Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson posted a touching goodbye to a good friend in Brian Christopher on his social media accounts on Sunday. The two were close during their WWE days and Johnson wanted to share his memory of Christopher with his millions,... and millions of followers.
Christopher recently passed away from a suicide while in jail. Recent personal troubles appeared to have been too much for Christopher to handle and he was found hung, rushed to hospital but died from his injuries. While some wrestlers like Sabu have not been kind to Christopher since his passing, Johnson wanted to share positive memories of his time with the former wrestler better known as Grandmaster Sexay.
*swipe left. RIP brother. Spent all week trying to process the hard loss of my good bud, Brian Christopher Lawler. He became a great friend the day I stepped foot in the small wrestling territory in the south known as the USWA to start my pro wrestling career. We rode together daily (1500 miles per week) trained together at any gym we could find, ate together at any Waffle House off the highway, wrestled together in flea markets to state fairs, shared motel rooms together, and would always dream (and talk shit;) about what life would be like once we made it to the big leagues of the WWE. Once we both finally made it to the big leagues of the WWE, nothing changed... we still did everything together. Including having nightly Madden tournaments after our wrestling matches in our motel room and then we’d extend our competitive spirit to a rowdy game of Wiffle Ball. Imagine us acting like crazy Wiffle Ball idiots at 2am in the parking lot of the Motel 6. Our jaws would hurt from laughing so hard. Then we’d finally take our butts to bed, hit the gym in the morning, drive 200 miles to the next town to wrestle and start the night all over again. I’ll miss these times now even more. Hurts my heart to know how Brian decided to check out. I never knew him to be suicidal, but I guess sometimes the pain just gets to be too much for one to take. I’ll miss you man and the times we had. Thanks for being a great friend. Thanks for being my boy. My love, light, support and strength to Brian’s father, Jerry Lawler and Brian’s mother, Kay as well as Brian’s family and friends. ~ DJ
Johnson spoke of their days trying to make it in the wrestling business. From their USWA days they often rode together (sometimes 1500 miles per week) trained together, ate at roadside Waffle Houses and wrestled anywhere and everywhere. When they were done their matches, they would hang out in hotel rooms playing Madden Tournaments and Wiffle Ball in the parking lots of whatever Motel 6 they were staying at.
The two became close friends and laughed a lot, which is what Johnson says makes it so hard to imagine how Christopher could contemplate suicide and check out the way he did. Johnson said, "I'll miss you and the times we had. Thanks for being a great friend. Thanks for being my boy. My love, light, support, and strength to Brian's father, Jerry Lawler and Brian's mother, Kay as well as Brian's family and friends."
Sometimes you don't know how close to wrestlers might have been until you lose one. The Rock and Brian Christopher were never in a major storyline together on WWE programming and there wasn't much talk of them being close friends behind the scenes. Obviously, there's a lot more to this business than what people see on their television screens.