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Dwayne Johnson Reveals How He Got the Name – ‘The Rock’

Few questions always stayed unanswerable about different celebrities. And one of the most asked questions includes how Dwayne Johnson earned the name ‘The Rock?’. And to our elation, the star revealed the real story behind his iconic name.

Dwayne Johnson, 'The Rock'
Dwayne Johnson, ‘The Rock’

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Many of us know him and his story from his early wrestling career. And many of us might not know that Dwayne Johnson comes from Samoan wrestling royalty. And this is where he got his iconic nickname from.

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How Dwayne Johnson Changed His Nickname From ‘Rocky Miavia’ to ‘The Rock’

Dwayne Johnson revealed the story behind of his nickname 'The Rock'
Dwayne Johnson revealed the story behind his nickname ‘The Rock’

In a recent interview, Dwayne Johnson revealed the story behind how he got his name, The Rock. He said:

“The birth story of the Rock is before I did what I do now, many moons ago, I used to throw around 300-pound men for a living and get my ass kicked. And then my original nickname was ‘Rocky Miavia’ which was a combination of my dad’s first name and grandfather’s last name because both of them were pro wrestlers.”

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He then continued to explain that the name was given to him by WWE CEO Vince McMahon, but he honestly said that he hated it and added:

“The lineage I had gave me the opportunity to at least knock on the door… I wanted my own identity.”

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The Rock, WWE
The Rock, WWE

Considering his reasons, McMahon told him something, yes I know it’s too bad, but made him stick with the nickname anyway. The former wrestler decided to enhance his identity by being ‘Rocky Maivia’ but he ended up changing it finally to his wish because the name somehow didn’t end up resonating with his fans.

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As he got carried away by his career as a badass guy from the wrestling world, Dwayne Johnson finally changed his name to the nickname ‘The Rock’, which was pitched to him by the late Hall of Fame wrestler Pat Patterson, whom he considered as a father like a figure. This nickname eventually became famous and helped make him build his biggest identity as one of the biggest personalities in the wrestling world as well as in his acting career.

Source: The Celeb Way