The Rock posts touching message after daughter Simone is signed to WWE contract
As you may know, Dwayne Johnson's career started in the WWE wrestling ring. Johnson made his on-screen debut in 1996 at the WWE's Survivor Series PPV, under the ring name of Rocky Maivia - a combination of his father, Rocky Johnson, and grandfather, Peter Maivia.
Later known simply as The Rock, Johnson's family legacy resulted in him being billed as the very first third-generation Superstar in the company's history. Now, 24-years since his WWE debut, his 18-year-old daughter Simone is set to become the very first fourth-generation star in the company's history.
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In a video shared by the WWE's official Twitter account, it was revealed that 18-year-old Simone, the daughter Johnson and his first wife and current business partner Dany Garcia, had been signed to a contract and will start training at WWE's Performance Center in Florida.
In response to the signing, Simone posted that she had always dreamed that wrestling would "be her life" and that she's "ready to work". She wrote:
"To the little girl who fell in love with wrestling & said “this will be my life one day”, this is for you. I’m humbled, grateful & ready to work. Let’s do this."
And Simone's father and former WWE Champion The Rock posted a heartfelt message to his first-born on Instagram, writing:
"Dreams ain’t just for dreamers. Congrats to my #1 born, Simone Johnson on officially signing her wrestling contract with @wwe @wwenxt and on her way to becoming the first ever 4th generation WWE athlete. Carry our family name proudly, but your road will always be yours to create, earn & own.
So proud. Live your dream. Let’s work."
Speaking to WWE.com, Simone revealed: "It means the world to me. 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."
WWE Superstar and Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative Triple H (real name Paul Levesque), said of the signing:
"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. 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."
Matt Bloom, the head coach at the WWE Performance Center also told WWE.com: “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."
The good news comes a month after the passing of The Rock's father, WWE Hall of Famer and former Tag-Team Champion, "Soul Man" Rocky Johnson.