Being a professional entertainment wrestler can be a lucrative job, but it’s not as easy as it seems. Behind the scenes, a lot of preparation and strategy go into creating characters and portraying personalities that audiences will learn to love (or hate.) The Rock has seen both ends of the spectrum, and has become a beloved professional wrestler thanks to his impeccable skill and talent. This has allowed him to break from typecast and move into more versatile acting roles in the realms of film and TV.
From Humble Beginnings
Dwayne Douglas Johnson was born on May 2nd, 1972 to parents Rocky and Ata Johnson. His career in wrestling is what many might call pre-destined, as both his father and grandfather were professionals in the industry. Johnson’s childhood was one that involved a lot of moving around. His father worked different jobs and so he had to relocate his family several times throughout Dwayne’s youth. He was a promising football player in Freedom High School, and was given numerous scholarship offers from different universities. He accepted an invited from the University of Miami, where he played defensive tackle for the Miami Hurricanes. After an injury left him on the benches, he forfeited his position on the team. He graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of General Studies degree in criminology and physiology.
The Rock trained in wrestling all throughout his youth, and was an avid fan of the sport. His father fostered a love for wrestling in him, which ultimately drove him to his career path. He signed on with United States Wrestling Association and quickly moved on to the bigger World Wrestling Entertainment label. Here he became the ever popular “The Rock” and captivated audiences with his electrifying performance and personality.
Fame and Net Worth
Dwayne Johnson has become one of the most celebrated wrestlers that the WWE has ever developed. But his career doesn’t end there. His natural charisma and likeable personality have allowed him to break into the movie and film industry where he has enjoyed a successful career as an actor.
Today, it is estimated that Dwayne Johnson has a net worth amounting to $160 million USD, making him the richest professional wrestler to have ever come out of the WWE. Johnson has numerous estates all over the US such as a $4.9 million USD Hidden Hills home, and a $3.4 million USD Miami Mansion.