Dwayne Johnson Joins TKO Group Holdings’ Board Of Directors

Dwayne Johnson has joined the UFC-WWE Board of Directors as part of TKO Group Holdings Inc.

This is Johnson’s major foray into the world of UFC after initially attending their event to present Jorge Masvidal with the BMF Belt following his stoppage win over Nate Diaz at UFC 244. The deal allows him ownership of the name ‘The Rock,’ which he became known for during his WWE career. 

He has also spoken previously about entering into MMA. Johnson instead remained a WWE superstar. It was a major success as wins at Royal Rumble in 2000 and becoming the WWE’s sixth Triple Crown Champion demonstrated that. 

He is now a major Hollywood star set to play Mark Kerr, the ex-UFC and PRIDE fighter, in the movie ‘The Smashing Machine.’ Johnson will portray Kerr’s personal life that made him a two-time UFC Heavyweight Tournament Champion and the darker side of his life around his substance abuse issues. But the latest venture will show Johnson in a new light. 

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“Very few people on the planet understand the convergence of sports, entertainment, media, and business like ‘The Rock’. We are proud to have him join the TKO board to help take our company to new heights,” Vince McMahon said

“My grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia, and my dad, Rocky ‘Soulman’ Johnson, would’ve never thought this day would come. Which is why I’m very humbled to have a seat at the table that has decades of history and family legacy for me, a table that my family helped to build.

“Being on the TKO board of directors, and taking full ownership of my name, ‘The Rock,’ is not only unprecedented, but incredibly inspiring as my crazy life is coming full circle. At my core, I’m a builder who builds for and serves the people, and Ari (Emmanuel) is building something truly game changing.

“I’m very motivated to help continue to globally expand our TKO, WWE, and UFC businesses as the worldwide leaders in sports and entertainment — while proudly representing so many phenomenal athletes and performers who show up every day putting in the hard work with their own two hands to make their dreams come true and deliver for our audiences. I’ve been there, I’m still there, and this is for them,” Johnson stated

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