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The reason? His fellow students had said wrestling was fake. The first third-generation wrestler lived and breathe the business, with his late father Rocky Johnson the first black Georgia heavyweight champion.
He was so loyal to the industry from such a young age that he lost it and ended up being punished by his school for his conduct.
In NBC's 'Young Rock', a new series chronicling the life of the WWE legend long before he was a box office sensation, we see Johnson knocking out a classmate after he called wrestling fake.
And in replying to a fan on Twitter, the 48-year-old confirmed this exact event happened in real life.
Hi Jack, yup it sure did happen.- Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) February 24, 2021
I pile drived a kid in elementary.
KO'd a kid in high school.
Got suspended both times.
I was wrong.
But back in the 80s I was taught by my dad and all the wrestlers to always "protect the business". It's what we we did. #YoungRock https://t.co/sivjaCuNI6
Johnson tweeted: "Yup it sure did happen. Twice. I pile drived a kid in elementary. KO'd a kid in high school. Got suspended both times," he wrote.
"I was wrong. But back in the 80s I was taught by my dad and all the wrestlers to always 'protect the business'. It's what we did."
This was a long, long time ago but the 10-time world champion was basically a fully developed man at the time.
'The Brahma Bull' shared a picture of him aged 15 on Instagram and revealed that everyone thought he was an undercover police officer because of how he looked.
He wrote: "#flashbackfriday to that special time when I was a 15yr old punk kid, 6'4, barely 200lbs, creepy mustache and forced to leave Hawai'i to live in Nashville, TN - where I just enrolled in a new high school - and EVERYONE (students and teachers) treated me like I had the plague and stayed away because they were all convinced I was an undercover cop. True story.'"
Im belly laughing .....:joy:- Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) February 11, 2021
One had a full mustache and was getting arrested multiple times, while the other had a respectable job as everyone's favorite grocery boy at the local market...love ya man!! https://t.co/LqeIqLs6XW
Just look at that moustache.
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