Dwayne Johnson has said he’s proud of his daughter Simone after she signed up to WWE, becoming the youngest person to join in the history of the company.
Simone, who signed up back in February, is not only the youngest ever WWE star, she’s also the first fourth-generation WWE wrestler, following in the footsteps of her dad, her granddad Rocky Johnson and her great-granddad ‘High Chief’ Peter Maivia.
Now, her beaming dad has spoken about how it feels to have a new wrestler in the family, telling Jimmy Fallon: « It blows my mind. »
« First of all, what an honour that my daughter wants to follow in my footsteps, but more importantly – follow in my footsteps sounds cliché – but she actually wants to create and blaze her own path, which is so important. »
Johnson went on to praise his daughter for working hard behind the scenes to hone her wrestling skills for the past two years, adding: « She’s 18 now, at 16 she was working her ass off quietly under the radar, in the ring getting thrown around – you know, all the bumps and bruises that go with pro wrestling. But she hung in there, and I’m very, very proud of her. »
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In a statement released back in February, Simone said: « 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. »
While WWE executive vice president Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque said: « 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. »
Sounds like Simone is definitely going to be one to watch for wrestling fans.