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The world of professional wrestling has lost one of its pioneers Rocky “Soulman” Johnsonwho made history as half of the first Black Tag team champions in WWE. The father of Dwayne The Rock Johnson passed on Wednesday (January 15th).

The WWE shared the news of Johnson’s death and posted the details of the details to the public.


From the WWE:

Johnson’s sports entertainment career began in the mid-1960s when he left an unforgettable impression in the National Wrestling Alliance. However, Johnson achieved his greatest successes when he took up his WWE term in 1983.

The physically imposing and wildly charismatic Johnson had some memorable rivalries with greats like Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Don Muraco and Adrian Adonis. His greatest success came when he teamed up with Tony Atlas as The Soul Patrol. The two men became the first African American World Tag Team champions in WWE history when they defeated The Wild Samoans on December 10, 1983.

Johnson, a native of Wayde Douglas Bowles and a Canadian citizen, left the ring permanently in 1991 and was helpful in training his son The Rock before rising to the top of the pro wrestling ranks, honoring his father with his stage name. And based on videos shared by WWE, Johnson was as charismatic on the microphone as he was selling the soaring and powerful moves in the ring.

The older Johnson was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008 due to his influence on the sports entertainment genre. So far, The Rock has not made a public statement about the loss of his father.

Rocky Johnson was 75 years old.

Our condolences to the family of Rocky “Soulman” Johnson. May he rest powerfully in peace.

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