Dwayne Johnson, also known by his pseudonym The Rock, is an American actor, film producer and wrestler of Canadian and Samoan descent. He is the son and nephew of Rocky Johnson and Peter Maivia respectively, both wrestlers and members of the Anoa'i family. Dwayne is therefore defined as a third generation wrestler; several of his uncles, cousins, and nephews have also been wrestlers.
Known for the first two years as Rocky Maivia, from 1996 to 2004 he had success in the World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment as one of the key 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 continued to wrestle sporadically.
Johnson won nineteen titles during his career, including ten world championships. He also won the Intercontinental Championship twice and the WWF Tag Team Championship five times. He was also the sixth wrestler to wear the Triple Crown and the winner of the 2000 royal rumble match, while at the annual WWF/E main pay-per-view event, WrestleMania, he main evented in five occasions: in the XV, 2000, X-Seven, XXVIII and 29 editions. In addition to that, the name of the weekly SmackDown show comes from one of its famous catchphrases: "Laying the SmackDown!"
The Rock also holds the record for most appearances in the main events of Raw (thirty-eight in 2000), SmackDown (thirty-six in 2000), and, together with Stone Cold Steve Austin (twelve in 2001), pay-per-view events in just one year (twelve in 2000). The company later placed him at number one in several rankings including: Greatest WrestleMania Rivalry (vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin), Greatest Superstar in SmackDown History and Funniest Superstar in WWE History.
The Rock has also appeared twelve times on video game covers: WWF Attitude, WWF WrestleMania 2000, WWF SmackDown!, WWF Royal Rumble, WWF No Mercy, WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role, WWF Betrayal, WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It, WWE WrestleMania XIX, WWE Legends of WrestleMania, WWE All Stars and WWE 2K14; in 2000 he published, together with Joe Layden, his autobiography "The Rock Says ...", which remained for several weeks in first place in the best seller list of the US newspaper New York Times.
Starting in the 2000s, he embarked on a film career and his first leading role was in the film The Scorpion King in 2002, which was followed by The Treasure of the Amazon, Doom, Faster and the Fast & Furious saga from from the fifth film.