The official WWE website recently interviewed NXT star Dakota Kai in which she was asked about her similarities to The Rock, given she is half-Samoan. Below are the highlights including The Rock's response:
WWE.COM: Speaking of leaving home, what was your upbringing like?
KAI: I grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, within a very active household. My dad put a strong emphasis on sport for my brother, sister and me. We did athletics and cross country from the moment we could walk and would sign up for most sports at school. I am lucky to have a close family bond and a lot of cool memories from my childhood. My brother was the one who actually got me into WWE. He watched it all the time, and I started to watch with him. I was hooked on The Rock and his ability to captivate an audience. From there, one of my friends I used to do athletics with told me about a local company that needed more girls. That was in 2007, and I haven't looked back since.
WWE.COM: One similarity you share with The Rock is that you are actually half-Samoan. Did you ever feel any pressure considering the rich lineage of Samoan superstars who have competed in WWE?
KAI: I never felt any pressure about that. I've simply always embraced being ‘afakasi. Mum would make sure us kids would grow up with a strong sense of who we are and where we came from. I've visited Samoa twice and visited my mum’s home village of Lepea. She would always make traditional Samoan dishes for us, and we would have family get togethers somewhat regularly. Family is priority within the Samoan community, which means the support system I get from them is amazing.
The Rock responded with the following:
Very cool and flattering @DakotaKai_WWE. Thank you! Look forward to following your career. Work extremely hard, have FUN in the ring performing for the fans and always stay above bullshit backstage politics 😉🤙🏾👊🏾 https://t.co/OI4PTiW20I— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) 3 June 2018