Throughout the past few decades, Dwayne Johnson has gone by many different names. Mainly throughout his wrestling days, both ring-names and nicknames almost seemed to change weekly. His first nickname was The Blue Chipper, but his first ring name was Rocky Maivia, a combination of his father’s and grandfather’s names when they wrestled. Soon he dropped Maivia and went by just Rocky, then The Rock as his in ring names, hut the nicknames kept coming.
The People’s Champ, The Great One, The People’s Chump, and, The Brahma Bull. That last name came from his famous tattoo on his right bicep. But now, Johnson has recently made the decision to alter the famous Brahma Bull.
WWE fans will notice that Brahma Bill is basically gone. Looking closely, it seems that part of the bull is still there, but it is either in a state of destruction or about to be destroyed, according to Bleacher Report. Dwayne Johnson debuted his new ink to the world on Friday through Instagram. In the post he stated that the new tattoo, which takes up a major part of his bicep and right shoulder, down to every detail, reflects his own history. He says that the damage and cracks in the bone shows the had lessons he has learned. He calls his tattoos earned, and he is grateful to have them, just like his scars and wrinkles.
According to the People’s Champion, it took three sessions and 22 hours to complete the new tattoo. And tattoos and professional wrestling seem to go together, hand in hand. While all wrestlers are not tattooed, many do sport ink. Dwayne Johnson’s main rival during the late 90s early 2000s, Stone Cold Steve Austin, billed as being from Victoria, Texas, has a couple tattoos including one of the great state of Texas combined with a long-horn. Wrestler turned MMA fighter, turned WWE Champion, Brock Lesnar has quite a few tattoos, CM Punk is also a wrestler and MMA fighter covered in ink, and wrestler-turned Guardian of the Galaxy actor Dave Bautista is covered in tattoos. However, while many wrestlers from pacific islands have tribal inspired tattoos, probably the most famous tattoo on a wrestler belongs to the late Bam Bam Bigelow. Bigelow had a shaved head with flames tattooed where his hair once grew.
Of current wrestlers, the real life daughter of Ric Flair, Charlotte, may have the most tattoos that mean something. On her hip, Flair has two hearts, symbolizing the friendship she had with her best friend, who got the same tattoo. On her left rib cage she has a bible verse that she got while going through a divorce. She has two other tattoos that are in memory of her brother, Reid Fliehr. Reid died in 2013 of a heroin overdose, and she, along with members of her family and close friends of her brother, had a tattoo of a cross, similar to one Reid had, tattooed on their ribcage. Charlotte also has the words, “a little patience” on her wrist. Guns-n-Roses was a favorite band of Reid’s and he and his sister would sing their song Patience, so it was done in memory to Reid and as a reminder to be patient.
There is no word if Dwayne Johnson has plans for more ink in the near future. It is hard to believe that the hardest working man in show business could spare 22 hours to get a tat, but fans can be assured, if he gets more ink, there will be a reason behind it. And while the famous tattoo may be gone, the Brahma Bull is still alive and kicking in the hearts of fans around the world.
By Cletus Dillwood
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