If your dad was Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, chances are you’ll have inherited some of his competitiveness, drive and ambition.
And while many kids follow in their parents’ footsteps in terms of career, it’s not often one of your parents has two hugely successful careers, and is world famous for both of them.
However, the Rock’s 17-year-old daughter, Simone Garcia Johnson, believes she’s got what it takes to emulate her father’s success, and she’s revealed she’s training to become a WWE legend – just like her old man.
Simone has started training on a part-time basis at the WWE Performance Center, according to the Mirror. In a recent podcast with ex-WWE announcer, Lilian Garcia, the wrestler Zelina Vega, talked about how she’d become close with Simone, and how they’d started training at the centre in Orlando, Florida.
Of course, Big Papa Rock (I assume that’s what Simone calls him?) is nothing if not supportive of his daughter’s decision.
Speaking with evident pride about sporty Simone while on ABC’s Good Morning America, The Rock beamed:
Simone is working so hard, and her work has already started. She wants to be a WWE wrestler.
As the hosts and audience applauded, the Skyscraper star continued:
I love that idea and I think … We had this big conversation.
She came with me to Hong Kong and Beijing and I said, ‘Honey, whatever your passion is, I support that.’
Check out the interview below:
According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, Simone has been training part-time for the ‘past few months’ and, as she’s still in high school, is not scheduled to appear in any competitions just yet.
She has, however, spoken about how she wants to give it a go:
It’s a sport that is unlike anything else in the world. There’s just a certain amount of passion that every move and match requires, and that’s so admirable.
It’s definitely something I’ve thought about and want to pursue.
I’m sure she’ll cook up something great in the ring, just like her dad.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.