Surprisingly, Johnson was not always the owner of his own famous nickname. The original owner of the rights to the name “The Rock” was, in fact, WWE owner Vince McMahon. That’s why McMahon got an executive producer credit for so many of Johnson’s movies.
However, at some point Johnson finally received the rights for his own name, so, all well that ends well.
A Big Guy
We all know The Rock is a huge man, but… have you ever wondered exactly how huge? Well, we have, and we've got the details so listen up: Johnson is 6'5; and when he was a high schooler, he was only a tiny bit shorter than that – 6'4. At the time, he weighed 225 pounds.
To be honest, we don't think his genetics left him much of a choice – wrestling was bound to be his go-to career path.
He Comes from a Family of Strong Women
Not only the men in Johnson's family are strong and closely connected to the wrestling industry. His grandmother was actually quite the businesswoman and was one of the first women to promote the Polynesian Pro Wrestling.
We're not really familiar with the ins and outs of the wrestling world, but we think that's pretty damn impressive of her. We'd like to think that having had such a strong female role model helped The Rock grow up to be a man who respects powerful women.
The Rock Says
We would think The Rock had probably published his autobiography after a few years in the acting business, but he actually did it in 2000, which was the year where he made the transition from wrestling to acting.
The book, called "The Rock Says…" was co-written with Joe Layden, and contains a few juicy details about Johnson's life. Btw, the book stayed at the top of the New York Times Best Seller List for a few weeks. Impressive!
Oops! I Hit It Again
When you're as strong and bulky as The Rock, you're bound to knock people unconscious by accident every now and then. Well, at least, that's what happened during the filming of the movie "The Scorpion King" in 2002.
Johnson was shooting a fight scene with co-star Michael Clarke Duncan and had hit poor Duncan by mistake, knocking him out entirely. Oops!