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Like his father and grandfather, several of Johnson's other (non-blood) relatives are or were professional wrestlers, including his uncles, Afa and Sika Anoaʻi (The Wild Samoans) and his cousins, Rodney (Yokozuna), Solofa (Rikishi), Matt (Rosey) and Eddie (Umaga).
Johnson gained mainstream fame in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) from 1996 to 2004 and was the first third-generation wrestler in the company's history.On Halftime Heat (an episode of Sunday Night Heat aired in the same timeslot as the Super Bowl XXXIII halftime show) on January 31, Mankind pinned The Rock using a forklift truck in an empty arena match. Valentine's Day Massacre: In Your House in a last man standing match which ended in a draw, meaning Mankind retained the title.Their feud ended on February 15 Raw Is War, when The Rock won his third WWF Championship in a ladder match after Big Show performed a chokeslam on Mankind off the ladder.Mc Mahon to defend the title in a rematch, but forfeited it to The Rock instead, handing him the title belt before hitting him with the Stone Cold Stunner.On the March 30 episode of Raw is War, The Rock debuted a new Intercontinental Championship belt which was used to represent the title until October 2, 2011, when the previous design was reused.The Rock's entertaining promos and ensuing popularity led to a face turn, in which he called himself "The People's Champion". Mc Mahon, who said he had "a problem with the people" and would thus target "The People's Champion".
A double turn occurred at Survivor Series, when The Rock defeated Mc Mahon's associate, Mankind, in the finals of the "Deadly Game" tournament On December 13, 1998 at the pay-per-view named for him, Rock Bottom: In Your House, The Rock had a rematch with Mankind for the WWF Championship.
He is the sixth Triple Crown Champion in WWE and won the 2000 Royal Rumble. His maternal grandfather, "High Chief" Peter Maivia, was also a wrestler, and his maternal grandmother, Lia Maivia, was one of wrestling's few female promoters, taking over Polynesian Pacific Pro Wrestling after her husband's death in 1982, until 1988.
then spent 10th grade at President William Mc Kinley High School in Honolulu, Hawaii.
At Breakdown: In Your House, The Rock defeated Ken Shamrock and Mankind in a triple threat steel cage match to become the number one contender for the WWF Championship.
The Rock then feuded with fellow Nation member Mark Henry, effectively breaking up the stable.
He received additional training from Tom Prichard, alongside Achim Albrecht and Mark Henry.