Dwayne Johnson rewards family friend
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson bought his 'uncle' a new truck for Christmas.
The generous wrestler-turned-actor wanted to show his appreciation for his honorary family member, who helped him launch his career, as he will "never forget" what he did when he was starting out.
He wrote on Instagram: "My Uncle Tonga is a family man, humble man and champion. Most importantly one of the greatest human beings I know.
"So we walk outside and I said 'Uncle how do you like my truck?' He said, 'Whoooaaa nephew it's beautiful... I love it!' I said 'Good 'cause it's yours.'
"He was speechless. Thru tears (manly of course;) we monster hugged 'cause I'll never forget what he did for me when I had nothing. Merry Christmas Uncle and ofa atu. #LuckyPurpleTrunks."
The 43-year-old actor recalled how WWE boss Vince McMahon had called him for a try out but he didn't know what to do, so turned to Tonga for help.
He continued: "I thought holy s**t that's awesome, buuuut there's a few problems: For me, I wasn't just having 'a tryout match', because I had never actually HAD a real match in my life. Ever. WWE thought that I already had multiple matches under my belt, but little did they know.
"What they also didn't know was that I was broke as hell and didn't actually own wrestling gear--no boots, knee pads or most importantly...wrestling trunks."
The 'San Andreas' star called Tonga and asked for a pair of spare trunks.
He added: "When I picked the trunks up from him I'll never forget the monster hug he gave me, look me in the eyes and said, 'I'm so proud of you. Go get 'em nephew!'
"Here's the picture of me wrestling my FIRST MATCH EVER in Corpus Christi, TX in front of 15,000 people--proudly in my lucky purple trunks. And the rest... was history.(sic)"