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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Willow; New edition edition (20 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007107374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007107377
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 443,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The autobiography of the youngest and coolest World Wrestling Federation champion in history and the most electrifying man in sports-entertainment.'

In this action-packed, revealing and outrageously funny memoir, the WWF superstar The Rock recounts his life in and out of the ring with honesty and inimitable style. From his boyhood days travelling around the world with his father (professional wrestler Rocky Johnson) to his years as a football player at the University of Miami to his meteoric rise through the ranks of the Federation, 'The Rock Says…' chronicles the life story of one of sports-entertainment's most innovative and best-loved personalities.

After an injury-plagued football career at Miami and a subsequent unsuccessful foray into Canada where he lived in squalor, he decided that pro football was not for him. He set his sights on following the path of his father and grandfather and become the world's first third-generation pro-wrestler.

Performing first as Dwayne Johnson, then Flex Kavana and later Rocky Maivia, he quickly became on of the WWF's hopefuls. But it was only when he adopted the brash persona of The Rock – a spitting, snorting, swearing son-of-a-bitch with the soul of a smart-ass comic and the body of an Adonis – that he found his true calling.

Filled with genuinely touching stories of love and strife, hilarious anecdotes, revealing inside accounts of the workings of the WWF industry, and dozens of previously unpublished photographs, 'The Rock Says…' is sure to blow the minds of all WWF fans.

About the Author

The Rock is a a third-generation pro wrestler and a living WWF legend. He is the youngest world champion in WWF history. He lives in Miami with his wife Dany.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stu (PSN: Funeral-Bringer) on 14 May 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought this biography in a Charity Shop. I was always a fan of THE ROCK so I took the plunge and bought his biography and it was good but could have been a lot better then it was.

I found a few niggles with the book. The main one was one minute it would be written in first person (so he would write I) then he would write in third person and refer himself as THE ROCK (so it was written like then THE ROCK would .....). Plus it was all very breif and left me wanting a bit of depth.

I found myself enjoying the book more when he refered to himself in the first person of when he became a NFL football player and started talking about his family and his youth but as it went on into his wrestling career that was where he refered himself as the third person like he was writing the book in the character of THE ROCK which I didn't enjoy as much, which I was surprised at.

The biography itself was enjoyable but wasn't as enjoyable I expected so I felt a bit let down by the end. It wasn't a patch on other WWF/E biography's I had read (Mick Foley's just to name one).

On the plus side It doe's go into some detail of his life and his family and he doe's go into depth about his school life and him getting bullied because of his size or because of who his father was. He also goe's into detail about his marrage and the meeting of his wife and goe's into detail of when he was playing for the NFL and him having to sleep on used soiled mattraces.

So all in all it was an enjoyable book but not as good as other WWF/E biographies I have read. It was well worth the £1.50 I payed for it in a charity shop but I wouldn't pay £6.99 for it. The book just leaves you wanting slightly.

So if you see it in a charity shop buy it but don't go and pay full price for it as you may be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By on 28 Dec. 2000
Format: Hardcover
I got this book the day it came out and i thought it was excellent. The Rock gives you an insight into what the WWF is all about. How he rose to fame from a college football player to the most popular wrestler in the business today. He tells of his sadness of his family to the happyness to his beautiful wife Dana. If you are a true wrestling fan; The Rocks fan then this book is a definate must have. You won't be able to put it down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Feb. 2000
Format: Hardcover
Hot on the heels of Mick Foley's excellent "Have a Nice Day", Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) sits down to tell us the tale of how he rose to take up one of the top positions in the industry. Unfortunately, while he may be an electrifying main event wrestler, the book is worthy only of a job curtain jerking.
Its main problem is that there simply isn't enough of it. There is a lot of detail missing or skipped over, a lot of questions unanswered. Large sections of time representing significant sections of The Rock's WWF career are glossed over in short order (short order cooking !), without really giving away the sort of detail which made Mick's book so compelling. For example, the era of "Rocky Sucks" and "Die Rock Die" is addressed only briefly before Dwayne says he decided to change the character. What I wanted to know was how that decision was agreed and reached by the WWF ? How did Vince react to this new signing being so unpopular ? You know there was a lot more going on in Titan Towers than he reveals.
My other main criticism would be the constant switching between referring to himself in the 1st and 3rd person. The sections written "as The Rock" sound so false, and are the worst for avoiding detail. Sorry Dwayne, but I found them simply annoying.
What is even more frustrating is that when the book is good it is excellent. The section about the backstage planning between Rock and Stone Cold at Wrestlemania shows how good this could have been. Pity its the exception rather than the rule.
In conclusion, this is nowhere near as good as Foley's book. Even being Rock fan, I cannot be caught in the hype and say this is a good book.
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Dwayne Johnson. Also known as “The Rock”. At present, he’s one of Hollywood’s hardest working film stars, with multiple credits to his name every year.

If this is all you know The Rock for, this isn’t going to be the book for you. It doesn’t touch on his acting career at all, being written before that ever got started. It’s the story of his life up until late June 1999, when he was not an actor in the traditional sense, but a star of the world of sports-entertainment. A star of professional wrestling.

The Rock is not shy about his short-comings in his younger years. Growing up as the son, and indeed the grandson, of a professional wrestler, he was picked on as a child and frequently got into fights. Having a short fuse, he was often causing trouble as well.

The Rock follows his life from school, to college in Miami and his attempts to become a professional American Football player. He says a lot about his family and about Dany, the woman he met at college who was to become his wife. Strangely, though, he says little about his early days as a wrestler, when things weren’t going so well, skipping straight onto when he was in the WWE and his rapid rise to stardom there.

The Rock had a tough act to follow here. At the time of publication, the only other current WWE star to have had their biography published was Mankind. His “Have a Nice Day” was one of the better biographies I’ve ever read, filled with warmth and anecdotes of his life inside and outside the ring. It was also a much bigger book than The Rock’s, reflecting the vast difference in age and experience between them.

The Rock’s biography makes an interesting contrast to Mankind’s, in that the focus is in a completely different place.
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