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How Wrestling and Hollywood Made Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Filthy Rich
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In professional wrestling, there are certain names that have the charisma that transcends the industry. Continuing the wrestling lineage of the legendary Maivia family, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson decided to follow the footsteps of his father Rocky Johnson and grandfather “High Chief” Peter Maivia by entering the scene as a professional wrestler in 1995.

This, of course, was after his time as a football player on the gridiron. He never reached the NFL but did play in the Canadian Football League with the Calgary Stampeders after a successful college football career, which included a national championship with the University of Miami in 1992. It did not take long after his debut for The Rock to gain the interest of Vince McMahon and WWE, as he debuted just a year later in 1996, embracing his Samoan and black culture by donning the name Rocky Maivia.

The rest is history. The wrestler-turned-actor and Hayward, California native has become a box office sensation and piled up the cash ever since. So what is Dwayne Johnson’s net worth? It’s time to find out.

Pro Wrestling Career

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From 1996 to 2004, The Rock cemented himself as being one of the most popular wrestlers of all time. Also, during this time, filmmakers began to draw interest in the former 10-time World Champion and five-time tag team champion.

The Rock returned to WWE in 2011 as the guest host of WrestleMania 27, followed by main event matches with John Cena at both WrestleMania 28 and 29. He won the WWE Championship for the first time since 2002 from CM Punk at the 2013 Royal Rumble matchwhich led to his match at WrestleMania 29 against John Cena for the title.

Acting Career

Dwayne Johnson’s breakout role was in 2001 when played The Scorpion King in the movie The Mummy Returns. The following year, The Scorpion King was released, and The Rock played the same character again.

These opportunities led to more roles, which resulted in a seven-year hiatus from WWE for endeavors such as the role of Maui in Disney’s Moana, along with roles in Fast & Furious, Furious 7, The Rundown, San Andreas, Tooth Fairy, Central Intelligence (with Kevin Hart), The Game Plan, and more, as well as appearances as a guest host on Saturday Night Live. Now, The Rock is a social media and movie star worldwide.

Endorsements

In addition to his professional wrestling and film career, The Rock also has endorsement deals with companies such as Apple, Ford and Under Armour, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Dwayne Johnson also has his own production company along with ex-wife Dany Garcia, Seven Bucks Productions, and has released films such as Baywatch, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and Shazam!, as well as HBO’s Ballers.

Seven Bucks Productions was also the contributing company behind the Fighting with my Family movie, which documented the pro wrestling journey of Paige and her family. Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is also scheduled to be released in summer 2019, and this will also feature current WWE star Roman Reigns.

Dwayne Johnson Net Worth

The Rock has been one of the highest paid actors in the nation over the past few years, and just recently became the highest paid actor in United States history, according to Forbes.

Dwayne Johnson has experienced quite the success story transitioning from a pro wrestling career to Hollywood, and the 47-year-old is still going strong in the film industry with a net worth now at $280 million.

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Chris Featherstone is a WWE Contributor for FanBuzz. He has years of wrestling journalism experience, contributing for sites such as Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, Digital Spy, and more. Since 2012, Chris has hosted the Pancakes and Powerslams Show, with over 100 wrestlers as special guests. Some of these guests include ...Read more
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