'Young Rock' Episode 7: Was Lia Maivia deported? She returns to US as Dwayne goes on an 'epic adventure'
'My grandmother, Lia Maivia was pro wrestling’s first women’s promoter. She HAD TO BE tough as nails in a male-dominated, shark-infested world of wrestling,' Dwayne had once said
Spoilers for 'Young Rock' Season 1
The sitcom 'Young Rock' has garnered quite a good fan base since its premiere. It delves into the life of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson as fans are taken back to the star's days as a young body. The storyline of the sitcom sees Dwayne (who plays himself) running for president in 2032. During his campaign, he sits down for deep interviews (with a sprinkle of humor) with Randall Park.
Through this, we're shown flashbacks of Hawaii and Miami, as different actors play the star during his younger days. It's a refreshing show, to say the least, considering Dwayne has always been vocal about his life, to his fans, speaking about his family and the struggles he grew up with. This sitcom gives fans a temporary lens into the past.
While Episode 6 'My Day With Andre', saw the family in Hawaii in 1982, the next episode takes up to Miami, 1991. Read on to learn more about the episode.
Was Lia Maivia deported?
The official synopsis of reads, "Miami, 1991: When Dwayne gets an on-campus job at the University of Miami, he goes on an epic adventure with his new work partner, Hopkins. Meanwhile, Lia returns to the United States after being deported to Samoa, where she was homeless. Rocky and Ata notice that something has changed."
While this may seem like an exciting episode, fans may not remember that Dwayne had spoken about his grandmothers' struggles and triumphs before.
Back on September 20, 2020, 'The Rock' had taken to Instagram to introduce actress Ana Tuisila, who plays his grandmother Lia Maivia. Calling the role a "special" one and "HIGHLY entertaining," the star shared a "cool backstory" with his fans. The post that saw both the actress and his grandmother side by side read, "My grandmother, Lia Maivia was pro wrestling’s first women’s promoter. She HAD TO BE tough as nails in a male-dominated, shark-infested world of wrestling. She set the bar for tough business practices and also set the bar for how loving a sweet grandma could be to her only grandson — me."
He added, "She was also charged by the feds for extortion, eventually deported, became homeless and lost everything in the early 90’s. Crazy life. I was blessed enough to help change that hard time scenario around and get her back on her feet. Her journey was unreal and can’t wait for you guys to watch!"
The actor had made it clear that it was, in fact, true that his grandmother was deported, and even shelled out the reason. This episode is a good one, if you've enjoyed the Miami episodes so far, this might be the best of the bunch yet.
'Johnson & Hopkins' will air on Tuesday, April 6, at 8 pm EST on NBC.