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The Rock Was Not Dwayne Johnson’s First Nickname — Here’s the Embarrassing Nickname He Had Before

These days, fans know Dwayne Johnson by his given name. Between his wrestling legacy, his blockbuster movie career and his inspirational social media posts, Johnson is everywhere. Some people still call him The Rock, his WWF/WWE persona. Johnson would prefer that to the nickname his family gave him when he was a little kid.

Johnson was on a Zoom panel for the Television Critics Association on Jan. 26. He’s producing and starring in the NBC comedy Young Rock. We’ll have more on the show here at Showbiz Cheat Sheet before its premiere, Feb. 16, but first Johnson explained the embarrassing nickname Young Rock reveals.

From Dwayne Johnson to The Rock and back again
The Johnson family was already into wrestling before Dwayne was born. His father, the late Rocky Johnson, performed with The Iron Sheik, Andre the Giant and other legends. When Dwayne made it in the WWF, later renamed the WWE, he triumphed as The Rock. His catch phrase was “Can you smell what The Rock is cooking?” and his signature move was The Rock Bottom.

When Dwayne started making movies, his first few credits were still as The Rock. Check out The Mummy Returns, The Scorpion King, Walking Tall, Be Cool and Doom. Gridiron Gang and The Game Plan listed him as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Southland Tales was the first movie where he simply went with Dwayne Johnson.

Before he was The Rock, Dwayne Johnson was Dewey
Young Rock takes place in three eras. In 1982, Johnson was a kid in Hawaii. In 1987, he was a teenager in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Finally, the show follows Johnson to the University of Miami in 1990 where he played college football. In the 1982 scenes, the Johnson family refers to Dwayne as Dewey. Dwayne admitted Dewey was not just short for Dwayne.

“When I was a little baby, and I was born in the Bay Area, San Francisco area, Heyward, California to be exact,” Johnson said. “I was with my godparents and I was probably, from what I’m told, six months old. My mom had said to my godmother, ‘Is he wet? Is his diaper wet?’ And she goes, ‘No, he’s just a little dewey.’”

Dewey followed him through high school
Dewey may have been a cute name for a kid, but it wasn’t so cool when he was a teenager. Young Rock shows how he invented the persona of Tomas to try to impress girls. His family kept calling him Dewey, though. No wonder he changed it to The Rock.

“My existence for years, when my parents would come around, in front of my girlfriends or friends or anyone, ‘Hey, Dewey’ automatically because it’s a name that’s not like that’s a powerful name,” Johnson said.

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The Ultimate List of the Best Action Movie Hero Names

Arnold Schwarzenegger (aka “Arnie”, “The Austrian Oak”, or “The Govenator”) is an ultimate action movie legend of the first class. Both a former Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia champion bodybuilder and former Governor of California, Arnold has risen to the highest levels of worldly success.

Born in Thal, Styria, Austria, Arnold made his breakthrough into Hollywood action movies originally in sword-and-sorcery with Conan the Barbarian and in sci-fi with The Terminator, early roles which let him hide his thick accent and lack of American acting experience.

However, Arnold quickly found his niche and would go on to helm some of the most critically and commercially successful action movie blockbusters of all time. Including Terminator 2: Judgement Day and the Terminator Series, Commando, Predator, Total Recall and True Lies to name a few. While he has eased up in later years to pursue public office, his legacy remains Arnold strong!

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American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991) Biography, Plot, Trailer

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)
American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation is a 1991 American martial arts action film starring Michael Dudikoff, David Bradley, and James Booth. A sequel to American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989), it is the fourth installment in the American Ninja franchise, followed by American Ninja V and was directed by Cedric Sundstrom. The film marked Michael Dudikoff’s final appearance in the American Ninja franchise.

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)


A Delta Force unit attempts to escape from a pursuing group of ninja in a foreign country but most are killed and the rest are captured. The secret Ninja Army is headed by Colonel Scarf Mulgrew) an ex-British policeman and anti-American who has joined with Shiekh Ali Maksood, a Muslim militant, who plans to bring a suitcase nuke to New York. Mulgrew threatens to burn the commandos alive and use the nuke unless he is paid a ransom of 50 million dollars. Agents Sean Davidson and Carl Brackston are sent on a covert mission to rescue the prisoners and defeat the terrorists.


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Sean and Carl parachute in and meet their contact Pango. While gathering information from a local operative named Freddie, they are confronted by Mulgrew and the corrupt local police headed by O’Reilly. Freddie is killed by Mulgrew but Sean, Carl, and Pango escape. Pango takes them to Dr. Sarah a Peace Corps nurse who hides them from the police. Soon after ninjas attack, capturing Sean, Carl and Sarah alive while Pango escapes, and imprisoning them in an old British fort to be tortured by Mulgrew. Mulgrew assaults Sarah and later it is revealed Mulgrew killed her father.


  • Michael Dudikoff as Agent Joe Armstrong
  • David Bradley as Agent Sean Davidson
  • Dwayne Alexandre as Agent Carl Brackston
  • Robin Stille as Dr. Sarah[3]
  • Ken Gampu as Dr. Tamba
  • James Booth as Colonel Scarf Mulgrew
  • Ron Smerczak as Shiekh Ali Maksood
  • Frantz Dobrowsky as Captain O’Reilly
  • Kely McClung as Super Ninja
  • Jody Abrahams as Pango
  • Anthony Fridjhon as Freddie / Treddle
  • David Sherwood as Gavin
  • Sean Kelly as Norris
  • Jamie Bartlett as Segal
  • John Pasternak as Carlos
  • Robin B. Smith as Schultz
  • Shane Safi as Little Special School Child

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Will Smith CONFRONTS Jim Carrey For HUMILIATING Him On Live TV

Get ready for the ultimate showdown! In this explosive video, Will Smith confronts Jim Carrey after being publicly humiliated on live TV.

The two Hollywood legends have a long-standing rivalry, but things came to a head after Jim’s controversial comments about Will during an interview.
With tensions running high, Will finally has the opportunity to confront Jim face-to-face and demand an apology.

But will Jim be able to make amends for his insulting remarks, or will this confrontation only escalate the feud further?
Watch now to find out!

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But will Jim be able to make amends for his insulting remarks, or will this confrontation only escalate the feud further?
Watch now to find out!

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