- Johnson's father is a 10-time WWE champion, whilst her grandfather and great-grandfather are Hall of Famers.
- "It means the world to me," the 18-year-old told the WWE's official website. "To know that my family has such a personal connection to wrestling is really special to me."
- Dwayne Johnson posted a tribute to his daughter on Instagram shortly after the news broke, saying: "Carry our family name proudly, but your road will always be yours to create, earn and own. So proud."
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In a statement on Monday, the WWE said the 18-year-old had begun training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, in what is her first step to becoming a WWE Superstar.
Her father was a 10-time world champion with the organization, while her grandfather, Rocky Johnson, and great-grandfather, "High Chief" Peter Maivia are WWE Hall of Famers.
"It means the world to me," Johnson told the WWE's official website. "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."
She later tweeted: "For the little girl who fell in love with wrestling and was determined to make this dream a reality this is for you. I'm beyond thankful for this opportunity and ready to get after it. Let's do this."
Proud father Dwayne, 47, posted a tribute to Simone on Instagram shortly after the news broke, alongside a photo of the two embracing.
"Dreams ain't just for dreamers," he said. "Congrats to my No.1 born, Simone Johnson on officially signing her wrestling contract with WWE and on her way to becoming the first ever fourth generation WWE athlete."
"Carry our family name proudly, but your road will always be yours to create, earn, and own. So proud. Live your dream. Let's work."
Dwayne Johnson retired from wrestling in August, 2019, bringing to an end a career that spanned two decades in the ring. He is widely considered one of the sport's biggest ever stars.