Though these days he’s known best as the Rock’s father, Rocky Johnson was one of the most successful wrestlers of the 1970s and 80s. Here he tells his story: homeless in Nova Scotia and Toronto at 13, finding success in the WWF, and using sports entertainment as a way to overcome disadvantage.


Soulman made me a bigger fan of Rocky Johnson than before I read the book. That’s a sign of a great wrestling biography. Four out of five stars.” — Dangerous Dan’s Book Blog

“The parts that talk about Dwayne Johnson are quite funny at times and give more insight into one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. The book would be most appreciated by fans who have a serious interest in the history of pro wrestling and would like to understand the scene in the 1970’s from a sociological perspective.” — Career Advice & Pro Wrestling Business Blog

“Another engaging title, this is a story only one man could tell . . . it’s a worthwhile read with neither unnecessary detail nor padding that will appeal to anyone with an interest in the territorial era.” — Pro Wrestling Books

“If you’re a fan of professional wrestling, you need to read this book. If you’re a fan of memoirs generally, you need to read this book. If you’re just a fan of good, you need to read this book . . . Truly a remarkable tale, and absolutely very much recommended — even if you know nothing at all of professional wrestling and only know Rocky as Dwayne’s dad.” — BookAnon

“Any wrestling fan who is familiar with Rocky’s work or who wants to learn more about the business at that time should pick up this book.” — The Guy Who Reviews Sports Books blog