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Rocky Johnson is a Canadian former professional wrestler who retired in 1991

InformationDetail
BirthdayAugust 24, 1944
NationalityCanadian
FamousProfessional Wrestler, Sportspersons, Wrestlers
SpousesDana Martin (m. 2004), Ata Johnson (m. 1978–2003), Una Johnson (m. 1966–1978)
Known asWayde Douglas Bowles, Sweet Ebony Diamond, Drew Glasteau
Childrens Dwayne Johnson
Birth PlaceAmherst, Canada
Height193cm
GenderMale
FatherJames Henry Bowles
MotherLillian Bowles
Sun SignVirgo
Born inAmherst, Canada
Famous asProfessional Wrestler

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Who is Rocky Johnson?

Rocky Johnson is a Canadian former professional wrestler. While some know him as a great superstar in WWE history, others know him as the son-in-law of the famous High Chief Peter Maivia, and still others acknowledge him as the father of The Rock. He was the first African-American to win World Tag Team Championship, a NWA Southern Heavyweight Memphis Champion, and a National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) Georgia Champion. He retired from the ring in 1991, but didn't stay away from wrestling, as he began training his son, who is a popular wrestler who keeps his father going. After been recruited by World Wrestling Federation (WWF), he feuded with champions like Mike Sharpe, Don Muraco, Greg Valentine, Buddy Rose, and Adrian Adonis. He made a tag team with Tony Atlas, and they were the first black tag team to hold the Tag Team Championship title. His son inducted him into the 2008 class of the WWE Hall of Fame.

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Childhood & Early Life

Rocky Johnson was born as Wayde Douglas Bowles on August 24, 1944, in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada. Son of Lillian and James Henry Bowles, he is a descendant of the Black Loyalists who immigrated to Canada after escaping from US after the American Revolutionary War. He has four brothers.

He was 13 when his father died. His mother turned him out of the house over a tiff he had with her boyfriend. Homeless at such a young age, he braved all challenges and worked hard to survive. At 16, he moved to Toronto and worked as a truck driver. He also began wrestling around this time.

Career

Initially Rocky Johnson was trained in boxing and he sparred with great boxers like Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. However, he was more fascinated by wrestling, and eventually took it up as a career.

He started his professional wrestling career in 1964, in Southern Ontario. Around the same time, he legally changed his name to Rocky Johnson. The legendary High Chief Peter Maivia was his trainer; he would later become his father-in-law.

Rocky Johnson competed all around the world before he joined National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). By the 1970s he had become a top contender in NWA, having won several regional NWA singles and tag team titles. He also fought title matches against World Champions Harley Race and Terry Funk, but could never unseat either of them from the NWA World Championship.

He was well adapted to tag team wrestling, and won a number of regional tag team championships in NWA. For some years, he wrestled in the Memphis promotion, and fought matches with Jerry Lawler, and won Lawler's crown as well. For some time, he wrestled under a mask as ‘Sweet Ebony Diamond’ in the Mid-Atlantic area.

In 1983, World Wrestling Federation (WWF) hired him, and he fought matches with Don Muraco, Mike Sharpe, Greg Valentine, Buddy Rose, and Adrian Adonis. He was paired with Tony Atlas as a tag team. They were the first black tag team, and were known as ‘The Soul Patrol’.

In a significant Tag Team Championship on November 15, 1983, ‘The Soul Patrol’ defeated Afa and Sika, also known as the Wild Samoans, and became the first African-Americans to win the World Tag Team Championship. However, their tag team lasted only for six months. Soon Rocky left WWE after he and Atlas lost the gold. In wrestling, he was an expert in Boston crab and Dropkick.

After Rocky Johnson retired from professional wrestling in 1991, he trained his son Dwayne to wrestle. He had a strong influence in getting Dwayne, also known as ‘Rocky Maivia’ (after Rocky Johnson's and Peter Maivia's ring names) signed to a WWF developmental deal.

Initially, he always had an on-camera presence at his son's matches, and once he had jumped into the ring to save his son from been attacked by The Sultan and The Iron Sheik at WrestleMania 13. However, he was never seen on-camera again after Rocky Maivia character flopped in WWF.

In 2003, Rocky Johnson was hired as a trainer for WWE developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling, for a few months, till May. In 2008, he was inducted into the 2008 class of the WWE Hall of Fame along with High Chief Peter Maivia. His son, The Rock, inducted both them into the Hall of Fame on March 29, 2008.

Awards & Achievements

Rocky Johnson won the NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship thrice, the NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship twice, and NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championship twice.

He is also the one-time winner of the NWA Brass Knuckles Championship, NWA Florida Tag Team Championship, and NWA Florida Television Championship.

He was ranked No. 211 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the ‘PWI Years’ in 2003.

Personal Life

In 1962, Rocky Johnson married Una, whom he divorced in 1968. They have a son Curtis, and a daughter Wanda.

In 1970, he married Ata Maivia, the daughter of Samoan professional wrestler, Peter Maivia, who belonged to the Anoa'i family of professional wrestlers who originated from American Samoa.

Rocky first met Ata when he was teamed with her father in a match. Peter Maivia initially disapproved the relationship, as he knew how hard it was for a wrestler’s family to stay at home while the wrestler himself moved from place to place. The couple got married despite his disapproval.

Their son, Dwayne Douglas Johnson, born on May 2, 1972, is today an actor, producer and professional wrestler. Initially Rocky didn’t want his son to take up wrestling as a profession, as it is an extremely difficult line of work. Later, he agreed to train him on the condition that he would be very tough with him.

Rocky and Ata divorced in 2003. He married Dana Martin on January 15, 2004. He now lives in Davie, Florida.

He is the first non-Samoan to be named the ‘High Chief’. He was given the title ‘High Chief Tafiaiafi’.

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Rocky Johnson biography timelines

  • // 24th Aug 1944
    Rocky Johnson was born as Wayde Douglas Bowles on August 24, 1944, in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada. Son of Lillian and James Henry Bowles, he is a descendant of the Black Loyalists who immigrated to Canada after escaping from US after the American Revolutionary War. He has four brothers.
  • // 1962 To 1968
    In 1962, Rocky Johnson married Una, whom he divorced in 1968. They have a son Curtis, and a daughter Wanda.
  • // 1964
    He started his professional wrestling career in 1964, in Southern Ontario. Around the same time, he legally changed his name to Rocky Johnson. The legendary High Chief Peter Maivia was his trainer; he would later become his father-in-law.
  • // 1970
    In 1970, he married Ata Maivia, the daughter of Samoan professional wrestler, Peter Maivia, who belonged to the Anoa'i family of professional wrestlers who originated from American Samoa.
  • // 2nd May 1972
    Their son, Dwayne Douglas Johnson, born on May 2, 1972, is today an actor, producer and professional wrestler. Initially Rocky didn’t want his son to take up wrestling as a profession, as it is an extremely difficult line of work. Later, he agreed to train him on the condition that he would be very tough with him.
  • // 1983
    In 1983, World Wrestling Federation (WWF) hired him, and he fought matches with Don Muraco, Mike Sharpe, Greg Valentine, Buddy Rose, and Adrian Adonis. He was paired with Tony Atlas as a tag team. They were the first black tag team, and were known as ‘The Soul Patrol’.
  • // 15th Nov 1983
    In a significant Tag Team Championship on November 15, 1983, ‘The Soul Patrol’ defeated Afa and Sika, also known as the Wild Samoans, and became the first African-Americans to win the World Tag Team Championship. However, their tag team lasted only for six months. Soon Rocky left WWE after he and Atlas lost the gold. In wrestling, he was an expert in Boston crab and Dropkick.
  • // 1991
    After Rocky Johnson retired from professional wrestling in 1991, he trained his son Dwayne to wrestle. He had a strong influence in getting Dwayne, also known as ‘Rocky Maivia’ (after Rocky Johnson's and Peter Maivia's ring names) signed to a WWF developmental deal.
  • // 2003
    He was ranked No. 211 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the ‘PWI Years’ in 2003.
  • // 2003 To 15th Jan 2004
    Rocky and Ata divorced in 2003. He married Dana Martin on January 15, 2004. He now lives in Davie, Florida.

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Rocky Johnson's FAQ

  • What is Rocky Johnson birthday?

    Rocky Johnson was born at 1944-08-24

  • Where is Rocky Johnson's birth place?

    Rocky Johnson was born in Amherst, Canada

  • What is Rocky Johnson nationalities?

    Rocky Johnson's nationalities is Canadian

  • Who is Rocky Johnson spouses?

    Rocky Johnson's spouses is Dana Martin (m. 2004), Ata Johnson (m. 1978–2003), Una Johnson (m. 1966–1978)

  • Who is Rocky Johnson childrens?

    Rocky Johnson's childrens is Dwayne Johnson

  • How tall is Rocky Johnson?

    Rocky Johnson's height is 193

  • Who is Rocky Johnson's father?

    Rocky Johnson's father is James Henry Bowles

  • Who is Rocky Johnson's mother?

    Rocky Johnson's mother is Lillian Bowles

  • What is Rocky Johnson's sun sign?

    Rocky Johnson is Virgo

  • How famous is Rocky Johnson?

    Rocky Johnson is famouse as Professional Wrestler