Monday, January 9, 2017

Many of you may not remember Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s father – but, I sure do! Back in the day, Rocky Johnson was a World Wrestling Federation wrestler. I looked up to him because he was black, successful, and a massive grappler. I loved watching him in the ring taking on the villains and win.

When The Rock came along, I was happy to see another generation become successful in the squared circle.

The Rock’s father got surprised on Christmas but there’s a great story behind this gift and only the son could explain it better than me and that’s what he did on his Instagram account.

From The Rock’s Instagram:

Bought my dad a Christmas gift and surprised him. He’s had a hard life. This one felt good.
My dad, Rocky Johnson is a minimalist. Always has been. Never asks me for much and over the years his needs are always the barest. Crazy story, my dad’s dad died when he was 13yrs old. That Christmas, my dad’s mom had her new boyfriend over for Christmas dinner. Her boyfriend got drunk and pissed on the turkey. My dad went outside, got a shovel, drew a line in the snow and said if you cross that line I’ll kill you. The drunk crossed it and my dad laid him out cold as a block of ice.

Cops were called. They told my dad’s mom that when her boyfriend regains consciousness, he’s gonna kill your son so one of them has got to go. In front of the entire family, my dad’s mom looked at him and said get out. He was 13yrs old and now homeless. That f*cked up true story happened in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1954. He needed the bare minimum then, just like does now.

Over the years, I’ve moved him into a big home, got him trucks to drive – which he’ll literally drive into the ground until I get him something else. Hell, I’ll get him anything he wants, but the SOB just won’t ask;). Every Christmas, I always think about that story and my dad having every odd stacked against him at 13, but he fought thru it and still made something of himself. Makes me appreciate his struggle and hard work. Also, makes me appreciate the fun times he would beat my ass in the gym so bad when I was 13 and say “If you’re gonna throw up, go outside.. and if you’re gonna cry, then go home to your mother”. I hated it then, but I embrace it now. Made a man outta me. Without pissing on my turkey. ???. Just a small way of saying thank you dad and Merry Christmas! #DwantaClaus??

What more can you ask of a son? Dwayne loves his dad and has not only shown it through this gift but in so many other ways that a father could be proud of his son. I never knew this side of the story so learning it gave me a new appreciation for watching Dwayne’s father in the ring for all those years.

What did you think of that personal story of honor toward his dad?

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