Dwayne Johnson’s 18-year-old daughter Simone Johnson is on her way to making wrestling history by starting her training with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
While she still has a long way to go before becoming a full-fledged WWE Superstar, she will become the WWE’s first fourth-generation Superstar.
Johnson’s great grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia and grandfather, Rocky Johnson, are both WWE Hall of Famers and her father Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is still one of the most iconic modern-day wrestlers.
‘It means the world to me,’ Simone said in a statement. ‘To know that my family has such a personal connection to wrestling is really special to me and I feel grateful to have the opportunity, not only to wrestle, but to carry on that legacy.’
‘Simone Johnson’s unbridled passion and incredible drive has earned her a coveted spot training with the elite athletes from around the world at the WWE Performance Center,’ said Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque, Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative.
‘Not only does Simone now have an opportunity to cultivate and display her passion for WWE within the Performance Center, but she’ll carry on the tradition of her incredible family lineage while creating her own impact as WWE’s first fourth generation Superstar,’ Levesque added.
Simone also announced the news in a tweet, along with a photo of her from the WWE Performance Center.
‘For the little girl who fell in love with wrestling & was determined to make this dream a reality – this is for you. I’m beyond thankful for this opportunity & ready to get after it. Let’s do this,’ she said.
The 5-foot-10-inch Simone is being trained by a coaching staff lead by Performance Center head coach Matt Bloom (known as Prince Albert in his WWE Superstar days) and assistant head coach Sara Amato.
‘Simone knows she has a lot to learn. She’s hungry to learn and picks the coaches’ minds, and the veteran Superstars’, as well. She’s not going to rest on her laurels. It’s been a short time, but she’s been crushing it.’
‘Simone is a wonderful girl,’ Amato added. ‘She’s like a sponge, it’s pretty amazing. She knows what it takes to succeed and all the hard work and sacrifice that goes into it. I wouldn’t have expected anything less.’
Johnson’s mother Dany Garcia also shared the news on her Instagram page, with a photo of the mother holding Simone as a baby.
‘It’s been the blessing of my life to watch you grow @simoneGJohnson & while the legacy of the family may be your platform, your future will be uniquely yours to earn,’ Garcia began.
‘Congrats my love on living your dream & welcome to @WWENext @WWE!! #4thGenerationSuperstar,’ with The Rock responding, ‘Beautiful.’
Johnson will sit down for her first interview since joining the WWE Performance Center on Wednesday, February 12 at 3 PM ET on the WWE YouTube channel.
The interview will also include, ‘what The Rock thinks of Simone’s new venture’ as well, though The Rock has yet to post about his daughter on social media yet.
Simone Johnson was named the Golden Globe Ambassador at the 75th Golden Globes in January 2018.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Brian Gallagher