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Feb 20, 2011 - 11:03:45 PM
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We're bringing back our recent half-price offer (or $15 off an annual subscription offer) for a few hours this week since we are presenting a new, never-before-heard Vintage Audio Torch Talk with The Rock. While we printed the transcript back in 1999 and 2000, we hadn't made the audio file available until this week.
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Part One is available right now. Part Two is scheduled to be made available later this week. The interview is approximately 90 minutes in total. NOTE: The audio quality, due to it being transferred from audio micro cassette to MP3 format, is not up to our usual standards for new Torch Talks.
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PART ONE DETAILS (approx 45 minutes)
-What are his earliest memories of growing up in a wrestling family?
-Why did his family discouraged him from entering pro wrestling?
-Did he find it a burden to protect the nature of pro wrestling at a time when it was portrayed as "real"?
-What was the exact amount of money the WWF offered him in his first contract?
-What did he have to do to earn his first WWF contract after having never wrestled outside of a WWF ring before his tryout?
-Which main event wrestlers was the first to help him when he arrived in the WWF? He details three in particular who really stepped up to help him even if it meant he might rise to threaten their top spots.
-What did he concentrate early on that helped him rise to the stature he did as a main eventer so early in his career?
-What "drove him up the wall" that Vince Russo and others instructed him to do when he first arrived in WWE?
-Why does he think fans booed him when he first arrived? Interesting insight into how he dealt with that.
-The memory from his early years in pro wrestling that most stand out to him when he felt he had arrived.
-When did he realize that he was going to be better off as a babyface rather than a heel?
-How much of a role did fans have in the direction of his career?
-Did he think he was booked properly, or did too many early turns hinder him at all?
-Did he speak out to Vince Russo and Vince McMahon when he felt one heel turn was counter-productive? How does he feel in retrospective?
-How was working with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin at his peak both a blessing and a curse?
-Did he hear the criticism that as a heel he played to the crowd too much and undercut his effectiveness as a heel? He discusses the challenge of "being entertaining" while also getting "heel heat."
-He walks through some of his catch phrases really igniting his career.
-As an admirer of Bret Hart and Vince McMahon, what is his stand on the Survivor Series 1997 "screwjob" controversy?
-He talks about the early movie offers he was already receiving and how his rapid rise and success was overwhelming?
-He talks about a promise he made to himself as his career took off that he'd remain grounded. He details who is in charge of helping him keep that promise.
-What is the best and worst part about being The Rock, as a person and a celebrity?
PART TWO DETAILS (approx. another 45 minutes)
-He responds to Juventud Guerrera imitating him on WCW and is it true he took exception to it?
-Which WWF wrestler does he go off on as being "petty" and "insecure" and an "idiot with a big mouth" and why?
-Meeting Goldberg for the first time after both had risen to main event status quickly in competing promotions during the late-'90s boom period.
-How much of a role did Vince Russo play in the Attitude Era and Rock's rise, and does Russo exaggerate his role in that?
-Does the content of pro wrestling shows concern him?
-Whether he has any desire to ever wrestle Shawn Michaels.
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