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ECW Press Fall 2019 Trade

The Rocky Johnson Story
By (author): Rocky Johnson By (author): Scott Teal
Rocky Johnson , Scott Teal


ECW Press - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Dust jacket
Hardcover , Dust jacket


General Trade
Oct 15, 2019
Out of print


9in x 6 x 0.99 in | 1.39 lb

Page Count:

304 pages


20 20 photographs, black and white, 10 10 photographs, colour
ECW Press
Biography: sport|Memoirs|Social and cultural history|Wrestling|Relating to African American people
  • Short Description
Rocky Johnson, one of the most successful wrestlers of the 1970s and ’80s, 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.

A memoir from wrestling legend and ground-breaking Black athlete, Rocky Johnson.

At 14, Rocky Johnson left Nova Scotia to seek fortune and make professional wrestling his career. An incredibly agile and talented wrestler for a man his size, he soon became a featured main-eventer in every territory he worked — from Los Angeles to New York, and all points in between. He also appeared in wrestling arenas worldwide, including in Canada, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Samoa, and Puerto Rico.

In Soulman, Johnson not only explores his career accomplishments, but also reflects upon what his achievements, as a direct descendant of slaves, mean historically and for Black culture. In the South, he shattered racial barriers when he became the first African-American to win the Southern, Georgia, and Florida heavyweight titles, and in 1983, he teamed with Tony Atlas to become the first all-Black WWWF tag team champions.

Soulman: The Rocky Johnson Story is an in-depth look at the life of a self-made man who wouldn’t let anything stand in his way on the road to success.

Sales and Market Bullets

  • Rocky Johnson was one of the first Black professional wrestlers in Canada and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008 by his son.

  • A biopic about Rocky Johnson’s life was announced in October 2018 and will be directed by Jonathan and Justin Gajewski.

  • Johnson and Atlas were a tag team known as “The Soul Patrol,” and in 1983 they made history as the first Black tag team to ever hold the Tag Team Championship title.


  • Readers of Black history titles.

  • Readers of ECW’s wrestling titles.

Promotional Plans

  • Send media copies to wrestling list.

  • Pitch profiles, excerpts, and interviews to general interest, wrestling, and entertainment. publications (People, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, ESPN the Magazine, Newsweek, CBS Sports, SportsBusiness, Pro Wrestling Illustrated, etc.).

  • Pitch interviews to wrestling podcasts (Talk is Jericho, Busted Open Radio, Jobbing Out, PWTorch, OWW, 6:05 Superpodcast, etc.).

For more than 20 years, Rocky Johnson was a top-tier professional wrestler, sought after by promoters from all over the world. He is a WWE Hall-of-Famer. Scott Teal may be the world’s most prolific historian of pro wrestling. Under his own imprint, Crowbar Press, he has written, edited, and published more than 140 works, and his books stand out as some of the most important and celebrated in the field.

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

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