|Chip off the old rock...|
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It's only logical that I follow up my Tony Atlas entry with one on his former tag team partner and fellow Hall of Famer, Rocky Johnson. The Soul Man has a rich history in sports entertainment, and was a part of the early globalization of wrestling when Vince McMahon and the WWF took the world by storm.
As I stated in the Tony Atlas piece, I first came to really know who Rocky Johnson was shortly after the two beat the Wild Samoans for the WWF tag team titles. The team became the first black team to capture the gold. Quite an accomplishment.
But before Rocky found success with Tony in the tag team ranks, he held many titles in the NWA and its regional territories. I'll be honest, I don't remember a whole lot about Rocky. He did battle the Magnificant Muraco for the Intercontinental title (I'm sure more than once.) But on this occasion he got screwed.
I was also quite bummed when he and Tony lost the tag team titles to Dick Murdoch and Adrian Adonis. It was one of the first title changes I'd ever seen and I'm pretty sure the heels cheated to win the gold that night. Rocky didn't stick around long in the WWF after that and ended up eventually teaming with Soul Train Jones (Virgil) and won the AWA Southern Tag Team titles. Interesting.
|Rocky's HOF Ring|
I know he's done some work off and on with the WWE over the years, helping to train future superstars. He's another legend of the ring who has helped to pave the way for other wrestlers, including his famous son.