It looks like the apple truly doesn’t fall far from the tree in the Johnson family, as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s daughter is now training to join World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.
Simone Johnson is set to make history as the first fourth-generation WWE Wrestler; on Monday, the WWE network announced Simone had started training to be a WWE Superstar at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
The proud papa, Dwayne Johnson, responded to the news 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. #humblehungry #hardestworkersintheroom #4thgeneration.”
Simone posted her own celebratory post saying, “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.”
Simone’s mother, Dany Garcia, also penned a sweet message on Instagram accompanied by a throwback photo of the two when Simone was just born.” 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. Congrats, my love on living your dream & welcome to WWENXT #wwe!! #4thGenerationSuperstar,” read the post.
This will make Simone the fourth member of the Johnson family to join the WWE family as a wrestler. According to CNN, Simone’s grandfather and Johnson’s father, WWE Hall of Famer Rocky “Soul Man,” Johnson was one of the two first African American World Tag Team Champions in WWE’s history. He passed away at 75. Simone’s great-grandfather was High Chief Maivia, who started a legacy of wrestlers. Back in 2008, The Rock inducted Maivia into the WWE Hall of Fame, according to the WWE’s website.
But it’s not just the Johnson family that is excited for Simone’s next journey; her coaches are also sharing their support.
“Simone is a wonderful girl,” WWE Assistant Head Coach Sara Amato said in a statement. “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.”
Shout out to this happy #GirlDad!