WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson has passed away yesterday at the age of 75.
WWE NXT tapings and AEW tapings opened up with ten-bell salutes to WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson, who has passed away at the age of 75.
Below is WWE’s full video of the ten-bell salute from the NXT Arena at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL, which was led by Alicia Taylor.
Below is the graphic that was shown on the USA Network as NXT hit the air, and AEW’s Twitter graphic on Johnson, which was shown on TNT as last night’s Dynamite episode hit the air. AEW announcer Jim Ross also mentioned Johnson’s passing as Dynamite hit the air.
WWE issued the following statement on Johnson’s passing:
WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson passes awayWWE is saddened to learn that Rocky “Soul Man” Johnson (born Wayde Douglas Bowles), a WWE Hall of Famer, former World Tag Team Champion, and father of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has passed away at age 75.
Johnson’s sports-entertainment career began in the mid-1960s when he made a memorable impression in the National Wrestling Alliance. However, Johnson found his highest levels of success when he began his WWE tenure in 1983.
The physically imposing and wildly charismatic Johnson had several memorable rivalries with the likes of Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Don Muraco and Adrian Adonis. He found his greatest success when he teamed up with Tony Atlas as The Soul Patrol. The two men became the first African-American World Tag Team Champions in WWE history when they defeated The Wild Samoans on Dec. 10, 1983.
The “Soul Man” retired from the ring in 1991, but his imprint continued to be felt on WWE for years to come. Post-retirement, Johnson had a hand in training his son, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The Rock would become one of the biggest stars in the history of sports-entertainment and carried on his father’s legacy with pride.
In 2008, Johnson achieved the highest honor in sports-entertainment when he was inducted by The Rock into the WWE Hall of Fame where he will be forever enshrined as one of sports-entertainment’s most influential performers.
WWE extends its condolences to Johnson’s family, friends and fans.
WWE Chairman Vince McMahon took to Twitter today to pay tribute to WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson.
As of this posting The Rock Dwayne Johnson hasn’t made a comment on social media on his father’s passing.