The Rock was successful in the World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment (WWF/E) as one of the cardinal figures and among the most charismatic of the Attitude Era: he is in fact recognized as the second most important icon of this period.
In 2011 he made his return to WWE and has continued to fight sporadically to this day. During a long interview with Oprah Winfrey, Rock revealed when he knew that his dad was proud of him: “I felt that he was proud of me when I became successful in an industry that he gave his life to.
So my father, for a lot of you guys that don’t know, he was a professional wrestler. And my grandfather was a professional wrestler, too. My dad Rocky Johnson, was a — I’m half black, half Samoan … The reason that I said that is my father was black man coming up in the ’60s and ’70s in the world of professional wrestling, which a lot of the companies that he wrestled at were in the south.
So he was a trailblazer in many ways, because of what he could do as a black man was … go to these small towns, where it was an all-white wrestling business, n all-white audience, and at time in the late ’60s where racial tension and divide was still very strong.
And the wounds were still there. But he was able to change behavior. The audience’s behavior. So this all-white audience, who would never cheer for a black man, cheered for him in these arenas."