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In the 4-5 times I have chatted with Ata she has always been open and welcoming, and proud to cite her son's work ethic as reason for his success. I can see where Dwayne would credit hers as well. Stacey Leilua's portrayal fits what I have experienced.

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This show is so dull. There's some novelty value for wrestling fans, but the entertainment value is 3/10. And for a comedy, it's almost 100% mirth-free.



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Kriss wrote: This show is so dull. There's some novelty value for wrestling fans, but the entertainment value is 3/10. And for a comedy, it's almost 100% mirth-free.
Unfortunately the more I watch, the more I agree. I saw the first episode and thought it was average. It got worse really fast. 



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This is supposed to be a time period ten years from now, right? At the very least there ought to be some attempt to incorporate an as-yet undeveloped technology. In the 2030s maybe the advancement, or devolving condition, is that everyone has some degree of scandal to live down and telling Rock's story now opens that door and is controlling the narrative at the same time,

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Dwayne has teased that the fanny pack is coming. But that's old tech.

I agree that the premise of it being the future should have meant something radically different for the interview format, and showing the world in a more positive way.



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The 2030 scenes don’t belong on public access much like NBC. I feel like the executives insisted on The Rock being shown on screen, which is why they’re doing this. But he should only be narrating. It still wouldn’t be a fantastic show, but by taking out the cringe-worthy interview scenes they’d have a better shot at retaining an audience.



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Last night's show was the worst yet. I don't even think a joke was attempted. Most of the "comedy" is "you had to be there" humor aimed directly at The Rock and his 6 closest friends.  It's so self-masturbatory I feel like I'm watching an informercial for The Rock now. I always liked the guy and now this show is making me think he's a huge ass.



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srossi wrote: Last night's show was the worst yet. I don't even think a joke was attempted. Most of the "comedy" is "you had to be there" humor aimed directly at The Rock and his 6 closest friends.  It's so self-masturbatory I feel like I'm watching an informercial for The Rock now. I always liked the guy and now this show is making me think he's a huge ass.How long before they are all sitting around the table drinking Teremana?  And driving their Built Ford Tough trucks?



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It does seem kind of obvious at this point that no one will tell him "no" to an idea. He's the Vince McMahon of Hollywood now.

We're supposed to get to talk to Brian Gerwitz about the show, so that'll be interesting.



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Dave Hillhouse's excellent work covering NBC's Young Rock continues at SlamWrestling.net with an interview with one of its executive producers, Brian Gerwitz -- who wrestling fans will remember as a WWE writer for many years during The Attitude Era and beyond.

https://slamwrestling.net/index.php/2021/04/06/brian-gewirtz-brings-his-own-wrestling-acumen-to-young-rock-as-executive-producer/



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I skipped a few episodes and tried again last night. Still not funny, but they included this line about Tony Atlas, "Remind me to call Tony and tell him to stop talking about women's feet in public."



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PWInsider:

PWInsider.com can exclusively confirm that NBC's Young Rock is seeking to feature WWE characters from The Rock's rookie year in WWE for season two. PWInsider.com is told there has been casting underway for Triple H, The Undertaker, Downtown Bruno Lauer (aka Harley Whippleman) and even The Brooklyn Brawler, Steve Lombardi, who was one of the first to wrestle The Rock inside the ring. The real life Lauer made a cameo as himself in the first season, but we are told this will be a fictionalized version.

PWInsider.com has also confirmed that plans for a Memphis-themed episode currently also features Superstar Bill Dundee, so casting is underway for a Dundee. PWInsider.com has previously reported plans to include Jerry Lawler, Tommy Rich and a young Bam Bam Bigelow (as Crusher Yurkov) for an episode set in 1980s Memphis Wrestling. Lawler and Bigelow may recur in the series should they move forward with additional Memphis-era episodes.

Other names PWInsider.com has previously reported the series was casting:

*The Rock's grandfather WWE Hall of Famer "High Chief" Peter Maivia. In the casting the for Maivia, he is described as being in his 30s and seen in the 1970s, where he is the founder of Polynesian Pro Wrestling in Hawaii. He is described as "standing up" for another wrestler in the casting. While Maivia has been referred to often in the series, this would be the first time he will is seen.

*WWF 1980s personalities Gene Okerlund, Big John Studd, Freddie Blassie, Nikolai Volfoff and Mr. Fuji, among others.

*The Great Kabuki.

They are also seeking to re-cast several wrestlers from the first season, including Roddy Piper and Ric Flair. The reason they are recasting Flair is that Matthew Farrelly, who portrayed Flair in a sequence against Rocky Johnson in season one, is no longer available as he's currently signed to WWE NXT as Grayson Waller and is residing in Orlando, Florida while the series shoots in Australia.

Production for the second season is currently expected to run through January for ten episodes. There will be a holiday episode airing next month on NBC followed by the return of Season two on 3/15. The first season ended on a cliffhanger where the world was about to learn whether The Rock was about to become President of the United States.

Among the personalities who were portrayed regularly in season one were Andre the Giant, The Iron Sheik, Afa, Sika, Rocky Johnson, Junkyard Dog and Randy Savage. Andre the Giant has been bumped up to a series regular in season two.



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srossi wrote: PWInsider:

PWInsider.com can exclusively confirm that NBC's Young Rock is seeking to feature WWE characters from The Rock's rookie year in WWE for season two. PWInsider.com is told there has been casting underway for Triple H, The Undertaker, Downtown Bruno Lauer (aka Harley Whippleman) and even The Brooklyn Brawler, Steve Lombardi, who was one of the first to wrestle The Rock inside the ring. The real life Lauer made a cameo as himself in the first season, but we are told this will be a fictionalized version.

PWInsider.com has also confirmed that plans for a Memphis-themed episode currently also features Superstar Bill Dundee, so casting is underway for a Dundee. PWInsider.com has previously reported plans to include Jerry Lawler, Tommy Rich and a young Bam Bam Bigelow (as Crusher Yurkov) for an episode set in 1980s Memphis Wrestling. Lawler and Bigelow may recur in the series should they move forward with additional Memphis-era episodes.

Other names PWInsider.com has previously reported the series was casting:

*The Rock's grandfather WWE Hall of Famer "High Chief" Peter Maivia. In the casting the for Maivia, he is described as being in his 30s and seen in the 1970s, where he is the founder of Polynesian Pro Wrestling in Hawaii. He is described as "standing up" for another wrestler in the casting. While Maivia has been referred to often in the series, this would be the first time he will is seen.

*WWF 1980s personalities Gene Okerlund, Big John Studd, Freddie Blassie, Nikolai Volfoff and Mr. Fuji, among others.

*The Great Kabuki.

They are also seeking to re-cast several wrestlers from the first season, including Roddy Piper and Ric Flair. The reason they are recasting Flair is that Matthew Farrelly, who portrayed Flair in a sequence against Rocky Johnson in season one, is no longer available as he's currently signed to WWE NXT as Grayson Waller and is residing in Orlando, Florida while the series shoots in Australia.

Production for the second season is currently expected to run through January for ten episodes. There will be a holiday episode airing next month on NBC followed by the return of Season two on 3/15. The first season ended on a cliffhanger where the world was about to learn whether The Rock was about to become President of the United States.

Among the personalities who were portrayed regularly in season one were Andre the Giant, The Iron Sheik, Afa, Sika, Rocky Johnson, Junkyard Dog and Randy the Savage. Andre the Giant has been bumped up to a series regular in season two.Two things struck me when reading this:  One, there is actually going to be a season two of this mess?  And Two, where are they going to find a fully grown adult that is as short as Bill Superstar Dundee to play a realistic version of him?



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Superstar wrote: srossi wrote: PWInsider:

PWInsider.com can exclusively confirm that NBC's Young Rock is seeking to feature WWE characters from The Rock's rookie year in WWE for season two. PWInsider.com is told there has been casting underway for Triple H, The Undertaker, Downtown Bruno Lauer (aka Harley Whippleman) and even The Brooklyn Brawler, Steve Lombardi, who was one of the first to wrestle The Rock inside the ring. The real life Lauer made a cameo as himself in the first season, but we are told this will be a fictionalized version.

PWInsider.com has also confirmed that plans for a Memphis-themed episode currently also features Superstar Bill Dundee, so casting is underway for a Dundee. PWInsider.com has previously reported plans to include Jerry Lawler, Tommy Rich and a young Bam Bam Bigelow (as Crusher Yurkov) for an episode set in 1980s Memphis Wrestling. Lawler and Bigelow may recur in the series should they move forward with additional Memphis-era episodes.

Other names PWInsider.com has previously reported the series was casting:

*The Rock's grandfather WWE Hall of Famer "High Chief" Peter Maivia. In the casting the for Maivia, he is described as being in his 30s and seen in the 1970s, where he is the founder of Polynesian Pro Wrestling in Hawaii. He is described as "standing up" for another wrestler in the casting. While Maivia has been referred to often in the series, this would be the first time he will is seen.

*WWF 1980s personalities Gene Okerlund, Big John Studd, Freddie Blassie, Nikolai Volfoff and Mr. Fuji, among others.

*The Great Kabuki.

They are also seeking to re-cast several wrestlers from the first season, including Roddy Piper and Ric Flair. The reason they are recasting Flair is that Matthew Farrelly, who portrayed Flair in a sequence against Rocky Johnson in season one, is no longer available as he's currently signed to WWE NXT as Grayson Waller and is residing in Orlando, Florida while the series shoots in Australia.

Production for the second season is currently expected to run through January for ten episodes. There will be a holiday episode airing next month on NBC followed by the return of Season two on 3/15. The first season ended on a cliffhanger where the world was about to learn whether The Rock was about to become President of the United States.

Among the personalities who were portrayed regularly in season one were Andre the Giant, The Iron Sheik, Afa, Sika, Rocky Johnson, Junkyard Dog and Randy the Savage. Andre the Giant has been bumped up to a series regular in season two.Two things struck me when reading this:  One, there is actually going to be a season two of this mess?  And Two, where are they going to find a fully grown adult that is as short as Bill Superstar Dundee to play a realistic version of him?

Leslie Jordan would be the greatest casting ever, and if they don't do it there's no point in even carrying on with the show.



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Season 2 premiered last night (mid-season replacement can't be a good sign) so I tried it again to see if it got any better. I thought for sure they'd change the format, but they didn't. Still the Asian reporter who's the least funny guy in the history of television is interviewing The Rock running for President, and makes me want to not vote for him in real life if he ever does run for something. And the story remains disjointed and jumps from era to era with a nary a laugh or coherent plot point to be found. There has to be something interesting you could do with Lia Maivia's extortion investigation at least, but somehow they can't figure out how to do it. I'm still in shock that someone as successful as The Rock could put such a stinker on TV.  And although some of the casting is good, the bad casting really sticks out when you see Downtown Bruno and Tony Atlas. 



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