman #rockyjohnson 🐐.” he said.
WWE on Wednesday confirmed the death of Rocky Johnson, who was a WWE Hall of Famer. He died at the young age of 75.
Rocky Johnson, born Wayde Douglas Bowles, married into the famed Anoa’i family after he wed “High Chief” Peter Maivia’s daughter Ata Maivia. He was the father of former multi-time WWE world champion and current Hollywood mega star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
“WWE is saddened to learn that Rocky ‘Soul Man’ Johnson (born Wayde Douglas Bowles), a WWE Hall of Famer, former World Tag Team Champion, and father of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, has passed away at age 75,” the WWE statement read.
Rocky Johnson began wrestling in 1964, working his way to the point of becoming a top star in the territorial wrestling days and challenging for the NWA worlds heavyweight championship multiple times, coming up short against Jack Brisco, Terry Funk and Harley Race. Johnson also held the NWA television championship on two separate occasions.
Arguably the greatest in-ring accomplishment of Johnson’s career, however, came when he returned to work for the then-WWF in 1982.
Johnson teamed with Tony Atlas as The Soul Patrol, and the duo defeated The Wild Samoans in a no disqualification match on Nov. 15, 1983 to win the WWF tag team championship. Atlas and Johnson made history on that night by becoming the first African American tag team to hold the prestigious titles.
Johnson retired in 1991 but continue to have a massive impact on the wrestling world as he worked with fellow WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson to train his son inside the squared circle. This was the catalyst to the rise of one of the biggest stars the pro wrestling business has ever known.