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The Rock Says Hardcover – 28 Jan 2000

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  • Hardcover: 303 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition Ninth Printing edition (28 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060392983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060392987
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.8 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hot on the bleeding heels of Mankind's Have a Nice Day!, here's another memoir edited by the same prose coach, the clever Jeremie Ruby-Strauss (and co-authored by Joe Layden). Dwayne Johnson, aka the Rock, gives you plenty of colourful, jumbled action photos and the growling accounts of staged mayhem that made Mankind a bestseller. But actually, his story is more interesting than that of Mankind, his occasional ring rival. The noisy action chapters alternate with passages of more reflective conventional autobiography. The Rock is a third-generation pro wrestler and his book amounts to a history of the sport. His grandpa, High Chief Peter Maivia, was a Samoan important enough to be buried in Diamond Head's crater, and his dad, Rocky Johnson, was George Foreman's sparring partner and the first black American World Wrestling Federation Intercontinental champ. The Rock is candid about the battles his family faced outside the ring: the marriage-testing road lifestyle, his dad's most important win (over the bottle) and the author's own dangerous temper. There's something touching about the Rock's unpromising debut in his Uncle Tonga's old trunks, in his reverence for his elders--and something scary about his reaction when he thinks people lack such respect.

What, you say? You'd rather hear about the Rock's "schmozz" (free-for-all) with Mankind, or Faarooq and the interracial Nation of Domination, or that Budweiser-popping piece of trailer trash Stone Cold Steve Austin, or the Undertaker, whose skin is "the colour of bad meat"? You want to hear how he started out sleeping on a pungent mattress retrieved from a garbage dump and wound up wearing Versace shirts and chatting up Gennifer Flowers on TV at Wrestle Mania XIV? You crave the secrets of the Frankenstein, the Gorilla Position and Jake the Snake? That's all here too. Just hop in the ring--The Rock will show you around. --Tim Appelo

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In this action-packed, revealing and outrageously funny memoir of 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 pro football was not for him and he set his sights on following the path of his father and grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia, and become the world's first third-generation professional wrestler.

Performing first as Dwayne Johnson, then Flex Kavana and later Rocky Maivia, he quickly became one 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 as the People's Champion.

The Rock takes the reader on a guided tour behind-the scenes of big-time professional wrestling, a world which has long been shrouded in secrecy. He provides a breathtaking first-hand account of WrestleMania , the Super Bowl of pro wrestling.

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

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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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3 of 3 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 KAT on 16 Jun 2006
Format: Hardcover
In my opinion Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnston is one of the greatest wrestlers to ever step foot in a wrestling ring, and even though my wrestling obsession is now firmly a thing of the past, The Rock will always have a special place in my affections.

The Rock is a third Generation WWF Superstar, one of very few, following on the heels of his father Rocky Johnson and his grandfather the High Chief Peter Maivia. In this book, you really get a feel for the person behind the character, and by the time you've finished the last page you really feel as if you know him. Even though he was one of the WWE's most popular and talented Wrestlers perhaps of all time, he certainly hasn't let fame go to his head even now, as a fully fledged movie star, he's still the same humble being who really knows his roots and never forgets his fans. His story charts not only his metaphoric rise to the top of the Wrestling ladder, but also his childhood, growing up as the son of a wrestling superstar, and how he made it to the top himself. Do not be fooled, his father may have been a TV star but The Rock climbed to the top the hard way, living off of beans for weeks on end and sleeping on soiled mattresses.

Dwayne comes across as a very normal, loyal family man, devoted to his wife and daughter (although at the time of book little Simone wasn't born) worshipping his mother and respectuful and in awe of his father. His story is often funny, sometimes sad (He tells the story of Owen Harts demise and the death of his grandad) but it is certainly entertaining...although what do you expect from the one of the most popular men in Sports Entertainment! Can you smellllllll what the Rock is cooking!?
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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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