In recent years, WWE star and actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson "is present almost everywhere. Whether in the ring at WWE and Raw or on the big screen as part of the numerous blockbusters in which he participated. In particular, the cinematic success of The Rock in his youth was not necessarily predictable. Johnson actually comes from a real family of wrestlers, in which he is the third superstar of the ring after his grandfather Peter Maivia and his father Wayde Bowles. Despite its fame, there are a number of amazing facts about the lineage of US wrestling that are quite remarkable.
Fact 1 - The Rock was the youngest WWE Champion ever
How could it be otherwise, the first fact dates from the time when Dwayne Johnson still earned his bun with wrestling. No sooner had the old legends, such as Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair, left the spotlight than a new generation entered the stage to fill this gap. This generation also included Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who became the youngest WWE World Champion of all time when he won "Laid the Smackdown" in 1998 at only 26 years old. However, this title should only be the beginning of a great world career.
Fact 2 - His biography was a bestseller
Although we know The Rock more from the screen and from the wrestling arena, in 2000 he also set standards with something completely different. His autobiography titled "The Rock says" was a greater success than many critics had thought possible. A sign of this success is the book's entry into No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list, where »The Rock says« was able to prevail over several weeks against strong competition.
Fact 3 - Dwayne Johnson is the highest paid Hollywood career changer
His rock-hard body has naturally made Dwayne Johnson an ideal action hero for Hollywood movies. After a few supporting roles it finally happened in 2002. In the movie "The Scorpion King" he got his first starring role. This was worth a staggering $ 5.5 million, which is the highest salary Hollywood has ever paid for an actor who has starred for the first time.
Fact 4 - Dwayne Johnson is a true blockbuster
His popularity, which The Rock has also thanks to his numerous screen appearances, cause in the wrestling universe for more superlatives. And so it is no wonder that the legendary match between Dwayne Johnson and John Cena drew 80,647 fans to the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey as part of Wrestle Mania 29's 2013 main event. This event brought WWE record box revenue of around $ 12.3 million. In addition, there are millions more from advertising revenue, TV rights and on-demand tickets.
Fact 5 - The Rock is a true Hollywood champion
The wrestling superstar is not only one of the greatest wrestlers, but also the undefeated Hollywood champion. Johnson's most outstanding year so far was in 2013 when Forbes Magazine awarded him the title of "The Grossing Actor of 2013". The award is not surprising, appeared in the same year but movies such as The Fast and the Furious 6, Pain & Gain and GI Joe, which grossed at the box office about 1.3 billion US dollars.
Fact 6 - The guarantee of success for Universal Studios
The next fact in the record-breaking life of Dwayne Johnson has once again to do with Hollywood. In fact, it's about the movie The Fast and the Furious 6, in which The Rock played the role of DSS agent Luke Hobs. Above all, the Universal Studios were thrilled with the success, because the movie was playing half a billion US dollars at the box office worldwide, as no other Universal Studios movie ever.
Fact 7 - Dwayne "The Social Beast" Johnson
Even the social media appearances of The Rock are quite record-breaking. It's hard to miss the fact that The Rock is spreading across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, with the hubbub of Johnson overshadowing every other celebrity on the net. The wrestler and actor brings it alone on Instagram on currently 97 million followers.
Fact 8 - Incredible Hercules diet
For his film "Hercules," Dwayne Johnson had to go through a diet that truly caters to every Greek saga hero. In order to build up the additional muscle mass, he eliminated seven full meals every day within 22 weeks. Including about 14 eggs and an incredible three pounds of meat per day. Asked how he put up with the hard workouts and the calorie mast, Johnson replied that he had drunk a large cup of lion's blood for breakfast each morning. The latter described in one of his social media posts with a wink, however, as optional.