WWE Hall of Famer and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's father Rocky Johnson passed away on Wednesday at the age of 75. His cause of death currently remains unknown. Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, Rocky Johnson (birth name Wayde Douglas Bowles) along with Tony Atlas was part of the first African-American tag team to win the World Tag Team Championship in the World Wrestling Entertainment (erstwhile World Wrestling Federation or WWF).
Announcing the loss, WWE tweeted, "Rest in peace, Rocky Johnson. #RIPRocky," along with a of @WWE, Rocky Johnson was a barrier-breaking performer. Our thoughts are with his family at this time." WWE fans mourned the loss of Rocky as they tweeted pictures and offered their condolences on social media. His son Dwayne is yet to release a official statement about his father's death.
After retiring as a wrestler, Rocky Johnson trained his son Dwayne Johnson. Johnson along with the legendary Pat Patterson were influential in Dwayne Johnson's early rise in WWF. While Dwayne Johnson has gone one to become a top draw in WWE and in Hollywood, Rocky Johnson remained associated with the wrestling business after his retirement. He was inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008 by Dwayne Johnson himself. After the news of the wrestler went viral wrestlers and promotions paid rich tributes to the WWE legend. Check out some of the condolence tweets below...
WWE looks back on the Hall of Fame career of the late, great Rocky Johnson. https://t.co/Gp9U2YG93c— WWE (@WWE) January 15, 2020
The National Wrestling Alliance is saddened to hear of the passing of Rocky Johnson.— NWA (@nwa) January 15, 2020
His legacy stretches across every promotion. He was a champion everywhere he went including holding the NWA Georgia Championship.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family. pic.twitter.com/KTqHZns6Hb
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of the great Rocky Johnson. Always a gentleman, I always enjoyed talking with him. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and the fans who loved him. A very sad day for wrestling.#RIPRockyJohnsonpic.twitter.com/4agKbOzAry— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) January 15, 2020