Rocky Johnson, former WWF Tag Team Champion and WWE Hall of Famer, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 75. Known as "Soul Man," Johnson wrestled for a wide variety of promotions in the National Wrestling Aliance in the 60s and 70s before jumping to the World Wrestling Fedration in 1982. As one half of the Soul Train tag team, he and Tony Atlas made history in 1983 by becoming the first black tag team to hold the WWF tag titles. He'd continue to wrestle until 1991, then decided to train his son Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson on how to become a wrestler.
Numerous wrestlers from both in and out of the WWE took to social media after they heard the news to pay tribute to Johnson. Check out some of the tweets in the list below.
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of the great Rocky Johnson. Always a gentleman, I always enjoyed talking with him. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and the fans who loved him. A very sad day for wrestling.#RIPRockyJohnson pic.twitter.com/4agKbOzAry— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) January 15, 2020
My most sincere condolences 🖤🙏🏼🖤Johnson Family.January 16, 2020
The National Wrestling Alliance is saddened to hear of the passing of Rocky Johnson.
His legacy stretches across every promotion. He was a champion everywhere he went including holding the NWA Georgia Championship.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family. pic.twitter.com/KTqHZns6Hb— NWA (@nwa) January 15, 2020
R.I.P. Rocky Johnson— Bruce Prichard (@bruceprichard) January 15, 2020
Thoughts and prayers to the family
Saddened to hear about the passing of Rocky Johnson. Rocky was always extremely friendly & kind to me every time I interacted with him over the years. My condolences & thoughts go out to his family.— Matt Hardy in LIMBO (@MATTHARDYBRAND) January 15, 2020
RIP to the great Rocky Johnson and condolences to his family and friends.
“A helluva hand!” 🤠— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) January 15, 2020
GOODBYE BROTHER ROCKY JOHNSON. I LOVE YOU FOREVER YOU ARE MY FAMILY. GOD BLESS YOU pic.twitter.com/43yc60Yh2u— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) January 15, 2020
We are saddened to learn wrestling legend Rocky Johnson has passed away. We extend our heartfelt condolences at this difficult time to his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/0AFyuu4AR3— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) January 16, 2020