The “Jumanji” star has recently opened up about why his father did not want him to become a wrestler. Dwayne Johnson’s father refused to let him pursue his wrestling dreams, despite being a WWE wrestler himself from 1960 to 1991.
While talking to Hoda Kotb in Monday’s show on Today, the wrestler turned actor said that it took him a lot of effort and time to convince his father. He said, “We had the biggest fight between a father and a son over this and essentially, you’re right, he said, ‘Look around. Look what I have after all these years and I want more for you.’”
To this, the star replied, “‘I know, but, and I appreciate that, but I feel like I have something to offer.’ And we fought and fought and fought.”
Dwayne recalled that his mother was there to support him. She intervened to assist them in reaching an agreement.
The “Moana” actor said, “Finally, after my mom said, ‘Let me talk to you for a second.’ Let me talk to you, husband. Let me talk to you about how this whole thing is gonna go down.’ And then he said okay I’ll train you,”
Dwayne Johnson’s father, Rocky Johnson, started his wrestling career in the mid-1960s. The Rocky “Soul Man” Johnson retired from professional wrestling in 1991. In 2008, the star wrestler was part of the WWE Hall of Fame. He died last year due to pulmonary embolism.
Dwayne Johnson followed the footsteps of his father and became a professional wrestler in the 90s. Despite the resistance from his father, he managed to convince his father to train him. He was called “The Rock” in WWE.
Later in 2002, Dwayne started his acting career. He has worked in many blockbuster films including, “Moana,” “Jumanji,” and the film series “Fast and Furious.”
The star attributes his success to the support from his father. He said that without him, he would not have been able to achieve what he has today.