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Oprah Winfrey and The Rock Sip Tequila and Toast his Father, a Week after Rocky, Sr.’s Death

Last week, wrestling and motion major film giant Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson lost his father, a giant in his own right. Rocky Johnson was one of the first Blacks to participate in professional wrestling. Knicknamed “Soul Man,” Johnson Sr. was born Wade Douglas Bowels and has passed away on Jan. 15th at the age of 75.

Despite the recent passing of his father, Dwayne honored his commitment to meet with Oprah Winfrey at Oprah’s 2020 Vision Tour.

According to Oprah.com, the session was for an hour and he talked with the media maven about his career, how it was to transition from being a popular wrestler to the highest-paid actor in Hollywood. Unpacking that and fresh on his mind was his rich wrestling heritage.

He revealed that he was born to wrestle. His father and grandfather were wrestlers, making him the third generation of Johnson men to hit the mat.

But the conversation was not all about his career and mourning his dad. He did brighten the moment by debuting his new Tequila called, Teremana which will be launched commercially in March.

According to the www.spiritbusiness.com, the beverage is “designed to be the ‘Tequila of the people’, Teremana will comprise two expressions: Teremana Blanco (RRP US$29.99 per 750ml bottle) and Teremana Reposado (RRP US$32.99 per 750ml bottle).”

The Rock informed Winfrey that they would not be “taking” the liquor but would be sipping.

“So I would like to make a toss to your father… ” Winfrey toasted, “To the man that helped make you the man that you are. May your relationship with him in the beyond be stronger more profound and bring you all the love that you have always deserved.”

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The Rock Pens Must-Read Message About Dad’s Death: “The Boy You Raised W/ The Toughest Of Love”

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Hollywood superstar The Rock is finally speaking out. The WWE Hall of Fame icon has stepped forward to address his dad’s unexpected death.

Big Facts: On Friday, Dwayne Johnson went to Instagram to remember his pops Rocky Johnson and dished on their close-knit relationship.

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I love you. You broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed your way thru this world. I was the boy sitting in the seats, watching and adoring you, my hero from afar. The boy you raised to always be proud of our cultures and proud of who and what I am. The boy you raised with the toughest of love. The intense work. The hard hand. The adoring boy who wanted to know only your best qualities. Who then grew to become a man realizing you had other deeply complicated sides that needed to be held and understood. Son to father. Man to man. That’s when my adoration turned to respect. And my empathy turned to gratitude. Grateful that you gave me life. Grateful you gave me life’s invaluable lessons. Dad, I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side. But you were ripped away from me so fast without warning. Gone in an instant and no coming back. Im in pain. But we both know it’s just pain and it’ll pass. Now I’ll carry your mana and work ethic with me, as it’s time to move on because I have my family to feed and work to accomplish. Finally, I want you to rest your trailblazing soul, Soulman. Pain free, regret free, satisfied and at ease. You lived a very full, very hard, barrier breaking life and left it all in the ring. I love you dad and I’ll always be your proud and grateful son. Go rest high. #ripsoulman #rockyjohnson 🐐

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High-Key Details: This week’s tragic death news immediately sparked a flurry of celebrity reactions.

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R. I. P. Rocky. Johnson 🙏🏽🌹👊🏿💙

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Wait, There’s More: Some reports claim Rocky had experienced a recent illness.

The former professional wrestler Brian Blair, another 1980s WWE star, was friends with Johnson for many years and they still went to church together in Tampa, Florida. Blair said that Johnson had complained of an unspecified illness and lately had missed church. Blair said Johnson’s wife, Sheila, was distraught over her husband’s death. (The Guardian)

Before You Go: Rocky Johnson blew up in the 80’s and made WWE history as being part of the organization’s first-ever African American championship duo.

Johnson, who was living in the Tampa Bay area, passed away Wednesday. Rocky “Soulman” Johnson — started out in the National Wrestling Alliance in the 1960s, but got widespread notoriety when he joined the WWE in the 80s. He and Tony Atlas became the league’s first African-American tag team champions as The Soul Patrol. (TMZ)

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The Rock’s Dad Dies At 75 + Internet Pours Heart Out To Support WWE Hall Of Fame Icon

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Hollywood superstar The Rock‘s dad Rocky Johnson has reportedly passed away. New reports claim Dwayne Johnson‘s day one died this week at the age of 75.

Big Facts: This week, the WWE broke the tragic news across social media.

High-Key Details: The news immediately sparked a flurry of celebrity reactions.

Wait, There’s More: Some reports claim Rocky had experienced a recent illness.

The former professional wrestler Brian Blair, another 1980s WWE star, was friends with Johnson for many years and they still went to church together in Tampa, Florida. Blair said that Johnson had complained of an unspecified illness and lately had missed church. Blair said Johnson’s wife, Sheila, was distraught over her husband’s death. (The Guardian)

Before You Go: Rocky Johnson blew up in the 80’s and made WWE history as being part of the organization’s first-ever African American championship duo.

Johnson, who was living in the Tampa Bay area, passed away Wednesday. Rocky “Soulman” Johnson — started out in the National Wrestling Alliance in the 1960s, but got widespread notoriety when he joined the WWE in the 80s. He and Tony Atlas became the league’s first African-American tag team champions as The Soul Patrol. (TMZ)

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Wanna See JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL? Here’s Select NY, ATL, DC + More Screening Passes

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The wait is almost over. Ahead of Jumaji: The Next Level gearing up to hit theaters nationwide December 13, SOHH is giving readers in Washington, DC, New York City, Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina a chance to see the flick early. Locate your city/theater below and redeem a pair of tix now!

AMC Mazza Gallerie / DC: http://www.sonyscreenings.com/NsQZk71200

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Smackdown vs Lock Down: Is URL Hip-Hop’s Version of Wrestling Giant, WWE?

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This weekend started out with a bang as the WWE’s Friday Night SmackDown debuted on Fox last night and fans were not let down. The franchise did more than just entertain fans, thirsty for a rough and rumble contest, but made history. This event was the first WWE program to air one of the four major broadcast networks, in celebration of SmackDown’s 20th Anniversary.

URL, the most premier English speaking battle rap league in world, is also celebrating their anniversary with a debut of their own. For the first time, the league will host a battle in Philadelphia, making another huge splash in this emerging industry during their historic 10th Anniversary year. The title of this event is surprisingly close to the WWE tentpole, and has garnered just as much attention: Lock Down.

Read More: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Returning This Week to WWE for “SMACKDOWN! LIVE” Fox Debut

Could it be safe to say that SMACK/URL is Hip-Hop’s closest version of WWE? And it is more than John Cena busting some rhymes, or rappers included wrestling in their bars.

 

1. Cassidy is Battle Rap’s The Rock!

Both companies went out their way to bring back legends of the culture for these epic debuts. For WWE, the brought back Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Outside of Hulk Hogan, he possibly the most successful wrestler ever to hit the mat. The same could be said of Cassidy, the Hustler.  Cassidy is a star. Has been a star. Continues to move and attract audiences like a star. And so it is smart to bring this platinum selling artists to the “mat” to battle a formidable opponent in, Arsonal da Rebel. Both The Rock and The Hustler add bells and whistles to the experiences- sending a note that legacy is still competitive and that they can come and go (based on the fans desire to see them) as they please.

Read More: BREAKING!!!! The Long Awaited SMACK Battle Rap Experience in Philly, Cassidy Vs. Arsonal Headline “Lock Down”

2. Ooo Ladies First, Ladies First

Both companies understand that women are powerful in the market. While URL’s Lock Down card, taking place on Sunday, Oct. 6, has no women on it, the league dropped a two-on-two from its famed Summer Impact card on its app. The Bardashians (Jaz the Rapper & O’fficial) vs. TOQ (40 B.A.R.R.S. & E-Hart) was aggressive and entertaining, showing that the ladies have just as much grit as the men. Even though it was a clear body, the dynamics of the battle on such a large stage rippled through the industry. It further elevated the URL brand as one that is invested in equity (in a smart and strategic way), as much as it is invested in quality entertainment. The same could be said about the WWE. At yesterday’s Smackdown event, Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair vs. Bayley and Sasha Banks, took the stage with just as much energy, both teams understanding the privilege it is to compete on the highest level in the industry. Ironically, both franchises opened their events with the female contests. Notably, Lynch and Flair put their rivalry aside to battle, similarly to what  40 and E-Hart did at Summer Impact. 

Read More: Jaz and O’fficial Debut As “The Bardashians”  The Two Set The Tone for Summer Impact With Body of The Night

 

3. Nothing But Winners Over Here

The under-cards at both of these experiences are just as exciting as the title events. This is something that both the wrestling league and the battle rap league has taken into consideration over the years. Working hard to make sure the experiences are rich, the casting of each card takes a lot of thought- and has become a science. While there is a secret recipe of contracts, fan favorites, skill and chemistry, the teams of both companies plan out months in advance cards that make sense. Now that brings up another question, since we know that there is choreography involved in commercial wrestling… Would this kind of engineering destroy the battling or heighten the value and quality control of the performances? Or are the quality of these fights (physical and lyrical) based on the preparation of the battlers and wrestlers? Either way, by the time you get to a Lock Down or a Smackdown, those casted are properly vetted to put on a show.

4. The Business Behind The Competitions Are Just As Colorful As Those on Camera

The WWE perfected making Vince McMahon just as much a part of the show as the wrestlers that he has tapped to be the faces of his business. And at $2.8B in real time net worth, he has taken his golden mug and platinum brain to the bank. The same can be said about Troy “SMACK WHITE” Mitchell. While not a billionaire yet, he is just as much a brand as the business. Hell… he is the business. Consider that the name of the company is Ultimate Rap League, but his name is interchangeable with that of the league’s. And if SMACK WHITE is not enough… Eric Beasley, one of his partners, finds his names just as much in the verses and battlers as the show’s host!

 

TV IS READY FOR THIS RAP REVOLUTION

Wrestling, by nature of its 50 year history, has been a staple on television. Battle rap has been sequestered to the back allies and lunchroom cafeterias of urban America. That is until Fight Club made its debut on MTV and URL made their impact on BET. Both moves opened the doors for the other digital platforms to grow, using TV not as a need mode of distribution but as a cool way to market what they have going on. This weekend, URL has moved from just being a segment on the now defuncted 106 & Park show and a blip on the award show’s cypher segment. During the BET Hip-Hop Awards, URL is programmed to do two battles, a rematch between T-Top vs. Shotgun Suge and DNA vs. Geechi Gotti.

This weekend has already been sport overload as Comicon has taken over NYC, WWE has taken over Los Angeles and URL has taken over both Atlanta and Philadelphia. Working to see how both arenas produce stars, industry and moments for fans to look back on, are evidence that these two are siblings in a market base that the mainstream will have to reckon.

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Big Sean + A$AP Ferg Geek Out Over The Rock Co-Signing Their Fire BEZERK: “The GOAT Himself”

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G.O.O.D. Music’s Big Sean and A$AP Ferg know they have a hit on their hands. The hip-hop stars went to Instagram this weekend to react to The Rock putting a hefty co-sign behind their new “Bezerk” single.

Sean Don and Ferg jumped on Instagram to share Rock’s huge shout-out.

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🙏🏾 @therock

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Hours prior, The Rock penned a huge message to salute Sean and Ferg for helping him with his workout goals.

At this week’s MTV Video Music Awards show, Sean and Ferg performed their infectious single.

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That’s All Folks: HBO Announces ‘Ballers’ 5th Season Will Be Its Last

HBO Announces 'Ballers' Will End After Fifth Season

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HBO’s dramedy Ballers which was described as many as Entourage meets Arli$$, is coming to an end. The cable network announced that the show’s fifth season premiering this Sunday (August 25) will be the last one.

The show’s final season follows Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne Johnson) and his former partner Joe Krutel (Rob Corddry) as they go on separate paths. Spencer is lured out of retirement after getting an offer that is too hard to refuse. His crazy ex-partner Joe is still going strong at Sports X alongside his new business associate Lance (Russell Brand).

The Rock confirmed the sad news via his Instagram account thanking fans for faithfully tuning in for the past four seasons. He thanked viewers for making Ballers the highest-rated show on the network and that his heart “is full of gratitude to all of you for rockin’ with us every season.”

The show also starred John David Washington, Omar Benson Miller, Dule Hill, Jazmyn Simon, Donovan W. Carter and more. It was also a favorite of 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren. We can assume this news isn’t sitting too well with her at the moment. The Rock will be quite alright though, he was announced as the top-paid actor of 2019.

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Marries Longtime Girlfriend Lauren Hashian

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took a break from blowing up stuff on the big screen to tie the knot with his girlfriend of 12 years Lauren Hashian.

Johnson and Hashian wed in Hawaii on Sunday, August 18, and shared images of them dressed in all white with a celebratory kiss.

The newlyweds met in 2006 have two children, Lauren who was born in 2014 and Jasmine born in December of 2015.

Johnson was married once before to Dany Garcia who shares an 18-year-old daughter, Simone.

Congrats to Dwayne and Lauren!

 

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We do. August 18th, 2019. Hawaii. Pōmaikaʻi (blessed) @laurenhashianofficial❤ @hhgarcia41📸

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Look: The Rock Announces He’s Officially Married W/ New Wedding Pics

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Hollywood actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson officially tied the knot. The retired WWE icon went to Instagram Monday to deliver the major wedding news.

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Look: The Rock Lands On TIME’s 100 Most Influential People List

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Hollywood superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has some serious bragging rights. The former WWE champion now graces the cover of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People issue.

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