Got both the Flair and Edge book for christmas. I finished the Edge book in about 4 hours, it's fairly small but I thought it was a great read. It reads much like he is sitting in the room telling you his story. The writing style is kind of like an extended E&C promo - which was cool for me, but this probably what spurned the negative reviews that have popped up... Most notably on the WO web site.
Much like the Flair book, it's quite inspirational and I would definitely recommend it to any fan of his WWE.com column.
I don't really care for it when young wrestlers barely into their careers are already writing biographies about it. When Foley's book came out, he was nearing the end of his run and had spent nearly 2 decades in the business. Similar to Flair, though it looks like he will still be competing for a while. I mean to do a true auto-biography I think you need to be a lot older and have had a lot more time in the business and life to truly reflect on it.
"Don't compare my arm...to your cheap arm!" -Edward Elric
I got the Edge book as well. I'm about 1/2way through it, but I'll agree, it's like he's sitting in the same room with you telling a story.
And though Edge has has a relatively short career, he's done a whole helluva lot in that time, not to mentioned he missed an entire year for neck surgery. And the book hit closer to home with me ... My best friend grew up without a dad in his like, much like Edge, and his Mom worked 2 to 3 jobs to make ends meet. So it made me think of my buddy while reading it ...
In a way, I agree that it was too early into his career to be writing this, but on the other hand - here's a guy who is out for a year with a serious injury. He was getting good reviews and a following for his column on WWE.com so really, why not? At least he wrote the thing himself, in a notebook no less like Mick.
THE book to read however is going to be Bret Hart's book if he ever finishes the damn thing. From what I have read about it, he's doing some in depth fact checking to make sure it's accurate and he's writing it himself.
What I heard was that Edge was writing this just for kicks while he was recovering from the neck surgery. WWE found out and offered to publish it, and that was fine with him. Although I prefer for biographies to be written in the twilight of a wrestler's career, I can't blame Edge for being bored enough to write it last year, or WWE for seeing an audience for the material.
What sucks, however, is that many of the WWE biographies don't do well enough to justify follow-ups. In the case of Rock and Kurt Angle, both men had the most interesting stuff happen to them after their books came out.
Originally posted by Mayhem Angle's one guy that I hope goes back and writes another book at the end of his career. He's got so much more to tell now.
..which is why guys should wait to write autobiographies until they're older. I'm sure this could be said about many others, Edge included, once they get some more experience. Of course none of them are to be blamed for writing books early because there's obviously money in it.
Well, In Angle's case, I like the fact that his book deals mainly with his early years and his olympic and college efforts, makes it much more interesting than "I was wrestling Kane at a house show, when...." kind of stories.
Same as with the Lawler book, I wish he could have put one out about 15 years ago, and had much more Memphis, much less Stacey in it.
A VKM autobiography would be horrible in so many ways. The guy re-writes history as he sees fit. He's the KIM Jong Il of pro wrestling. A truthful autobiography from him would be great but that's highly unlikely.
For one brief, shining moment, I thought this was going to be the beginning of the Greg Gagne Victory Tour '05, as he and Jumping Jim Brunzell would teach these young whippersnappers a thing or two about tag team wrestling.