Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Breaks Silence on Father Rocky’s Passing

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had paid tribute to his late father.

On Friday, the “Jumanji: The Next Level” actor wrote a touching post in honor of his dad, Rocky Johnson, whose death was announced by the WWE on Wednesday. He was 75.

As seen on Instagram, the action star posted a vintage wrestling clip of his dad with his "The Soul Patrol" partner, Tony Atlas. A young Dwayne can be seen in the audience, watching his father's introduction by a ring announcer.

In his message, the 47-year-old reminded his followers how his father “broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed [his] way thru this world.”

Aside from inspiring him to pursue wrestling, Dwayne says Rocky taught him to embrace his black and Samoan lineage.

“I was the boy sitting in the seats, watching and adoring you, my hero from afar,” Dwayne wrote. “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.”

Though he wishes he “had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side,” he knows Rocky “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,” Dwayne concluded.

View this post on Instagram

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 deeply complicated 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 🐐

A post shared by therock (@therock) on

Rocky — born Wayde Douglas Bowles — began his career in the mid-1960s, and was recruited by the World Wrestling Federation in 1982. In 1983, “The Soul Patrol” became the first African-American world tag team champions in WWF (now WWE) history.

Decades later, in 2008, Dwayne inducted his father and his maternal grandfather, Peter "High Chief" Maivia, into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Comments

More In Real Talk