The wrestling world was stunned on January 15, 2020, when Rocky Johnson passed away. Now, his son, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is speaking out to pay tribute to his trailblazing father.
In a very touching Instagram post, Rock honors his father and notes that although he is hurt by the suddenness of his passing, it is just pain and it will pass. Rock would go on to express his relief that his father can finally rest.
I love you. You broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed your way thru this world. I was the boy sitting in the seats, watching and adoring you, my hero from afar. The boy you raised to always be proud of our cultures and proud of who and what I am. The boy you raised with the toughest of love. The intense work. The hard hand. The adoring boy who wanted to know only your best qualities. Who then grew to become a man realizing you had other deep complex sides that needed to be held and understood. Son to father. Man to man. That’s when my adoration turned to respect. And my empathy turned to gratitude. Grateful that you gave me life. Grateful you gave me life’s invaluable lessons. Dad, I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side. But you were ripped away from me so fast without warning. Gone in an instant and no coming back. Im in pain. But we both know it’s just pain and it’ll pass. Now I’ll carry your mana and work ethic with me, as it’s time to move on because I have my family to feed and work to accomplish. Finally, I want you to rest your trailblazing soul, Soulman. Pain free, regret free, satisfied and at ease. You lived a very full, very hard, barrier breaking life and left it all in the ring. I love you dad and I’ll always be your proud and grateful son. Go rest high. #ripsoulman #rockyjohnson --
The Rock debuted in 1996 and was touted as the first third-generation WWE Superstar. A few short months later, he shared a moment with his father inside the squared circle at WrestleMania 13 in 1997 when both men defending themselves against the attack of The Sultan, played by Rikishi, Bob Backlund, and The Iron Sheik. Rock would also have the honor of inducting his father into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008.