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The Rock Pays Emotional Tribute To His Father For Black History Month

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WWE icon and Hollywood megastar The Rock has gone back to his roots to pay tribute to his father ‘Soulman’ Rocky Johnson as part of WWE’s Black History Month celebrations.

Rocky Johnson built a stellar wrestling career for himself throughout the sixties and seventies, competing for territories associated with the NWA. In 1982 Johnson joined the World Wrestling Federation feuding with the likes of Don Muraco and Greg Valentine before joining up with Tony Atlas as The Soul Patrol.

Together Rocky Johnson and Atlas became the first African American team to win the WWF Tag Team Championship when they defeated The Wild Samoans in 1983 for the gold.

Taking to social media, The Rock shared the video he voiced over as well as sharing a touching personal tribute to his dad as WWE celebrates Black History Month by celebrating the successes of African American wrestlers in the company:

“This one makes me emotional, but man I’m smiling with goosebumps of gratitude, mana and pride.
My dad, Rocky “Soulman” Johnson was a trailblazer and became the first black @wwe tag team champions w/Tony Atlas. Thank you dad. I will forever be proud of who and what I am. I love u.”

Rocky Johnson appeared by the side of his son, then known as Rocky Maivia, early in his WWF career. Johnson helped chase off The Sultan and The Iron Sheik after they attacked Maivia at WrestleMania 13.

Johnson was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame by his son in 2008, the same year that Rocky Johnson’s father-in-law and grandfather of The Rock, High Chief Peter Maivia was also inducted into the Hall Of Fame.

Rocky Johnson sadly passed away in January 2020 at the age of 75 after suffering a pulmonary embolism.