'Horrible news': WWE rocked by death of legendary Rocky Johnson

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor

The wrestling world is in mourning after the death of WWE legend Rocky Johnson.

The Hall of Famer and father of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was 75.

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Johnson made his fighting debut in 1966 and competed in the National Wrestling Alliance throughout the 1970s, while earning multiple regional singles and tag team titles.

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson with father Rocky in 2015. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

He joined the WWE in 1983 and won the World Tag Team Championship alongside Tony Atlas that same year — which made them the first African Americans to win the title in the sport.

He had several notable rivalries with Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Don Muraco and Adrian Adonis.

Rocky Johnson’s incredible legacy

Johnson, born Wayde Douglas Bowles, officially retired in 1991 but helped train several notable fighters including his son, who competed in the WWE before his massive acting career took off.

“The Rock would become one of the biggest stars in the history of sports-entertainment and carried on his father’s legacy with pride,” the WWE said in a statement announcing Johnson’s death.

Johnson was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his son in 2008.

Rocky Johnson in 2011. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)

“The National Wrestling Alliance is saddened to hear of the passing of Rocky Johnson,” the NWA said in a statement. 

“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.”

The wrestling world has flooded social media with tributes.

With Yahoo Sports US