Dwayne The Rock Johnson has ties to Tom Peterson, Portland wrestling and, of course, Salt & Straw – OregonLive

Not only does Dwayne The Rock Johnson have a new ownership stake in the Portland-based Salt & Straw ice cream chain, it turns out the pro wrestler-turned-TV-and-movie star has even more Northwest connections. On Johnsons Twitter page, hes been busy posting about his new hit movie, Jumanji: The Next Level, Salt & Straws Dwanta Claus Holiday Pack ice cream flavors, and the fact that Johnson has ties to such local icons as Tom Peterson and Portland wrestling.

Responding to another Twitter post, Johnson wrote, I lived in Vancouver, WA when my old man wrestled for Portland based wrestling promoter, Don Owens. I practically lived in the old Portland sports arena when I was a kid. Lots of ties to Oregon & Portland in particular.

As if that wasnt enough, Johnson added, in another Twitter post, Haha and another crazy connection to Portland..my uncle, Siva married Tom Petersons (famous local Portland appliance and electronics store owner) daughter, Kathy. Back in the 80s I believe.

Johnsons posts have drawn plenty of responses, including invitations for Johnson to attend a Portland Timbers match, along with a Twitter poster who wrote, Thats some serious old Portland credibility. The only other way you could top it is having been on the Ramblin Rod show as a kid.

As The Oregonian/OregonLive recently reported, Johnson became an investor in Salt & Straw via the Garcia Companies, an investment firm operated by Johnsons ex-wife, Dany Garcia.

Along with his many other talents, Johnson seems to be a gifted salesman, because according to the Salt & Straw website, the $65 Dwanta Claus Holiday Pack, is, at the moment, sold out.

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-- Kristi Turnquist

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