On the heels of her WWE signing announcement, Simone Johnson chatted with Cathy Kelley about her father’s involvement in her training and carrying on her family’s legacy.
Johnson begins the interview describing how it felt when the news of her signing became public.
The 18-year-old Superstar then talks about what influenced her to become a wrestler in the first place and, despite what you’d expect, says it was her grandmother Ata Maivia Johnson who first introduced her to wrestling from different eras.
When asked why now was the right time, Simone replied, “I think that the opportunity just presented itself to me now and it’s something that I know that I’ve always wanted. And thankfully my parents have always been really supportive of it.”
As for her father’s involvement in her training, she says The Rock has been supportive since day one and with her every step of the way. Johnson says she also got to train in the ring with him at the WWE Performance Center.
“He came down to the Performance Center for a day,” she explained. “It was good because he got to see everyone and got to see kinda how our culture is here. Obviously I love spending time with him, but to be able to train with him and do something that I know we both love was great.”
Cathy also asked what the best advice Dwayne Johnson has given her would be.
“He’s told me always just to be authentic to myself and remember the importance of connecting with the audience,” Simone replied.
Watch the full interview below.