Dwayne Douglas Johnson , also known by his ring name the Rock, is an American-Canadian actor, producer, businessman, retired professional wrestler, and former American football and Canadian football player. He wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation for eight years prior to pursuing an acting career.
Born to a family deeply rooted in wrestling, his father, Rocky Johnson was a wrestler while his maternal grandfather, Peter Magia was a professional wrestler. After growing up for a while with his mother’s family in New Zealand, he soon met up with his father and the two hit the road together, which led to The Rock moving to various schools across the US.
As a result of his father’s constant moving, Dwayne lived in 38 states out of the 50 states in the US. A rebellious kid he was, Dwayne got in lots of fights as well as troubles with the authorities over him stealing. He soon turned to build his body to develop himself and took an interest in football after a teacher encouraged him. After playing football in college where he struggled with injuries, he went on to play professional football in the Canadian Football League with the Calgary Stampeders, but spent just two months with the team, before he departed from the team.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s wrestling career began at the United States Wrestling Association, where he claimed the USWA World Tag Team Championship on two occasions in 1996 before he went on to sign with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), now known as World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He was introduced in the WWE as Rocky Maivia with the nickname The Blue Chipper and hailed as the wrestling company’s first-generation wrestler.
In 1997, he won his first championship in the WWE, the Intercontinental Championship. He lost his belt and soon rebranded to his “The Rock” moniker before reclaiming his win. After feuds with fellow WWE stars and also the fans, he claimed his first WWF title in 1998. Following his WWF Championship win, The Rock went on to win the WWF Tag Team Championship in 1999. In 2000, having lost both his WWF and WWF Tag Team Championship titles, he went on to reclaimed his WWF title for the fourth time. He soon joined rival World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and went on to win the WCW Championship on two occasions.
The Rock soon claimed his 7th WWE title before he retired in 2004 to focus on his acting career. After appearing in WWE events from 2007 to 2009, he soon returned to the ring. Through 2011 to 2013, The Rock wrestled consistently and soon claimed his 8th WWE championship. From 2014, Johnson began making unexpected appearances in WWE matches, until his retirement in August 2019. Despite his retirement, he appeared in the 20th anniversary of SmackDown in October 2019.
2x USWA World Tag Team Championship
2x WCW Championship
8x WWE Championship
2x Intercontinental championship
5x WWF Tag Team Championship
Dwayne Johnson’s first action gig came in 1999 when he appeared as his father in an episode of That ’70s Show. The next year he appeared in another episode of Star Trek: Voyager. Following his acting in the 2001 movie, The Mummy Return and 2002 Scorpion King, he continued acting in several action movies which got positive reviews. He has created a reputation for himself for acting in top-grossing adrenaline-pumping action franchise such as G.I. Joe and the Fast and Furious. Movies in which he has featured in has seen significant success.
Back in 2013, the movies he featured in grossed about $1.3 billion. Fast-forward to 2019, according to Box Office Mojo, Dwayne Johnson has starred in over three dozen movies and combined, they have grossed over $10 billion worldwide.
Dwayne Johnson Endorsement
The Rock has Endorsement deals with UnderArmour and Voss Water in which he has a stake in.
Dwayne Johnson Net Worth
Dwayne Johnson’s net worth is estimated at $320 million in 2020. That ranks him as one of the richest athletes in the world right now. He was also listed in Forbe’s Celebrity 100, 2020, as the 10th highest-paid celebrity in the world with estimated earnings of $87.5 million.
Takeaways from Dwayne Johnson’s Wealth, Success & Fame
Following The Rock’s wealth in 2020, the interesting story about his success and fame, here are two incredible lessons to learn from the multi-talented star.
1. Discipline and Perseverance
From his teenage years, Dwayne Johnson learnt discipline and perseverance when he sought to engage in bodybuilding. By immersing himself in that, he kept himself from the fights and crimes which he had engaged in during most parts of his teenage years. In order to achieve that though, he had to exercise a whole lot of discipline.
2. Know when to Quit
In 2004, Dwayne Johnson first took a bow from the wrestling scene, in order to focus on his acting career. During the time he spent away from wrestling, he leveraged on his past success in acting to build a solid foundation in the industry. Today he’s known more for his acting exploits than for his wrestling achievements.
In 2020, “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson’s net worth is valued at a massive $320 million. His sources of wealth are from his professions as a professional wrestler, actor, producer and businessman.
Before his success, he endured lots of hardships, from dealing with his juvenile years to watching his mother almost commit suicide, all this has refined The Rock discipline, perseverance and his determination which has helped build his amazing career. Inspiration necessarily does not need to be tapped from other people, but rather from personal experience.