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Rock Says...

Rock Says...

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by The Rock, WWF Staff, Joe Layden
     
 

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The Rock is layin' the smack down! With unapologetic honesty, and inimitable style, The Rock tells his story from his boyhood days traveling around the world with his father (professional wrestler Rocky Johnson) to his years as a football player at the University of Miami and his less than glamorous professional days in Canada, to his meteoric rise through the

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The Rock is layin' the smack down! With unapologetic honesty, and inimitable style, The Rock tells his story from his boyhood days traveling around the world with his father (professional wrestler Rocky Johnson) to his years as a football player at the University of Miami and his less than glamorous professional days in Canada, to his meteoric rise through the ranks of the Federation. The Rock also takes fans on a guided tour of big-time wrestling, and provides a breathtaking, minute-by-minute account of WrestleMania, the Super Bowl of pro wrestling, including an intimate backstage look at rehearsals with his opponent, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and discusses in heartfelt detail the loss of his friend and coworker, Owen Hart.

Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
The Rock tells his story with humor, honesty, and not a little trash talk.
VOYA
Only Hulk Hogan and Steve Austin at the apex of their professional wrestling stardom have reached the same heights as Duane Johnson, a.k.a. the Rock. Following Have a Nice Day (Regan, 1999/VOYA February 2000), the successful biography of Mick Foley, a.k.a. Mankind, this bestseller pursues a much different vein. Johnson's story is charmed compared with Foley's. Born into a wrestling family, Johnson worked briefly in small promotions before getting his huge break right to the top of the World Wrestling Federation. Unlike Foley, Johnson was always the center of attentiona goodlooking star athlete. Johnson tells his story using two distinct voicesthe real person and his wrestling image, "the Rock." In character, Johnson is an egotistical putdown artist who refers to himself in the third person and fills his interviews/promos with catch phrases ("if you smell what the Rock is cooking"), curse words (candy ass), and homemade slang (jaborini). Unlike Foley's much more honest portrayal of the industry, Johnson concentrates on inring activity and has few unkind words to say about anyone. Johnson has written a book that will not draw "heat" from other wrestlers, his promoter, or the fans. Given Rock's popularity, this adultmarketed book will be popular with teens into wrestling. Filled with photos and plenty of Rockattitude in the lengthy promo sections, the many fans who chant his name will not be disappointed. Photos. VOYA CODES: 2Q 2P S A/YA (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult). 1999, Regan Books/Random, Ages 16 to Adult, 290p, $26.Reviewer:Patrick Jones

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061031168
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.86(d)

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Chapter One

Royal Rumbler

I was eight years old when my family moved to the island of Hawaii. This really wasn't all that big a deal to me, since I was accustomed to being uprooted on a regular basis. My father, Rocky Johnson, was a professional wrestler, and life in "the business" in those days was nomadic, to say the least. Professional wrestling in my dad's era—he started in the mid-1960s—was not the well-oiled international entertainment machine that it is today. There was no dominant organization, like the World Wrestling Federation, watching over the game and its participants. There were no multimillion-dollar television contracts or Pay-Per-View specials. There was little or no merchandising to fatten the wallets of the wrestlers themselves--no video games or action figures or lunch boxes. Instead, professional wrestling was a gloriously gritty and splintered business consisting of dozens of self-sufficient, and self-governing, territories: Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia, just to name a few. Generally, at that time, guys would work a territory for six months to a year, two years at the most. They'd move in, get acclimated, make a name for themselves, and before long they'd wear out their welcome and have to move on. That's just the way it worked. Everyone who wrestled accepted the life--in fact, most loved it.

I was raised in this environment. It was all I knew, all I can remember. There was never a time when wrestling wasn't part of my life. And so, like a child of the circus, I was a road warrior from the very beginning, bouncing from one part of the country to another, from one apartment to another. By the time I started kindergarten I had already lived in five states. I don't recall ever being bothered by the constant movement--to tell you the truth, I found it exciting. And I sure as hell never lacked for attention or love. I went to shows with my mother, Ata, and together we cheered every one of Rocky's sensational, athletic moves. My mom was the real rock of the family. Having grown up in the business, she understood the sacrifices that were necessary for success. And so she did what she had to do to keep the family together. When it was time to pack up the van and move to another town, she made it feel like an adventure.

It was in Hawaii that I got to know my grandparents real well, and I think that's part of the reason I fell in love with the place, and why I still consider it my home away from home. It represents so much of my heritage and my past and all that's important to me. My grandfather, Peter Maivia, was a legend in this business, and not just because he was a terrific wrestler, although he certainly was that: heavyweight champion of Texas and U.S. Tag Team champion were just two of the titles he held. Peter Maivia was known for being one of the toughest guys around. Not in a mean or antagonistic or showy way, but in an honest way. He was just a tough son of a bitch, and if you were smart, you didn't mess with him.

Other wrestlers sometimes discovered this characteristic the hard way. Then, as now, the boys in the business sometimes hung out together when they traveled. And one night, in a hotel restaurant, another wrestler began making fun of my grandfather. Peter Maivia was Samoan and, as was the custom of his people, he often liked to eat with his hands. We call it fa-a-Samoan--the Samoan way. To this other wrestler, though, it was not a custom. It was something to mock. So the boys were all sitting at a table, surrounded by food, and he was really giving it to my grandfather, insulting him, trying to get a laugh out of something that was actually quite honorable. Eventually, my grandfather, who was a very dignified man, told him to back off and show a little respect.

"Don't make fun of me," he said. "This is my culture."

The other wrestler just laughed and kept at it. Eventually my grandfather stood up, grabbed him by the collar, and dragged him into the lobby and proceeded to beat the living crap out of him. My grandfather was an immense man--about five foot ten, 320 pounds--and so the fight, if you could call it that, didn't last long. It ended when my grandfather lifted the other guy off his feet and tossed him through a window. Then, after his point had been clearly made, my grandfather walked over, helped him up, and said, "You okay?" The man nodded and my grandfather smiled. "Good," he said. "Now . . . just don't make fun of me anymore."

That was just one of the stories I had heard about Peter Maivia. But I had heard other stories, too, and I came to see that they were largely true. Even though my grandfather was the toughest man alive, he was also the sweetest guy you'd ever want to meet. He was gentle and kind, especially to my mother and me. If he was capable of knocking the piss out of you, he was also capable of charming you with a song or a smile. He and my grandmother, Leah, loved each other intensely, but they fought all the time. They bickered constantly, and sometimes their arguments erupted into violence. My grandmother would flail away at my grandfather, and he'd stand there absorbing every blow with his massive arms and chest, until she grew so tired that she'd collapse into him, completely spent. Then they'd kiss and make up, and my grandfather would serenade her with a song on his ukulele. Their relationship was wonderful and crazy and full of passion: fa-a-Samoan! It made for some interesting family gatherings, I'll tell you that.

Meet the Author

In addition to his home in Miami, where he lives with his wife, Dany, The Rock has a permanent suite at Smack Down Hotel, on the corner of Know Your Role Boulevard and Jabroni Drive. He is the youngest champion in World Wrestling Federation history.

Joe Layden is a freelance magazine writer and the author of several books, including All The Rage, with Charles Haley. He lives in upstate New York, not far from the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame.

In addition to his home in Miami, where he lives with his wife, Dany, The Rock has a permanent suite at Smack Down Hotel, on the corner of Know Your Role Boulevard and Jabroni Drive. He is the youngest champion in World Wrestling Federation history.

Joe Layden is a freelance magazine writer and the author of several books, including All The Rage, with Charles Haley. He lives in upstate New York, not far from the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame.

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Rock Says... 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 311 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since now Rock has a book coming out... Mick foley may actually have a little competition for that #1 spot on the New York times bestseller list... But it doesnt matter whether the rock will give Foley a run for his money, cuz the rock is the peoples champ and for this he has written the peoples book.. And so heres my message to you... You can go out into the poeples world... get in your car and drive down the peoples roads... and go into the peoples bookstore(Barnes And Noble) on January 5th... and buy that book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best book EVER
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS TRUELY AN EXCELLENT READ. IT TAKES YOU THROUGH THE ROCKS CAREER AND LIFE FROM BEGINING TO END. I TRUELY ENJOYED READING THIS BOOK IT WAS THE FIRST BOOK THAT I HAVE READ BEGINNG TO END.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great, I loved it! I am a 13 year old wrestling fan, and i love the rock snd mankind, this book should (and probably will be) a bestseller!! So know your role and read this book!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Dwayne Johnson explains his life growing up with football and his dad in professional wrestling. HE talks about his lifgrowing up in Hawaii and also how he grew up how his game was with girls. The rock also describes life as a 'tough guy'. He also describes the way he went through the family wrestling business. He then shows how he was treated differently in his life on the mainland in Birmingham. He explains why he didn't do ameateur wrestling because it was too 'easy'. He then talks about his short temper and his life at the University of MIami. At miami he talks about how he wanted to quit school then he met his future wife. He talks about how she encouraged him to stay at school. The rock shows his life playing football at Toronto. He then talks about being cut and then made a career change. He then became a wrestler. He talks about his way to wrestling. Then in the end up as the most electrifying man in sports entertainment! I liked the book because I have always been a fan of the rock. I liked how he talked in his characters perspective. I would reccomend this book to tohers if you like WWE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a biography of one of the famous World Wrestling superstars ever. The Most Electrifying Man that sports entertainment has ever seen. The Peoples Champ, the Brahama Bull, the Rock. His real name is Dwayne Johnson. Most call him D.J. This book goes through his life story. First at the age of 13 he was over 6 feet tall and weighted 230 pounds. He was a very big boy at a very early age. By 15 he was 6-5 and 250. He tries to wrestle for a school in Pennsylvania, he doesn¿t like it. He originally was born in Hawaii. His dad and grandpa wrestled for 10 or 12 years before they both quit due to injury. They were both big and strong too. When he got out of high school he went to the University of the Miami Hurricanes. He plays football there and by his senior year he had won one National Championship. From there on he entered the NFL draft. He didn¿t get drafted to any team in the NFL. He got drafted to a Canada team, the Crusaders. He quit that team after jus one year and married Dany. It was love at first site for Dwayne. After that he turns to professional wrestling. He gets a black match with some rookie so he isn¿t going to get beat to bad. Well he wins his first match and impresses the general manager of the WWF. That stands for World Wrestling Federation. He gets one or two more black matches and finally he gets to work in the WWF. From there on he becomes known as the Rock and he is Layeth the Smacketh Down on some Jabrroni who doesn¿t know what he¿s doing in the ring and has the Rock teach him a lesson he will never forget. To find out if the Rock wins any title belts or has any hated rivals read this book titled The Rock Says¿
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Rock Says¿ is a very intriguing book. It portrays the trials that Dwayne Johnson went through to get where he is now. It tells of a lot of the action that goes on behind the curtain of professional wrestling. In the middle of his story there is advice on life for others. It shows how he made mistakes and didn¿t make it to where he originally wanted to be in life yes he kept trying and made it big in another way. When his football career went down in flames his wrestling career went on to be with the greats. If you enjoy or enjoyed watching professional wrestling I would suggest reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gave a great look at the life of The Rock/Dwayne Johnson. The book is an easy read and there are many points where you just can't put the book down. It goes through all of his good times and hardships and the people that have helped him through it. I recommend this book to anyone but you should have a little background with him and the WWE. What makes this book so interesting is his life story and all the pictures that are put in. It shows pictures from his family, football career, friends and wrestling matches. Over all i thought this book was great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book tells about The Rocks up's and down's throughout his life. This book would be a great choice to read if your a big fan of The Rock or you just like wrestling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like wrestling, you will enjoy reading this book. It is easy reading and very interesting. It has lots of interesting behind the scenes looks at the world of wrestling and gives a detailed recap of his wrestling matches. However, there is more to this book than wrestling. It also informs you about his family and how he was a 3rd generation wrestler, his football days, and the road he took to get into the World Wrestling Federation. His life is very exciting and some of his past strories are very good advice and also educational. He went through more than a lot of people would believe. Many people don't like a book with a lot of pictures. While on the other hand many people love it. I personally believe that the pictures help tell the story. For people whoseimaginations aren't great, it helps them visualize the characters and events. It also helps get the younger people attention. It grasp their minds and keep themwanting to see and learn more about wrestling. However, the book is exciting. It is a good behind the scenes book and a good life strory abhout the Rock. I think the only negative is if you don't like wrestling or know about wrestling, you will not find the book that interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed the book The Rock Says. It was an emotionally compelling book to me. I found it sad to see that he never made it to the NFL and had to start playing professionally with the CFL unfortunately having to play in the practicing squad. My heart really goes out to Dwayne Johnson especially for his wife's sacrificing Dany Garcia. I think that regardless what has happened his trials with playing football, he has made up for that and even then some. All in all this book was very captivating as well as keeping me interested. Dwayne Johnson also adds to the autobiography a sense of humor. I appreciate his direct ways and honesty. To have someone to be direct and honest is very impressive. I give this book five stars. He is a wonderful,all around nice guy with good morals. Hats off to you, Dwayne! Keep up the good work-God bless you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed reading the book The Rock Says. It was an emotionally compelling book to me. I found it sad to see that he never made it to the NFL and had to start out professionally playing in the CFL unfortunately having to play in the practice team. My heart really goes out to Dwayne Johnson especially to his wife Dany Garcia for the sacrices that she made for him. I think that regardless of what has happened, his trials with playing football,he has made up for that and then some. All in all-this book was very captivating as well as keeping me interested. Dwayne Johnson also adds to the autobiography a sense of humor. I appeciate his directness and honesty. To have someone to be direct and honest is very impressive.I give this book five stars. He is a wonderful, all around nice guy with good morals. Hats off to you, Dwayne! Keep up the good work and God Bless You!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book covers so much of The Rock's past present and soon to be future. Greatness will prevail and stardom will follow him. Truly enjoyable book. Well Worth Reading. I couldnt put it down and before I knew it I read it all in just 2 DAYS.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The rock is very talented at everything he does. From singing to Wrestling to acting. I think he is a remarkable person. Very georgous too. Too bad he is married.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great description of The Rock's life. It tells about so much that he went through to become the people's champion. It talks about all the good times, all the struggles. I think The Rock should do like Mick Foley did and write a new autobiography that starts where this one left off. I'm sure he's had a lot to talk about since then with hosting Saturday Night Live, The Scorpion King, the wrestling, etc. It would be probably be at least as good as this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought his book was really great & I could not put it down once I started reading. The message I got from this book was that you can succeed & be what you wanna be if you give your best & never quit. I could read this book over & over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's about a WWF superstar named The Rock. He had to go though alot of stuff to get where he is now. He used to be a football player before he came to the WWF.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE ROCK IS SO FINE!!!! HIS BOOK DESCRIBES HOW HE IS! HE IS FINE!!!!! I LOVE THE ROCK!!!! HIS BOOK IS GREAT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is awesome! it has the story of the rock's success (obviously) and you'll never going to want to stop reading it...i read the first 100 pages in an hour but i had to stop since it was getting late..
Guest More than 1 year ago
A good book worth reading. It had a lot of information about Dwayne, but I would have liked to hear some more about his views of the 'behind the scenes' goings on of the WWF that most of us never learn about from simply watching TV. There was some good information about that in Mick Foley's first book which I also gave 3 stars. I am reading Kurt Angle's book now and after the first 100 pages, I am enjoying it a lot more. This book, however, was worth reading and I enjoyed it very much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not a person who likes to read but when I read the first page of the book I couldn't stop reading. When I read this book it changed my whole view on a wrestler's life. A wrestler's life is a very stressful and demanding life. In this book the Rock will take you through his life of wrestling history from his birth to his achievement of being the People's Champ of the WWF. The Rock describes and retells his hardships and victories in life. The book also pays a tribute to one of his best friends Owen Hart, who was one of the best wrestlers in the WWF.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Rock Says is full of excitement and drama of his life in the ring and out of the ring.This book is worth the price of $26.00
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought The Rock's book was reat. He tells what it was like growing up with a famous father and grandfather. If you don't know that much about the most electifying man in sports entertainment today then read his book. If ya smell what the rock is writing.