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Since: 28.5.02
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.45


I wanted to read another wrestling book. I have of course read both of Foleys, but have not read any others.

I fear Foley has spoiled me with his natural writing abilities.

Any suggestions? Are any of the other ones any good?

I was thinking of the Mike Mooneyham one.
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Dynamite Kid's where you want to go next. It's written in a very conversational tone. It's short though.

Lou Thesz' book is a real snoozer. It's interesting to read about the territory days from one of the big shots but it's very plain.

I haven't gotten very far into Freddie Blassie's but it seems good enough. The guy's fucking tenacious.



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Since: 18.6.02
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#3 Posted on
Yeah, you definitley want to pick up Dynamite Kid's book next. It is an awesome read, and really brings you into the world of professional wrestling. A darker side than what Mick Foley wrote about. It's a little annoying, as he writes it in a half-kayfabe style. But it's definitley one of the better biographies out there.

And yes, you DID spoil yourself reading the two Foley books first.



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Legends of Wrestling - Freddy Blassie's book. Great stories, especially from the olderdays, plus you get some newer stuff. Pretty good.

The Secret of the Iron Claw - is about the Von Erichs - specifically Fritz, and it is one heluva read. Better than any others I have read.

Bobby the Brain is pretty good too.

Dynamite's book, Pure Dynamite: The Price you Pay for Wrestling Stardom, is a good one.

Bodyslams! Memoirs of a Wrestling Pitchman by Cappetta is also good. Kind of a "less known" worker. Good story of the Arn/Sid scissors fight in there. The guy was with WCW at the time,

There's a few



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I, personally really liked the Kurt Angle "It's Ture It's True" book. Made me respect him FAR more as a legit athelete.

Unless you are a die hard Memphis fan, stay away from Jerry Lawler's "Sometimes its good to be the King". Some good stories of the old Memphis days, but a lot of it breaks into a boring cycle of him crying about losing Stacy Carter.

Avoid THE ROCK's book. It sucks 12 different kinds of cock.

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Sex, Lies and Headlocks was good, had endless factual errors about the actual in ring wrestling. But if you can look past that fact, it was a great glimpse into Vince's world. The section on Pillman seemed to be done really well.
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#7 Posted on

    Originally posted by Nag
    Sex, Lies and Headlocks was good, had endless factual errors about the actual in ring wrestling. But if you can look past that fact, it was a great glimpse into Vince's world. The section on Pillman seemed to be done really well.


I forgot about this. Yes, that book is an EXCELLENT read. It has some factual errors, but there pretty minor, and few and far between.

If your looking soley for biographies, try and grab 'Tributes' by Dave Meltzer. It has biographies of about a dozen dead wrestlers, and is another EXCELLENT read.

EXCELLENT.



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#8 Posted on
Aside from the Foley books, well "Have A Nice Day", I thought "Foley is Good" was a disappointment, "Kurt Angle, It's True, It's True" is very good.



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You could get Chyna's book, lol. I found it kind of an interesting read despite not ever being fan of hers. It was actually humorous at times. Anyone else read it?



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Bobby Heenan's is a riot. It's way too short, but it's well worth it. Supposedly he's going to have another book at some point.

Roddy Piper's is good for the stories, but not nearly as good as Heenan's. I don't know if I trust the information 100%. Piper seems to be a little short on sanity or brain cells or both.

Gary Cappetta's has some good stories as well. It's better written than Piper's and is probably a better product as well.



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Foley's two books were head and shoulders above the rest. I'll offer a quick note on some others, as I think I've read just about all of them.

*Angle: Interesting read from a sports perspective, not so much from a wrestling perspective. Kurt certainly isn't lackig for self-confidence.

*Hogan: Puts himself over just about as much as you would expect, borderline nauseating at times but a fast read.

*Lawler: Very redundant with the Memphis stuff, skips over basically his whole WWE time and runs right into Stacy stories.

*Hardy Boyz: Another fast read, but you're not missing much.

*DDP: A very underrated book, if for no other reason than his story takes a very different path than other wrestling bios.

*Diana Hart: Harder to find since threats of legal action pulled it from the shelves. Also reported to be filled with factual errors about the family. Mostly just venting.

*Goldberg: Garbage. Don't waste your time.

*Rock: Half of it is written in-character ie. "The Rock says this..." Skip it.

*Chyna: Good for a laugh (at her, not with her) but that's about it.

*Heenan: Hilarious. Read this book.

*Piper: Interesting in the sense that you know he went back to WWE after writing this. I've seen it described as "dementia in print" and I would say that's fair.

*Moolah: Very short for a hardcover book, but if you can find it cheap or in paperback, a good read. A unique perspective on the business.

*Capetta: A more intellectual writing style than most wrestling books which almost seem to be dumbed-down at times. Only book I can think of that covers the Vince Sr. days in any detail.

*Dynamite Kid: I see others have already recommended it, and I certainly agree. Like a combination of Piper and Foley in that he's harsh in some of his criticisms yet maintains a sense of humour about things.

*Martha Hart: A good book for fans of Owen Hart, but very little wrestling coverage.

*Stu Hart: Strong recommendation for timeline alone. How widely was this available in the US?

*Missy Hyatt: A list of people Missy slept with in paragraph form. Barely a book. Turn your brain off to read this one.

*DiBiase: A good human interest story with a heavy religious slant. Similar to the Martha Hart book, if you're interested in DiBiase specifically it's well worth your time, if your interest is more wrestling-specific, you'll be disappointed.
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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.54
Allegedly, books "by" Austin, Flair and Vince himself are due within the next year.



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A Vince biography?

"And on the seventh day I created the Gobbledeegooker because fuck you guys."



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#14 Posted on

    Originally posted by Notorious F.A.B.
    "And on the seventh day I created the Gobbledeegooker because fuck you guys."


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#15 Posted on
My fave wrestling bios, in order:

1. Have a Nice Day
2. Foley is Good
3. It's Good To Be King.... Sometimes
4. Pure Dynamite
5. In The Pit With Piper
6. Broken Harts
7. Bobby the Brain
8. Hollywood Hulk Hogan
9. Exist 2 Inspire
10. The Rock Says

In the interest of full disclosure, haven't yet read the books by Angle, Chyna, Hyatt, Capetta, Moolah or Blassie (and the Diana Hart book was only shelves for something like two weeks before getting pulled).



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