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Rocky Johnson, WWE Hall Of Famer And Father To Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Has Died

WWE Hall of Famer “Soulman” Rocky Johnson has passed away.

The announcement originated from Cauliflower Alley Club twitter account on Wednesday afternoon and has quickly circulated throughout the sports and professional wrestling world. Rocky Johnson was 75 years old.

“Horrible news to pass along. We just learned that Rocky Johnson passed away today at the age of 75. His accolades in this business, all the people he influenced, all his accomplishments, and we are so deeply sorry and wish his family nothing but the most love at this time.”

Johnson made his wrestling debut as part of the National Wrestling Alliance in 1964. He had a brief stint with World Wide Wrestling Federation in 1969, then worked for the WWF (now WWE) from 1982-85. In November 1983, Johnson and his tag team partner Tony Atlas made history when they became the WWF Tag Team Champions after beating the Wild Samoans. The two, known as “The Soul Patrol,” were the first African-American tag team to hold those titles.

Johnson is the father of former WWE superstar-turned-Hollywood superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Rocky Johnson retired from wrestling in 1991 and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008, by his son. Johnson met his future wife Ata Maivia after working with her father, “High Chief” Peter Maivia. The two were married in 1970 and had Dwayne two years later in Hayward, CA.

“Soulman” Rocky Johnson will forever be a legend in the wrestling business. LRM Online sends its deepest sympathies and regards to the entire Johnson and Maivia family.

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