|Real Name:||Feagaimaleata Fitisemanu Maivia|
|Birthday:||October 25, 1948|
|Net Worth:||$1 Million|
|Occupation:||Mother of Dwayne ''The Rock'' Johnson|
Ata Johnson is the mother of one of the most popular actors in the world, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Coming from the famous Anoaʻi wrestling family, which has produced popular wrestlers, she is credited for Dwayne Johnson’s success. Also, The Rock’s mother is a force of nature on her own.
Career Ups and Downs
Ata Johnson was born on October 25, 1948. She comes from a family of wrestlers, a well-known Anoa’I wrestling family. Her father was Peter Maivia, a Samoan professional wrestler, and her mother was Ofelia “Lia” Maivia, who was a famous woman promoter of professional wrestling. She is mostly known as The Rock’s Mom.
Since her childhood, Ata was dreaming of becoming a fashion designer, and she always presented exciting outfits. She was also interested in modeling and singing, but she didn’t pursue any of these careers. Despite her lifelong dreams, according to “Celeb Solino”, she was always focused on promoting her family’s wrestling careers.
Ata Johnson made her television debut in 1996 when she appeared in one of the episodes of ‘WWE Raw’ (1993). In 2000, she attended ‘WrestleMania 2000’ at ‘Honda Center’ in California. After that, she made a guest appearance in the popular television show ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ in 2002.
In 2004, she spoke about her son in a TV documentary series titled ‘Biography.’ In 2009, she appeared in one episode in the television series ‘Tagata Pacifika.’ She also appeared in several ‘WWE’ shows, such as ‘Survivor Series,’ ‘WrestleMania XXVIII,’ ‘WrestleMania XXX,’ and ‘WWE SmackDown Live.’
In 2016, she lent her voice to a documentary film titled ‘The Last Matai.’ One year later, she appeared in ‘WWE: Mae Young Classic Women Tournament.’
There is no specific information about what’s precisely her profession, except the TV appearances. She didn’t make a huge success on her own, but she was excellent support for her loved ones and became famous because of it.
Earnings and Net Worth
Ata Johnson education is unknown. The only thing we know is that she was practically left without money when “The Rock” was 15 or 16. She was once evicted from an apartment in Hawaii because she couldn’t afford the $180 a week rent. So it is assumed that she didn’t have a great career.
Ata never really made a career for herself but is definitely going strong. According to “All Star Bio”, her fortune estimates to around $1 million. It can be more than a million as she is the mother of Dwayne Johnson whose fortune estimates to $220 million. He also bought a house for Christmas for his mother in 2018 and published it on his Instagram profile, so it seems like she lacks nothing.
Ata Fitisemanu was the daughter of Ofelia “Lia” Maivia, who was one of the first-ever women promoters in professional wrestling. She is Ofelia Maivia’s daughter from her first marriage and was later adopted by Peter Maivia, when he married Ofelia Maivia. From that day forward, she became known as Ata Fitisemanu Maivia.
Her father, Peter Maivia, was trained by Steve Rickard and debuted in 1962. In his legacy, he has won 18 heavyweight championships across the world, such as Rikishi, Umaga, Yokozuna, and Roman Reigns. He was also a stunt coordinator and an actor in James Bond: You Only Live Once and a base for character Maui in the 2016 Disney animated film, Moana. He died of cancer, on June 12, 1982.
Ata’s mother, Ofelia ‘Lia’ Maivia was one of the first-ever women promoters in professional wrestling. She took over the Polynesian Pro Wrestling (PPW), following the death of her husband. She died of a heart attack in 2008.
Talking about her parents, Ata said: “My father was so protective of the business that for the first few years he even protected it from my mom and I. Hence during a match in London, England during the early sixties, my mom jumped in the ring, her stiletto heel in hand, to beat the pulp out of the guy that was beating my dad. And my dad was selling it so fantastic, that she was convinced he was done for. The fact that it made headlines the next morning, plus the injuries sustained by dad’s unsuspecting opponent, led to a very serious discussion between Dale Martin Promotions and my dad to smarten the family up!”
Ata Johnson had two brothers, Peter Jr. Maivia, also a wrestler in Hawaii and the west coast, and Toa Maivia, who was not into wrestling.
Johnson met Rocky “Soul Man” Johnson when Peter Maivia and Johnson were tag team partners. She married the Canadian professional wrestler, although her father disapproved of their relationship. They got married against the will of her father. He didn’t disapprove of their relationship because he has something against Rocky Johnson. He was simply worried because he knew all the responsibilities wrestlers have. Her father knew what kind of responsibilities will Rocky have, and he was aware of his absence from home. But that was not the case here. Rocky and Ata Johnson traveled everywhere together. They married in an intimate ceremony attended by only the family and friends.
Their only child, The Rock, was born in 1972, and it was later revealed that Johnson was still married to his first wife, Una, when The Rock was born. When Johnson finally divorced Una in 1978, he married Ata four days later. The love birds were married for 31 years and got divorced in 2003. The reason for their separation was a busy schedule of Rocky.
She has always been a great wife and a mother. The traveling life left a big scar on her life. She was oriented towards the preservation of her family but wasn’t able to do that due to the unpredictable life of a wrestler. The culmination of disagreements she had with her husband happened after her son started creating his own family.
In one of his interviews about his family, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson told the story which has changed his way of thinking and understanding of the world around him. Dwayne said that his parents had a quarrel in front of him and then they continued to fight inside their car. Suddenly, his mother got out of the car and started walking in the middle of the busiest roads wanting to commit suicide. Dwayne pushed her on the side of the road and that thought him about the cost of human life. That changed him. It turned his attitude upside down and he started a person who will never stop evolving into an even better man, and who will always take care of his family. By family, he means his mother Ata, his father Johnson, and his wife and children.
Ata is very proud of her son Dwayne. She is credited for Dwayne’s success, and he often thanked his mother for being an inspiration. Not only does Dwayne consider Ata to be an inspiration in his life, but also to his three beautiful daughters. According to “People” magazine, Tiana Gia, who is 18 months old, Jasmine Lia, who is 3 1/2, and Simone Alexandra, who is 18 years old, have looked up to Ata from the time they were born. They can’t imagine life without her.
Simone Johnson is the eldest daughter of The Rock, from his first marriage to Dany Garcia. Ata Johnson said that she thinks her granddaughter is “intelligent, funny, talented, quick on the draw, and she’s focused,” and she would be most proud of her granddaughter to become a professional wrestler. If Simone Johnson were, indeed, to become a professional wrestler, she would be the fourth generation in her family to do so.
According to some sources, Ata is single now. The beautiful lady is secretive when it comes to her love life, and she doesn’t talk publicly about it. On a lot of occasions, Dwayne expressed gratitude toward his mother and said that she means a world to him. The son and the mother are close, and they had a special bond.
Currently, she is living in the United States and enjoying her grandchildren.