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The Rock Says... Hardcover – January 5, 2000
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Hot on the bleeding heels of Mankind's Have a Nice Day! comes another memoir by a bad-guy character World Wrestling Federation fans love to hate, edited by the same prose coach, the clever Jeremie Ruby-Strauss (and coauthored by Joe Layden). Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. the Rock--who calls himself "the People's Champion," affects an arched eyebrow to convey entertaining menace, and coins catch phrases like a standup comic--gives you plenty of colorful, jumbled action photos and the growling accounts of staged mayhem that made Mankind's book a bestseller. But 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 African 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 color 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 WrestleMania XIV? You crave the secrets of the Frankenstein, the Gorilla Position, Jake the Snake, and Mankind's Mandible Claw (a dirty sock he shoves down opponents' throats)? That's all here, too. Just hop in the ring--the Rock will show you around. --Tim Appelo
"The Rock tells his story with humor, honesty, and not a little trash talk." -- --Chicago Tribune --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Don't get me wrong -- this book is *not* a masterpiece, like Foley's book. But it doesn't s#$k. In fact, it's a pretty good read. Dwayne Johnson has not done what Mick has, either in his life or in his book. What he has done is tell his own experience, his own life. And I think it's worth it to read it.
Yes, there is a big section in the middle in which he calls his own matches as The Rock speaking in the third person. But why are you all surprised? Did you think The Rock wouldn't show up?
Johnson refers to The Rock as a separate person throughout the book (as he should) because Dwayne Johnson *is not* The Rock. It's a character he plays, a skin he walks into when he works. I think that it is appropriate to give The Rock his own section because of his importance in Johnson's life. However, I do think it could have been cut in half without hurting a thing.
So here it is: The Rock starts on page 163 (Chapter 11) and Dwayne Johnson takes over again on page 227 (Chapter 14) and pretty much stays in control from there. I stuck with it and was not disappointed.
If you didn't stick, you missed Johnson's really cool rememberance of how he worked with Steve Austin to make the Wrestlemania XV match as good as they could get it and how they celebrated afterward. You missed the tribute to Owen Hart. You also missed what Dwayne Johnson thinks of The Rock as a character and a lot of his thoughts on the role of fans in his work.
Judge this book on its own merits. Johnson and his ghostwriter make a pretty good team, and the book is quite entertaining. If you can't handle as much of The Rock as Johnson dishes, skip that section. No one's twisting your arm to suffer through it, and it's very plain where it ends and where it begins.
He wanted to be somebody and he made it happen. I'm sure it won't go into some prestigious award but it doesn't need to that's not the point. I don't get the bother that the book goes into Rock talk. I mean the title is The Rock Says...so really it's a humorous side where he talks about wrestlers opponents or whatever. Still a good read if you like The Rock and want to read about his early struggles. I think the second autobiography will be a really good read as Dwayne Johnson matured and has stepped into Hollywood.
So if you want to get a peak into his early start then enjoy this book.
To address some of the negative reviews on this book: if you think Dwayne Johnson had his life handed to him on a silver platter you need to get your head checked. And yes, they should have left the parts of the book written in Rock character out.