He received additional training from Tom Prichard, alongside Achim Albrecht and Mark Henry.
Maivia successfully defended the title at In Your House 13: Final Four against Hunter Hearst Helmsley and at Wrestle Mania 13 against The Sultan.
Like his father and grandfather, several of Johnson's other (non-blood) relatives are or were professional wrestlers, including his uncles, Afa and Sika Anoaʻi (The Wild Samoans) and his cousins, Rodney (Yokozuna), Solofa (Rikishi), Matt (Rosey) and Eddie (Umaga).
and winning the USWA World Tag Team Championship twice with Bart Sawyer in the summer of 1996, Johnson signed a WWF contract.
The Rock's entertaining promos and ensuing popularity led to a face turn, in which he called himself "The People's Champion". Mc Mahon, who said he had "a problem with the people" and would thus target "The People's Champion".