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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #200 on: November 02, 2016, 12:33:45 PM »
No but I've only read positive stuff about it online.

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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #201 on: January 29, 2017, 05:32:30 AM »
https://www.amazon.com/Looking-Lights-Path-Wrestling-Heel/dp/1613219873/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1485718250&sr=8-1&keywords=pete+gas

Did anyone know that Pete Gas was releasing a book? Edge and JBL are writing the foreword too!

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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #202 on: February 02, 2017, 01:43:07 PM »
Ordering the Pete Gas book.  Also put in pre-orders for the next Jericho book and the AJ Lee book.

While doing all this, saw Hot Rod's kids put out a biography on him in the fall.  Anyone know if it is worth reading?
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« Reply #203 on: February 02, 2017, 02:22:55 PM »
While doing all this, saw Hot Rod's kids put out a biography on him in the fall.  Anyone know if it is worth reading?

I'm thinking about ordering it using what I have left on an Amazon gift card. I didn't get to write a proper tribute to Piper in my magazine column and was thinking a review might be cool.
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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #205 on: February 04, 2017, 03:30:02 PM »
I saw that but figured it was probably The Secret plus eating a dozen eggs a day
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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #206 on: March 01, 2017, 03:54:57 AM »
The Pete Gas book is listed as a 3/21 release but Amazon already shipped my copy and it is set to arrive tomorrow

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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #207 on: March 02, 2017, 02:21:26 AM »
Ordering the Pete Gas book.  Also put in pre-orders for the next Jericho book and the AJ Lee book.

While doing all this, saw Hot Rod's kids put out a biography on him in the fall.  Anyone know if it is worth reading?

Book is great. I was legit depressed reading the last chapter. Piper was a great father, but had a lot of demons that followed him, dating back to his childhood.

https://www.amazon.com/Second-Nature-Legacy-Flair-Charlotte/dp/1250120578/ref=sr_1_14?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1488425243&sr=1-14&keywords=wrestling

Eh?  Probably a brushing over of Ric's great career and lots of drama over Reid leading to Charlotte becoming a worker.

https://www.amazon.com/Mad-Dog-Maurice-Vachon-Story/dp/1770413324/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1488425166&sr=1-7&keywords=wrestling

Here's a must have for old school fans.

https://www.amazon.com/Slobberknocker-Life-Wrestling-Jim-Ross/dp/168358113X/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1488425166&sr=1-4&keywords=wrestling

BAH GAWD!! This could be great, or it could just be super positive BS about Watts and Vince mixed with bitching about the modern workers.

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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #208 on: March 02, 2017, 05:12:55 AM »
I had seen the Flair one before and figured it was a condensed version of Ric's old one with some Charlotte fluff but those look like some other great finds, Brody.

I don't know if it was pulling up the Pete Gas one but Amazon keeps suggesting a Justin Roberts book to me, which maybe when it's cheaper... I actually still want to pick up Pat Patterson and Bob Holly's books.

And I just stumbled onto the fact that someone wrote a Hillbilly Jim book!

https://www.amazon.com/Hillbilly-Incredible-Story-Wrestling-Superstar/dp/1942613490/ref=pd_sim_14_7?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1942613490&pd_rd_r=9YSA3T3890SNKFVZYQ4C&pd_rd_w=Gnj9Z&pd_rd_wg=3PAeR&psc=1&refRID=9YSA3T3890SNKFVZYQ4C
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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #209 on: March 03, 2017, 09:37:33 PM »
I used the Amazon gift card and a Prime trial membership to get the Hot Rod biography for free. Great book. I'm not sure where I rate it on my definitive list of mat memoirs, but I don't think I have to tell you that it's way better than In the Pit with Piper, heh. Some of the myths about his pre-wrestling life get debunked, but there's still a fair amount of his kayfabe story that isn't too far from the truth. Piper had a story that he wanted to tell and stuck to it fervently, mostly to keep people from looking into his private life. Lots of good road stories, some of which we've heard before. I laughed my ass off quite a bit. He definitely had his share of demons that affected him throughout his life and left far too soon. Chills go up my spine when I realize that he told everyone on that 2003 HBO documentary that he wouldn't make it to 65 and sure enough... Definitely reviewing this in my next column.
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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #210 on: March 04, 2017, 03:27:47 AM »
Looking forward to the Mad Dog Vachon book!

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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #211 on: April 08, 2017, 03:33:34 AM »
Picked up AJ Lee's book for $17.50 and Justin Robert's book for $17.46. Curious how both turn out.

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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #212 on: April 13, 2017, 07:51:27 AM »
Only 10 pages in and AJ's book is amazing. Snarking almost every other line, love it.

Justin's book was pretty solid throughout. It kind of yo-yo'd at times although it really painted a crazy picture of WWE backstage/corporate wise that generally doesn't get much focus. Worth noting is that his book had a lot of little editing errors throughout including an instance where a paragraph was repeated twice in a row. Just weird.

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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #213 on: May 02, 2017, 11:32:03 AM »
I read Titan Sinking a few months ago and just bought Titan Shattered last night.  I also started Lion's Pride: The Turbulent History of New Japan Pro Wrestling and it's pretty good so far, though it's weird that the author just drops a chapter about the psychology of Japanese wrestling in with no context.

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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #214 on: September 16, 2017, 03:48:39 AM »
Ric Flair & Charlotte Flair co-wrote a book, "Second Nature: The Legacy of Ric Flair and the Rise of Charlotte," which I picked up at work. Looks like a great read just for Ric alone but it clearly delves into Charlotte's growing up & their family as a whole too, which could prove fascinating.

Looks to be about 360+ pages.

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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #215 on: September 16, 2017, 06:21:47 AM »
I got jerichos 4th book today and look forward to reading. But I feel he is mick foleying it now.

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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #216 on: September 16, 2017, 07:18:48 AM »
Isn't the new Jericho book more self-help than biographical or is a mix? I only heard him talk about it on the Dan show.


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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #217 on: September 16, 2017, 12:34:19 PM »
I read a few chapters. It's a mix. He really wasn't a fan of the fandango match and how it was put to him.

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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #218 on: September 18, 2017, 08:30:59 AM »
I found Bob Backlund's book used yesterday. I'm not too far into it - he's discussing his high school wrestling days - but I can already tell this is going to be good.
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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #219 on: September 18, 2017, 08:58:44 AM »
I finished the Flairs book. Solid stuff although Ric mostly covers the HOF stuff and more modern day era but glosses over stuff like his TNA run and such. Charlotte's a far more interesting read but it doesn't delve into too much detail with the very notable exception of her relationship with Riki which is harrowing stuff to read.

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« Reply #220 on: October 13, 2017, 09:33:22 PM »
Finished Bob Backlund's book the other week. Backlund sticks to his life in wrestling with a little bit about his family, but doesn't get too personal. His years away from wrestling aren't discussed in any real detail. He makes the observation that he was the first babyface world champion under the McMahons who worked the more NWA-friendly beatable champ style. Most interesting are the details on Vince Senior orchestrating Backlund's main event push and issues with Superstar Billy Graham's reluctance to drop the WWWF title. Superstar actually discovered Backlund in the first place and suggested that he give the business a try, so he really felt bad for him when Graham went down to depression and drugs. I also liked reading about the differences in Backlund working champion vs. champion matches against Harley Race and Ric Flair. He talks about refusing to turn heel in the Hogan era, but really enjoyed the thought he put into his WWF heel run in the early '90s. Other stories include the Funks, Eddie Graham, Ken Patera, and Antonio Inoki's futile efforts to get over with the WWWF audience. He comes off as a genuinely humble, nice guy who feels lucky to have gone as far as he did in wrestling and really appreciates the opportunities he was given. Enjoyable read, give it a look.
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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #221 on: February 07, 2018, 01:39:46 AM »
In news that will no doubt make Brody happy, Dr. D David Schultz is releasing his autobiography:

http://www.eatsleepwrestle.com/?page_id=1883

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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #222 on: February 08, 2018, 06:53:30 AM »
http://www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/2018/02/08/shinsuke-nakamuras-autobiography-will-be-released-in-the-us-this-summer/

Nakamura's book, which was originally released in 2015 in Japan, is coming out this summer in the states. I'd love to read it but I haven't had good luck with english-translated literature. A lot of the language gets diced up and makes it hard to read. I'll see what the reviews are first.

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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #223 on: February 08, 2018, 10:14:29 AM »
Shinsuke Nakamura: Macho Business Donkey Wrestler is the first wrestling book I'll buy as a legal adult.

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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #224 on: February 27, 2018, 08:43:52 PM »
Okay, who else besides me and Brody is salivating at the idea of a "Dr. D" David Schultz autobiography?
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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #225 on: March 05, 2018, 09:33:06 AM »
Found Bob Holly and William Regal's autobiographies the other day. I was never a big Bob Holly fan, but it was nice to get an unfiltered take on WWE backstage politics. He sure hates him some Triple H, heh. Starting Regal's book and I'm already stoked at the mention of being a big Slade fan just a couple pages in.
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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #226 on: March 05, 2018, 09:49:31 AM »
I bought Regal's book cheap on Kindle when I got one a few months back but haven't started it.  Every time I think to get Holly's book, I never find a good price.

I still have my pile sitting on my nightstand unread with Jericho's latest, Pete Gas, AJ and I think someone else, on top of several other books of other interests, so unless I found something too cheap too pass, I probably should wait.
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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #227 on: March 05, 2018, 11:07:38 AM »
Regal's book is fantastic. He goes into EVERYTHING. The good and the bad, including his drug addiction.
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« Reply #228 on: March 05, 2018, 12:27:08 PM »
Hardcore Truth was $10 and Walking a Golden Mile was about $14. I almost skipped on Walking a Golden Mile until I remembered that it's apparently hard to find and that William Regal rules. Really enjoying it so far, especially since I know basically nothing about British wrestling.
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« Reply #229 on: March 06, 2018, 06:53:21 AM »
Regal's book is fantastic. He goes into EVERYTHING. The good and the bad, including his drug addiction.
The only negative on it is that it's well over a decade old so it feels like a piece is missing. But it's really a great read.

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« Reply #230 on: March 09, 2018, 09:38:18 PM »
Walking a Golden Mile was fantastic. I love that Regal was the typical British working-class kid who was into badass rock 'n' roll and northern soul before wrestling. Great reading about the British and German wrestling scenes too. I agree that reading it in 2017 leaves me feeling like a lot is missing, but that is the only complaint I could have about what is one of the better WWE-released autobiographies.
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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #231 on: March 20, 2018, 01:24:18 PM »
I started JR's book.  Pretty good so far, though he hasn't gone too in-depth about much so far (I'm only at his refereeing days though).

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« Reply #232 on: March 29, 2018, 04:16:59 AM »
I'm really disappointed in JR's book.  It's about as surface level as it gets and there is just no depth to anything he talks about.  There's some funny stories, but I'd only recommend it if you get it for $5 or less.

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« Reply #233 on: March 29, 2018, 06:33:23 AM »
Thanks for the review on the JR book because I kinda figured it would be like that.  Based on that assumption and all the other wrasslin books that came out at the same time, I passed so may see when it hits bargain bins if I need something to check out.
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« Reply #234 on: April 03, 2018, 12:32:32 PM »
I just read JR's book and yeah it was really not very good. Not just because he skips over a ton of stuff and only lightly touches on things but also jr's shit where he made bill watts a saint was awful and the way he shat all over grizz smith and bob sweetan for being pedos and thena  few pages later talked abut loving jerry lawler was hilarious

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« Reply #235 on: April 08, 2018, 04:22:30 AM »
Isn't the new Jericho book more self-help than biographical or is a mix? I only heard him talk about it on the Dan show.

Just started reading that this week and it is.  He does pick up basically where he left off but it is more anecdotal stories about how he lives his life off of quotes he got from This is Spinal Tap and Fast Times as Ridgemont High.  You should still like it enough if you liked his prior stuff and it moves fast.  Not quite what I expected but he's already talking about his next book in this book with certain stories he wants to share more detail in a normal book than this one.
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« Reply #236 on: May 24, 2018, 05:42:06 AM »
I'm almost done with JR's book and it's...ok. On the lower end of enjoyable wrestler autobiographies. He doesn't go into much detail about anything and most of what he talks about is well known. It was interesting how he got his start in WWE and how he came back after he was fired twice but yeah, I'd pass. I got it for Kindle for $2. I'd say that was a fair price.

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« Reply #237 on: May 24, 2018, 06:31:34 AM »
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« Reply #238 on: May 30, 2018, 06:04:10 AM »
Finally read the Pete Gas book and it was pretty underwhelming.  Not that I had high expectations but his whole book was “Shane was so cool, I let guys abuse me to show I belonged and earn respect”.  Nothing really juicy or interesting.  He called Test a dick but Test came around after the Summerslam 99 match.  Other than that the only guy he seemed to not be too high on was a timid comment about Headbanger Thrasher. 

He talked about getting sent to Puerto Rico but not really in detail.  His final chapter was about Shane’s 2016 comeback and wishing he’d get a chance.

The only interesting story really was Jarrett wanted him to come to TNA when it started but only on the grounds he trashed the McMahons, which he refused to do.  Guess Rodney fell out with Shane after the releases but Gas doesn’t go too much into it.

Guy seems positive and appreciative and it was a quick read but really nothing interesting or gripping, which could be expected given the scope of his career, was just hoping there would possibly be some more interesting stories given the time period he spent in the company and personalities that surrounded him.
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« Reply #239 on: September 03, 2018, 04:06:56 AM »
Has anyone here read the Brutus Beefcake book?  Not guessing I will find a wide net as I think it is only available through his site directly.  I was thinking about ordering a copy because some of the stuff Conrad touched on during the Prichard podcast made it seem like a read I would enjoy.  But of course if I am going to spend that money on ordering the book from his site, I'm gonna pay for Brother Bruti to do the signed copy.
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« Reply #240 on: November 12, 2018, 02:44:08 AM »
Pulled the trigger and ordered the Nitro book by Guy Evans that I keep hearing so much on today.  Did anyone read that?  Got hyped as the closest thing to like a college text on wrestling and has all kinds of internal emails from WCW and other little known things.  I know Bischoff said he got details he was t pricy too with how deep some of the interviews went.  Just hope I don’t get overhyped.
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« Reply #241 on: November 12, 2018, 11:10:05 AM »
I mean the only hype I’ve heard is from listening to 83 weeks but I’m interested to hear an unbiased opinion on it to see if it’s worth it. Is available digitally?

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« Reply #242 on: November 12, 2018, 11:39:18 AM »
I know 83 Weeks talked about it - I swear I heard stuff elsewhere too.  Feel Bischoff's seal does give it some credibility to me.  I bought my copy on Amazon and they do have the Kindle edition for $19.99
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« Reply #243 on: November 12, 2018, 11:24:06 PM »
Interesting release coming out next year. I got an email from WWE.com and they have an autobiography for Sabu listed for 2019.
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« Reply #244 on: November 15, 2018, 04:30:02 AM »
I picked up Jericho's The Best in the World the other week and while that's cool, I also found a copy of a book titled Pro Wrestling FAQ. Haven't delved into it yet, but it looks like a fun historical primer that would be enjoyable for any level of wrestling fan. Authored by Brian Solomon who did the WWE Legends book and apparently once wrote for Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Meltzer, Tim Hornbaker, and Steve Yohe (Wrestling Classics board) were some of his sources for research, so I think it's safe to say that there is much to still be learned here.
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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #245 on: November 26, 2018, 04:45:05 AM »
Very disappointed at the lack of Kindle deals on wrestling books for Cyber Monday (picked up a sweet behind-the-scenes book on The Simpsons though). I was hoping to get my hands on the new Nitro book. They do have Bob Holly's book for only $8 so maybe I'll pick that one up since the reviews have been good.


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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #246 on: January 03, 2019, 12:16:25 PM »
Mailordered copies of Hooker by Lou Thesz and Ole Anderson's Inside Out from Crowbar Press recently. I read Ole's book first, but I wasn't exactly clearheaded when I did and want to give it another go before offering an opinion.

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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #248 on: February 15, 2019, 06:46:32 AM »
Snow wrestled so long on the indies in the '80s and early '90s that he probably has a ton of interesting stories. Especially wrestling for the Sheik.

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Re: Wrestling Books Discussion Zone
« Reply #249 on: March 06, 2019, 02:02:40 PM »
Found out today that Kamala (wrestler not the poster) has a tell-all he sells through his website

http://www.kamalaspeaks.com/

Guessing I still need to get the Brutus Beefcake one first because that one is probably full of more fantastical bullshit, I would assume
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