Someone Bought This: “The Rock Says…”? Not really.

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The Rock Says book

This is The Rock’s 2000 autobiography “The Rock Says…”.

The Rock Says book trading card

It’s one of the worst wrestling autobiographies eve released for two simple reasons:

First, unlike Mick Foley’s excellent autobiographies, The Rock’s book was mostly written by Joe Layden with very little actual involvement from The Rock.

Secondly, it came out on January 1st, 2000. The Rock had only been in WWE for about 3 years by that point and hadn’t really accomplished very much or had a lot of interesting experiences to make a book out of.

Oh well, at least the ghostwriter didn’t call him Rocky Melvin…

(Thanks to The Wrestling Trading Card Collector’s Site for the picture of the trading card of The Rock holding his stupid book).

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9 Responses to "Someone Bought This: “The Rock Says…”? Not really."
  1. Kareem Ofweet says:

    I bought that book way back when, hoping it would be even a fraction as good as Mick’s. I got part of the way through it, realized it sucked, and put it away, never to be read again.

    I’ll still re-read Mick’s 2 main books every now and again. They’re still good, though they have lost a little luster because he wrote them in the (then) present moment, and parts of them have become time-stamped (ex: he compared something to “Ken Shamrock’s ‘snapping’ routine, from a modern perspective”).

  2. Autrach Sejanoz says:

    Thirdly, there are sections where the wrestling parts are narrated by ‘The Rock’, and it gets old REAL quick.

  3. John C says:

    The Rock was already used to people writing lines for him to say at that point. I just wish that Head would have written a steamy autobiography during that time period. He could have told great stories about getting scalp in the back from all those ring rats and the inevitable struggle with his personal demons and his shocking Pert addiction.

  4. Dave says:

    It sucked, yes… but it was still better than Chyna’s book.

  5. AK says:

    On it’s own merits, I think the Rock’s biography is okay. I imagine he and others who had biographies come out way too early (Angle, Chyna etc.) didn’t have the same flexibility that Mick Foley had when he was pushing out his books. Would being under contract with the then WWF have anything to do with it?

    Of course comparing anyone other than Chris Jericho’s (from those I have read personally) to anything written by Mick Foley is sacrilegious but I didn’t mind the Rock’s bio even if he had little actual input in the writing process.

    Yes, the part where he transforms into the Rock for a chapter or two is all kinds of awful but out of all the wrestling biographies I have read, his is tolerable.

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