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WWE legend Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson admits ‘wrestling saved my family’

WWE legend and action movie star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has admitted his time in the ring for WWE "saved my family".

The Fast and Furious star spoke candidly about his time under the flagship wrestling brand and says it helped save the relationship with his daughter, Simone Johnson.

The eight-time WWE Champion admitted the wrestling industry had played a major part in helping his family during a recent interview, claiming it has brought them "closer together".

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Simone's in-ring activities under the moniker Ava Raine on the NXT brand appear to have helped the father and daughter relationship, with The Rock crediting wrestling as his "family's saviour".

Speaking openly on The Pivot Podcast, the Royal Rumble winner said: "When I had Simone, I was flying by the seat of my pants. I was wrestling full-time, I started transitioning into movies full-time.

"I had so much s*** going on so I like to say me and Simone grew up together. So we had a relationship where I was always gone but we tried to keep it together.

"Now, years later, as she becomes a pro wrestler, it’s actually brought us closer together. So in a way, it’s helped save that relationship too so, in many ways, pro wrestling has been my family’s saviour."

The Hollywood alumni and Tooth Fairy star also credited his daughter's work in wrestling as keeping the lineage of Johnson's family alive.

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He added: "I have the privilege and honour of watching my daughter Simone (Johnson) and I had her when I was young in my 20s and you know, as dudes, we’re still trying to find ourselves in our 20s, in our 30s.

"If we’re lucky, we reach our fourth level and we find ourselves a little bit (he laughed). We get a little bit more wiser."

Johnson, the WWE's first-ever third-generation wrestling star had been tied to the WWE for some time, with his father and grandfather both stepping in to the squared circle.

Simone's first foot in the ring marked a fourth-generation wrestling prodigy, the first the company has ever seen.

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