‘The Rock’ becomes a member of WWE’s board of directors, owning a trademark for the nickname

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While Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made a big splash with a shock return to Raw on January 1, teasing a match with undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, he was part of an equally surprising piece of news this morning Tuesday. TKO Group Holdings, the publicly traded media conglomerate created by Endeavor to combine UFC and WWE, announced in a statement that Johnson has been named to TKO’s board of directors.

In addition to being appointed to his new seat, it was also announced that the actor acquired full ownership of the trademark for “The Rock”.

“My grandfather, Chief Peter Maivia, and my father, Rocky ‘Soulman’ Johnson, never thought this day would come,” Johnson said in a statement. “That’s why I very humbled to have a seat at the table that has decades of history and family legacy for me. A record my family helped build. Being on the TKO Board of Directors, and taking full ownership of my family. name, ‘The Rock’, is not only unique, but very exciting as my crazy life comes full circle.

“At my heart, I am a builder who builds and serves the people, and [TKO CEO Ariel Emanuel] building something that is truly game changing. I am extremely excited to help grow our TKO, WWE, and UFC businesses worldwide as global leaders in sports and entertainment — while I proud to represent so many amazing athletes and actors who show up every day putting in the hard work with their own two hands to make their dreams come true and deliver to our audience. I’ve been there, I’m still there and this is for them.”

The exact terms of Johnson’s contract have not been disclosed, although Johnson will provide promotional, licensing and other services for TKO.

Johnson returned to WWE at “Day One Raw” on the first day of 2024, against Jinder Mahal. While a one-off appearance would have been enough to make waves, it was Johnson’s final words in the appearance that got people talking, with Johnson asking the crowd if he should ” sit at the head of the table. ” That was referring to Reigns, Johnson’s cousin, and was thought to be the first step in setting up a big match for WrestleMania 40.

“Few people on the planet understand the convergence of sports, entertainment, media and business like ‘Rock,'” TKO executive chairman Vince McMahon said in a statement. “We are proud to bring him onto the TKO board to take our company to new heights.”

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