‘The Most Electrifying Man in all of Sport and Entertainment‘ knows a good thing when he smells it cooking. That’s why the Rock decided to invest in a young man who sees a bright future in, UFC fighter Themba Gorimbo. The former WWE Champion purchased a home for the native of Zimbabwe when hearing about the young athlete’s pursuit of his dreams.
Gorimbo’s story has been horrifying at times. He lost his parents at a young age and nearly lost his own life while illegally mining for diamonds in Zimbabwe. Eventually, the 32-year-old chased his dreams all the way to America. He has been living in Miami, where he was sleeping on a couch in the gym where he trained.
That all changed when The Great One went one-on-one with the upstart’s situation. Moved by Gorimbo’s fight for his dream, The Rock stepped in. And it was because the two have a lot in common: Seven bucks.
The Rock has famously stated over the years that he only had seven dollars in his pocket when he embarked on his professional wrestling career in the mid-1990s. He gambled the crumbs in his pocket on a chance for stardom. Within a few years, he had climbed to the top of the rankings in the ring and transitioned into being a champion of the silver screen. He took on Madison Square Garden and Hollywood at the same time… and ended up raising his hand (and eyebrow) in triumph.
That’s why the star of major blockbusters reached out to the hungry hopeful. When Gorimbo mentioned in a recent interview that he ALSO only had seven bucks in his pocket? The Rock does what he does, and decided to make a huge difference in the young man’s life. Once he found out that Gorimbo was living in the gym where he also trained, the onscreen idol did what he thought a hero should do: He bought the kid a house.
Accommodations provided by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson would obviously spare no expense. So, he made sure his new protege had all the right tools available to put him on a path to success. And with a ringing endorsement from such a big-name celebrity, Gorimbo has a much better leg up than he did before.
Showing the fighter around his new spread, The Rock cooly told him, “Check this out… you’re on the water, baby!”