Simone Johnson, the daughter of professional wrestler, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, is set to join the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
Johnson, the first daughter of The Rock, becomes WWE’s first fourth-generation wrestler.
She continues the legacy of her great-grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia, grandfather, Rocky Johnson, and father, Dwayne Johnson who were all Hall of Famers.
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The WWE Network announced on Monday that the teen has begun training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
“It means the world to me,” Johnson said about his 18-year-old daughter, adding, “to know that my family has such a personal connection to wrestling is really special to me and I feel grateful to have the opportunity, not only to wrestle, but to carry on that legacy.”
The movie star who was the first third-generation wrestler in WWE history said he has been encouraging his first child to take on the trade.
“I love the idea. We had this big conversation, she came with me to Hong Kong [and] Beijing,” he told Good Morning America in 2018. “I said, ‘Honey, whatever your passion is, I support that.’ And wrestling was good to me, I started my career in Madison Square Garden. So, yeah, bring it on, she’s going to be a champ.”
In a statement, the teenager said: “It means the world to me”.
“To know that my family has such a personal connection to wrestling is really special to me and I feel grateful to have the opportunity, not only to wrestle, but to carry on that legacy.”
Her coaches say Johnson is making her family proud. “Simone is a wonderful girl,” WWE Assistant Head Coach Sara Amato said in a statement. “She’s like a sponge, it’s pretty amazing. She knows what it takes to succeed and all the hard work and sacrifice that goes into it. I wouldn’t have expected anything less.”
The Rock, 47, will go down as one of the legends of WWE after joining the then-WWF back in 1996.