Born on May 2, 1972, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is an American actor, producer and retired professional wrestler. The Rock has been known to be one of the biggest stars in WWE history and one of the biggest box office draws in film history.
Born in California the son of professional wrestler Rocky Johnson, The Rock played track and field, football and wrestling throughout his high school career and showed lots of promise. After graduating from the University of Miami in 1995 with a degree in criminology and physiology, he joined the Canadian Football League but was cut two months into it. Shortly after was when he first decided to intently pursue professional wrestling a potential future career.
So how did he go from amateur to pro actor/producer/wrestler? Take a look back at his career (so far) to see how he’s gotten to where he is now:
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Net Worth as of 2018: $125 Million
1995 – 2000
After getting cut from football in 1995, Johnson went on several tryout matches through the World Wrestling Foundation (WWF) in 1996 and after just a few fights, signed a contract, eventually training alongside Tom Prichard, Achim Albrecht and Mark Henry. He made his WWF debut under the name “Rocky Maivia, but was initially rejected by fans for being “too cheesy.” During the next few years, he won many titles and refused to continue going under the name “Rocky Maivia,” instead refusing to go by anything besides “The Rock.”
2001 – 2005
After feuding with Royal Rumble winner Steve Austin, who he lost to at WrestleMania X-Seven, a fight when haywire when he was tag-teamed against by Triple H, McMahon and Austin, after which Johnson was infinitely suspended. During his suspension, he had a movie role in “The Mummy Returns” as himself. He returned to the WWF in July of 2001 and closed out 2001 with a championship at Vengeance. Afterwards, he once again took time off to focus on a film career, appearing in Star Trek: Voyager, Fully Loaded, and various WWE-themed videos. After going back and forth for awhile, he left WWE.
2006 – 2010
For the next few years, The Rock made appearances on both the TV and movie screens, cast in Hannah Montana, The Game Plan, Race to Witch Mountain, Family Guy and You Again. For some shows, he appeared cast as himself, while in others a new character was invented with Johnson intended.
2011 – 2015
In 2011, The Rock became the host of WrestleMania XXVII, and during the promo, offended fans and professional wrestler John Cena by addressing him as a “big fat bowl of Fruity Pebbles. The two feuded on Twitter, getting other wrestlers involved as well, including The Miz and Alex Riley. At WrestleMania, he held Cena back during his match, helping The Miz keep the WWE Championship. Cena and The Rock fought in the ring at the following Wrestlemania, and after a few years of confrontations between the two, Johnson eventually had to undergo surgery to repair torn tendons that had occurred during fights with Cena. While rivals between the two have since settled down, they still remain enemies. Throughout this time, The Rock also split his time away from wrestling filming works such as Fast and Furious 6, Furious 7 and Pain and Gain.
So far in 2016, The Rock has yet to appear in any fights. He is working on various films for 2016-17, including WrestleMania, Fast 8 and a Jumanji remake. So far in 2016, The Rock’s net worth stands strong at $125 million, but only 4 months in, there’s plenty of room for that to increase.
The Rock also signed a deal with Under Armour in early 2016 for a signature line of performance workout clothing. The signature line is called “Project Rock” and is designed for people who hit the gym as much as Dwayne Johnson (even though you really don’t).
Forbes also announced on July 13th that The Rock was the highest paid actor in the world. Check out this awesome Instagram post he published to celebrate.
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"The wolf is always scratchin' at the door" was the first thing I said when we found out from @forbes I was officially the world's highest paid actor. Well, actually the first thing I said was "Aw shit!", then I said the wolf part. Receiving news like this will always serve as my anchoring reminder to continue to work even harder. We not only want to "embrace the grind", but take the grind to new levels. I learned a few invaluable lessons a long time ago that can help all of you guys out there succeed at whatever it is you're doing. Greatness is never achieved alone. Surround yourself with hungry, brilliant individuals who not only buy into your philosophy, but who are all willing to work just as hard as you. Power of teamwork. And don't ever forget where you came from. I was evicted at 14yrs old and completely broke by 23. Every day I wake up as if that eviction notice is right around the corner waiting for me.. which is why I always say, "the wolf is always scratchin' at the door". He's scratchin' cause he's hungry and never satisfied. We embrace and respect our past (even if it was f*cked up), but we never let it define our future. Let's stay hungry and chase that greatness. I will now jump in my pick up truck, go to work and figure out whether or not I need psychiatric therapy for this damn wolf that's become my best friend. #Celeb100 #SevenBucksProductions #HardestWorkersInTheRoom #1WolfOnThePlanet
Said to be the richest and the most grossing actor worldwide, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Jhonson is all set to take over the Box Office with his upcoming releases.