Everybody knows The stone. Whether it’s his escapades in the ring during his days in the WWE or his blockbuster movies, the 50-year-old is inescapable.
His six-foot, 118 kg body is recognizable to anyone, with his ‘tribal’ tattoos recognizable to even the most old-fashioned grandparents.
Yesterday, however, a video of an 11-year-old Johnson like you’ve never seen him went viral on Twitter.
At ringside, the future star saw his father, Rocky Johnson, in the WWF for 13 years before making his own wrestling debut.
The 1984 clip shows Johnson Junior wearing a little more hair with what would now be considered a retro zip-up tracksuit.
He seems a world away from his today’s image of a clean-shaven head, complemented by a tank top or open-chested to show off his aforementioned physique and tattoos.
Amazingly, Hollywood’s favorite macho man Johnson revealed that he was often mistaken for a girl in his youth. Speaking to NBC’s Sunday Today with Willie Geist, he noted:
“I would say between the ages of seven and eleven, folks even though I was a little girl because I had very soft features and a very soft Afro hair”. Oh, how times have changed…
It should come as no surprise to anyone that wrestling is in The Rock’s blood. Not only was his father a WWF World Tag-Team Champion, but his maternal grandfather – Peter Maivia – was also a wrestler, passing on the genes that made Johnson the demigod-like figure he is today.
Perhaps it was fate that a young Johnson was expelled from the Canadian Football League because it allowed him to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather by joining the WWF (later called the WWE).
11-year-old Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson sits in the crowd and watches his father about to wrestle, 1984. pic.twitter.com/YK1qaMQo4W
— Lost in history (@lostinhist0ry) July 23, 2022
Just as Johnson’s wrestling prowess shouldn’t have come as a surprise to anyone, his bold fashion choice shouldn’t come as he sees his dad competing in the clip.
The Hollywood star has only just recovered from the viral image of him clad in a turtleneck, with fanny pack and garish chain accessories, so a fresh look at the star’s past life as a fashionista should restore The Rock as a triple threat in the world. worlds of sports, acting and fashion.
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