The Rock’s daughter hits out at fans ‘bashing her’ over WWE name change

The daughter of world wrestling champ, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has caused a social media storm over her professional WWE name ahead of her debut.

Simone Johnson changed her name to Ava Raine on Twitter over the weekend.

But fans were quick to berate the 20-year-old for not chosing a name similar to her 10-time WWE world champion father, The Rock.

“Giving Simone Johnson, the daughter of THE ROCK, a new name is completely nonsensical,” a critic tweeted. "Will hold (judgment) until she debuts, but if WWE doesn’t acknowledge her dad is The Rock that’s ridiculous."

But she hit back by writing: "I probably sound like a broken record & hopefully this is the last I’ll mention this but I don’t understand why people being portrayed as separate individuals from their family name is such a heated topic.

"A name doesn’t discredit any prior accomplishments from any family."

She added: "I could build my entire career around my father & people would still bash me anyway."

Standing up in her defence, one said: "People are totally forgetting that The Rock didn't even start as THE ROCK He didn't even start as Rocky Maivia… he started as FLEX KAVANA for the same reason he wanted to pave his own way and make a name for himself. There is nothing wrong with individuality people."

Another said: "Why should she have to choose a name similar to her dad's or anyone else's? She is her own person and doesn't need anyone's fame to validate her career choice."

One added: "A Rock can crush a single opponent, But the Raine can drown them all…"

Ava Raine signed her WWE contract in 2020 and is the fourth generation in her family to compete in the sport.

She follows in the footsteps of her grandfather, 'Soulman' Rocky Johnson and her great-grandfather 'High Chief' Peter Maivia.

She has yet to make her wrestling debut after a knee injury delayed her entrance into the ring but fans are speculating that announcing her new name suggests it might be soon.

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