As reported from the Cauliflower Alley Club, former WWE Tag Team Champion Rocky Johnson has passed away at the age of 75. Johnson, who is the father of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, was a member of the 2008 WWE Hall of Fame class, due to his impressive accolades during his wrestling career from 1964-1991.
The CAC posted, “Horrible news to pass along. We just learned that Rocky Johnson passed away today at the age of 75. His accolades in this business, all the people he influenced, all his accomplishments, and we are so deeply sorry and wish his family nothing but the most love at this time.”
Horrible news to pass along. We just learned that Rocky Johnson passed away today at the age of 75. His accolades in this business, all the people he influenced, all his accomplishments, and we are so deeply sorry and wish his family nothing but the most love at this time pic.twitter.com/3AvzVwylPH
— CauliflowerAlleyClub (@CACReunion) January 15, 2020
The National Wrestling Alliance, where Johnson spent nearly 20 years of his career as a teammate of names such as Peter Maivia and Pat Patterson, as well as feuding with names such as Abdullah the Butcher and Jack Brisco, had this to say about his passing.
“The National Wrestling Alliance is saddened to hear of the passing of Rocky Johnson. 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.”
I reached out to former CWA Tag Team Championship partner of Johnson, “Superstar” Bill Dundee, and he had this to say about his passing:
“It sucks. I mean, we’re all getting older, and when you get over 70 years old, you just never know what you got left.” He added, “his dropkick was unbelievable… he was always nice to me. I don’t believe him and I ever had a cross word. He was nice to my family, his family was all nice to mine… The main thing I can say about Rocky Johnson is that he was always nice to me. He treated me with respect and dignity, and that’s all you can ask for.”
Johnson was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his son, The Rock. The Rock had very heart-felt things to say about his father during his time on stage before inducting his father.
“At a time of tremendous racial disparity, he was able to cross all lines and become one of the most dynamic and formidable performers of his time. I remember night after night, watching him perform all over the country, being awed by his quickness, by his agility. He was an amazing performer. He moved like no one else. He threw a dropkick like no one else, and I remember watching him when I was a kid, here, at that time.”
Rock added, “my dad was a hero to me. And I though, like all professional wrestlers, he was larger than life.”
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