Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Repaid This Man For Taking Him In As A Kid

Meet Bruno

The man Dwayne was so affectionately greeting was Bruno Lauer, more popularly known by his ring names Harvey Wippleman and Downtown Bruno. His wrestling career started in the ’80s and has lasted for decades.


Bruno has managed many wrestlers, including Sid Justice, Giant Gonzalez, Kamala, and Bertha Faye. In the ’90s, he stepped into the limelight as a WWE referee. Before that happened, though, not even Dwayne Johnson knew the guy. Still, Bruno stepped in to make a major impact on The Rock’s life.