Badseed's Bottomline Supplemental #6
 

Wrestling Books Well Worth the Read

By Badseed


           Hey yo! These are the books about wrestling that will tell you the whole story. Together they make up a great history of wrestling well worth checking out. If you are not a fan of wrestling, they are still worth the read for a myriad of other reasons. Some are classics. Some are stinkers. All deserve a look. Step into the squared circle of your mind and let your imagination take you into the dingy bingo halls, high school auditoriums, the bright lights of arenas across the country and into the minds of some of the biggest stars of the squared circle. Click on the links to take you to the full reviews:


 

In the end, The Stone Cold Truth, was damn well worth it, and while there is a lot missing, there is a lot included to compensate, including his thoughts on how wrestling has evolved, where it is today, how he would run things a bit, his various gimmicks and storylines, including his heel turn and his thoughts on Bischoff now that the two have to work together again. You can't cram your whole life in one book. Read More...

 

 

 

I knew Kurt Angle was going to be a star, and with just over two years experience in the business, he already has his own book. Kurt Angle: It's True, It's True! is an awesome read. I did not think I would like it, because it was about 300-pages long and Angle did not have enough history in the WWF to fill all those pages with interesting information about his days in the WWF. Read More...

 

 



This book is chock full of interesting tidbits that really capture the reader's attention. It was cool to read about his rocky relationship with the Hart family, and his eventual friendship with Bret "The Hitman" Hart. In fact, these guys had some of the very first ladder matches ever in Stampede Wrestling. It was their awesome style of competitiveness that got them to the World Wrestling Federation.
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The book is just not that good. It does not even come close to the two efforts by Mick Foley nor it does it match the effort put forth by the Rock and his ghostwriter. Chyna's ghostwriter made it obvious this was not a story from the Ninth Wonder of the World. Read More...

 

 

 

You will enjoy this book because it is an intriguing look at the business of wrestling. Cappetta was a master of negotiation and was one of the highest paid announcers before he stuck to his guns, quit the game and decided to write this book. Read humorous stories about road trips, crooked promoters and a wrestling bear. It's not just about sports entertainment, it's about life. Read More...

 

 



To Be the Man
is the story of a wrestler who started out with nothing, worked his way up the ladder, partied hard, loved beyond his means, overcame obstacles, and still does it in the ring every Monday night for the fans. Space Mountain may be the oldest ride in the park, but it still has the longest line. He is the man and this is his story.    Whoo!!!
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This book is a keeper. Wrestling fans should own it because it is very informative, and talks about a wrestling legend. Non-wrestling fans should own this because it will introduce them to a world they have been misinformed about. It's just a damn good story.
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Mick Foley does it again. Once more, the hardcore legend has become a New York Times #1 Best Seller. Foley writes his own story spanning hundreds of pages, and giving a unique look into the world of sports entertainment. And despite his writing skill, I have yet to see a review in a 'quality' newspaper or magazine. Of course, that is until now.
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As a wrestling fan who works out, Making the Game: Triple H’s Approach to a Better Body was a fun read for me. I don’t think this is for serious bodybuilders who don’t follow the sport. HHH fans and beginners should definitely take a look.
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What readers get is a true tale that both inspires people to live their dreams and follow their hearts, while at the same time warning them of the pitfalls of their eventual success. If you weren't a Hardy Boyz fan before, reading this book will make you one. Read More...


 

 


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trangely, I loved Wrestling’s Bad Boy Tells All, not because of the wrestling, but for the human element of the story. You can tell from Heenan’s witty, yet intelligent and warm banter, that he loves wrestling with all his heart. There is no real ego in this book.
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Despite all of the great tales told in these pages, I feel the book lacked a trait every great person who appreciates their fame should have - humility. Hogan takes credit for far too many things. He discusses being the one who helped bring the Undertaker into the WWE, how he was one of the main men behind the decision of forming the New World Order. There was not enough talk about his earlier days, the days that made him who he is today. Missing also were Paul Orndorff and their classic feuds, nor was there much about his tag teams with Junkyard Dog or his feelings about Bret Hart. Read More...

 

 


I truly encourage wrestling fans to pick this one up. It is a lot of fun and it offers readers a glimpse at a sexier side of wrestling. If you think Sable's cover to Playboy was hot, read about the woman who helped pave her way. Wrestling has had a lot of hot women, but there is only one first lady of wrestling.
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Complete with fascinating stories, honesty, humor, sensibility and a great look into the wrestling world that is not only the WWE, this book marks another success for Lawler, that of a writer. I am more of a fan now than before. It’s good to be a fan of “The King”…period.
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It was during that year-plus that she was away, recovering from her career threatening injury, she set to work on a book that tells her whole life story, giving us a unique perspective on the most extreme female in WWE’s history. Along for the ride is Michael Krugman, who also helped write the
Hardy Boyz’s Exist to Inspire, making A R.O.A.D. Less Traveled-The Reality of Amy Dumas a perfect compliment.
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If you haven’t read this book you really should. I swear Sex, Lies and Headlocks is probably the closest thing to an unbiased look at the inner workings of what the wrestlers call the business. Sex, Lies and Headlocks gives an in-depth history on the World Wrestling Federation and its rise and falls in the wrestling world, including glimpses at the corporations' rivals over the years and how they hindered and contributed toward World Wrestling Entertainment’s near monopolistic success.
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In the Pit with Piper
is a nice, quick read with some great moments from Piper’s long, storied career. Regardless of a few indiscretions, In the Pit with Piper: Roddy Gets Rowdy is a great read and combined with Hogan’s autobiography tells the tale of two wrestlers with two different views traveling two different trails and reaching the same lofty status of Icon. Read More...

 

 

 


There is no reason why everyone shouldn’t read this book, especially the everyday business man who wants a laymen’s guide on first, how to be successful in business and second, how not to let it all slip away. If only WCW had that knowledge, this gem of a book would never exist. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Read; then decide.
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WrestleCrap
is a very humorous book that allows fans to relive such horrible gimmicks that have become unforgettable in wrestling lore. This is an enjoyable read that holds the fan’s interest and keeps him or her glued to each and every page, never wanting to put it down and always looking for an excuse to pick it up. WrestleCrap has changed the way we look at wrestling.
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