Though Dwayne Johnson purchased his Uncle Tonga a new truck for Christmas, the more touching gift was the story he shared on Instagram. It’s a tale of Johnson’s WWE tryout, his uncle’s illustrious “bad guy” wrestling career, and a pair of lucky purple shorts.
“Known my ‘Uncle Tonga’ since I was 5yrs old,” the actor began. “My grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia helped train him to become a professional wrestler in the 70’s. Throughout Tonga’s illustrious wrestling career he changed his name to ‘King Haku’ and became one the WWE’s most sought after ‘bad guys’ and still known to this day for being one of the toughest and legit most vicious man in wrestling history.”
Johnson then described how he got a call from WWE years later to try out for RAW, but he didn’t have any wrestling equipment nor actual experience fighting in a “real match.”
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He wrote, “I went to Sports Authority and bought some bright ass white volleyball knee pads, called my Uncle and asked if he had ANY trunks I could use for my tryout. He said all I have is a pair of shiny purple trunks (purple was his signature color), I told him I don’t care if the trunks are all the colors of Skittles, I’ll happily wear them. When I picked the trunks up from him I’ll never forget the monster hug he gave me, look me in the eyes and said, ‘I’m so proud of you. Go get ’em nephew!'”
In a collage of photos on Instagram, Johnson shared an image of himself wrestling his first match in front of 15,000 people in Corpus Christi, Texas, while wearing the “lucky purple trunks.”
He continued, “My Uncle Tonga is a family man, humble man and champion. Most importantly one of the greatest human beings I know. So we walk outside and I said ‘Uncle how do you like my truck?’ He said, ‘Whoooaaa nephew it’s beautiful… I love it!’ I said ‘Good ’cause it’s yours.’ He was speechless. Thru tears (manly of course;) we monster hugged ’cause I’ll never forget what he did for me when I had nothing.”
Read Johnson’s entire story in the post below.
Earlier, Johnson wished his fans a Merry Christmas with a video of him singing “The Christmas Song” to his newborn daughter Jasmine.