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There’s the new generation. There are a lot of ways for a wrestler to get into the industry, but one of the things that can offer some instant credibility is being a second generation star. A wrestler with family in the business feels like a bigger deal because they have a connection to the sport and have probably learned more than the average newcomer. That was the case again this weekend, as the daughter of an all time legend took her first step into a much larger world.

Dwayne Johnson’s daughter Simone, under the name of Ava Raine, cut her first promo at an NXT live event in Orlando, Florida over the weekend. Raine called herself the Final Girl and talked down about the rest of the NXT women’s division, including Cora Jade. There is currently no word on when Raine will either have her first match or make her television debut.

Tonight was reportedly Simone Johnson's first promo in front of fans #WWENXT #nxtorlando @AvaRaineWWE

— Jay Reddick (@runninjay) July 10, 2022

Oh SNAP it is @AvaRaineWWE at #WWENXT #NXTOrlando and she talking smack on @CoraJadeWWE and the rest of the new generation of NXT women’s division

— rich schellhase (@richschellhase) July 10, 2022

Opinion: It’s not a long winded promo or some epic speech, but what matters is getting Raine in front of people and letting her do something. That is the first step in a career as all of the practice in the world doesn’t mean anything if you aren’t in front of a live audience. Maybe Johnson has quite the career of her ow, but at least she got a start here and that is cool to see.

What do you think of Raine so far? Who is the best wrestling family? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.

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