Dwayne Johnson’s daughter, Simone Johnson, known professionally as Ava Raine, officially stepped into the world of wrestling in 2020 and made her grand debut in the ring over the weekend. And her dad, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, is proud of his daughter as she continues her family’s legacy.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight during the DC League of Super-Pets screening on Wednesday, the wrestler turned actor shared, “She’s fourth, (generation). She’s made history. Very very proud of her.” Simone follows in the footsteps of her father, Dwayne’s father, and his grandfather. Dwayne, who retired from the WWE in 2004, added, “She is fiercely independent.”
The DC League of Super-Pets star continues, “It’s very important for her to make her own way. Blaze her own trail. Blaze her own path. She doesn’t come to me looking for a lot which I respect. And I’m here watching and supporting.” In May, Simone came under fire from wrestling fans, who felt she wasn’t honouring her family after she announced her in-ring name. The 20-year-old athlete released a statement explaining her choice.
In response to one user who questioned her decision, Simone tweeted, “I probably sound like a broken record & hopefully this is the last I’ll mention this but I don’t understand why people being portrayed as separate individuals from their family name is such a heated topic.” She added in the tweet, “a name doesn’t discredit any prior accomplishments from any family. I could build my entire career around my father & people would still bash me anyway.”
Simone is Dwayne’s daughter with his first wife, Dany Garcia. He is also a father to Jasmine, and Tianna with his wife, Lauren Hashian. In 2020, Dwayne celebrated his daughter making history as the youngest person to sign a contract with WWE and shared how much work she put in, prior to that moment. The actor shared, “what an honour that my daughter wants to follow in my footsteps but most importantly, follow in my footsteps sounds cliché but she actually wants to create and blaze her own path, which is just so important.”