Fighter Rocky Johnson, father of Dwayne Johnson, dies

Tributes have been paid to the fighter Rocky Johnson, the father of the actor and fighter Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, who died at the age of 75.

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) announced the death of the Hall of Fame member known as ‘Soul Man’, who was part of the first black-label team to become WWE champions.

WWE extended its condolences to “family, friends and fans.”

Born Wayde Douglas Bowles in Nova Scotia, Canada, Rocky Johnson began his wrestling career as a teenager and joined WWE, then the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), in 1983.

Together with Tony Atlas, he was part of the tag team known as ‘The Soul Patrol’, which won the WWF Tag Team Championship.

He retired from the ring in 1991 with his son Dwayne and then followed in his footsteps as The Rock.

These are some of the tributes to Rocky Johnson:

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