“Got Me Choked Up”- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Gets Emotional Reacting to a Sweet Gesture From a Fan

Published 03/08/2021, 1:31 PM EST

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was recently named for the Trailblazer Award at the Fourth Annual Hollywood Critics Association Friday. The award is given to those who positively impact their community through initiatives of their own. 

Time and again, Johnson has displayed his empathetic side and shown that he cares a lot for his community.

In a recent post on Instagram, ‘The Brahma Bull’ thanked the Hollywood Critics Association for creating a touching montage that encapsulated all the good deeds he had accomplished the past year. 


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Among the notable moments was his initiative to meet Make-A-Wish Foundation children and give away dozens of Under Armour sneakers off the first ones that arrived. 

He also made their wishes come true by hanging out with them wearing iconic movie character attire from Hobbs & Shaw and Jumanji. The children were undoubtedly grateful for this and they got to walk away knowing they met their hero. 

A couple of months ago, Dwayne Johnson gifted his close friend, known to WWE fans as Harvey Wippleman, a new truck as a symbol of thanks for what he had done for him when he was a young man. 

Wippleman had helped him by driving him around to training and other places and even bought him his first car. Johnson repaid him in the best way by buying him the truck, a gesture that brought tears to his eyes. 

Looking at it, there’s no one who would rather have the award than Dwayne Johnson himself. While he is an established actor and a legendary WWE Superstar, his work as a human being inspires the most appreciation.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson thanked his father in an emotional speech


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In his acceptance speech, Johnson thanked his late father Rocky Johnson for being the Trailblazer in his life. 

“That guy was a trailblazer. As complicated as our relationship was, our father-son relationship, complicated, tough love, tough love, but he was a real trailblazer because what trailblazers do is they change people’s behavior, and he did everything he could to send people home happy,” said the former WWE Champion.


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Rocky Johnson is a WWE Hall of Famer and was the role model of his son to join wrestling. Following his father’s footsteps, The Rock went onto be one of the biggest names in WWE history and revolutionized the industry. 

He is forever grateful to his father and carries on his name with pride as he makes leaps and bounds through life, helping whoever he can on the way. 


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Luke Dias


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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.
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