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Simone Johnson Reveals Her Professional Wrestling Name (& We Love It!)

You can call her Ava Raine!

Yes, Simone Johnson – aka one of the most exciting women to be heading into the world of WWE – now has a professional wrestling name… and we love it!

The 20-year-old, who just so happens to be the daughter of former pro-wrestler and Hollywood legend Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and entrepreneur Dany Garcia, as well as the fourth generation wrestler in her family (impressive, huh?), signed on with the WWE in 2020 but had to undergo knee surgery and is yet to make her debut.

She changed her twitter handle this week sharing her new name with the world which, as we all know, is bound to come with opinion and judgment. While many celebrated her choice of ‘Ava Raine’, a small handful questioned why she didn’t choose a name connected to her dad. And she responded with confidence and clarity:

“I probably sound like a broken record & hopefully this is the last I’ll mention this but I don’t understand why people being portrayed as separate individuals from their family name is such a heated topic. A name doesn’t discredit any prior accomplishments from any family,” she posted on Twitter.

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“I could build my entire career around my father & people would still bash me anyway,” she adds in a separate tweet.

Simone is actually making history as the first fourth-generation wrestler in WWE history. Besides her famous dad, her great grandfather “High Chief” Peter Maivia and grandfather Rocky Johnson were also WWE superstars.

“It means the world to me,” Simone shared in a statement when she signed the WWE contract at just 18 years of age.

“To know that my family has such a personal connection to wrestling is really special to me and I feel grateful to have the opportunity, not only to wrestle, but to carry on that legacy.”

We can’t wait to see Ava Raine in action!

(Feature Image Credit: Kathy Hutchins/Shutterstock)

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