Wrestling Book Reviews


Wrestling Book Reviews - Just an opinion!, by Greg Tingle


As in all reviews, book reviews or otherwise, a review on a book is just an opinion, no more, no less.

Do book reviews on wrestling books have a place? You bet they do!

Often a author (who used to be a wrestler - big ego and all, will focus their book on themselves, with a "me me me" theme, and take more credit than perhaps they should.

There are of course exceptions.

Hulk Hogan's self titled book is an exception. Hogan is the first to acknowledge that Vince McMahon was as responsible as anyone for his success.

Mick Foley's books are also known to be very balanced, and one may argue that he understates his contribution to the wrestling and written world.

Dynamite Kid's "number" paints a picture on a bitter, crippled, old man, but mind you, if you we confined to a wheelchair thanks to the business you loved, you would be pissed off also.

Jim Wilson has released a book entitled 'Blackballed", which is the talk of the industry. It's been said that Wilson was an average wrestler, who didn't always do what the promoters wanted, and was subsequently blackballed from the pro wrestling business. Some think Wilson is now looking to financially capitalize on his woes, and who should blame him!

Now, let's read what some wrestlers are posting in the forum of 1WrestlingLegends.com

Rednecktaz (on wrestling books)

The book was pretty interesting and I loved getting some background on Roddy from the time I'm most familiar with him from, that being his time in the Carolinas and Georgia. He gives some pretty funny stories about his time learning his craft with Gene LeBell in LA and his "adventures" with Killer Tim Brooks in Portland, as well as traveling with Ric Flair. Piper's pretty candid about his side of his "blackballing" in the US and some of the things that went on during the Vince McMahon steroid trial. However, Piper's continued harping on the negative attributes of promoters and the fact that he was the "real" reason that "Hulkamania" was over tends to sound a bit whiny at times (but then again, I wasn't there and he was...)

It's not quite as amusing and thoughtful as Mick Foley's first book, but even before Foley retired, Mick seemed to have a sense of closure on his career and his retrospective was a positive one. However, while Piper joins Foley in my top ten list of greatest promo men of all time, Piper was a troubled youth that grew up to be a somewhat troubled adult.

Lawler's book, on the other hand, was more a series of "war stories" old without a lot of concern of accuracy of times and places. Piper's book seemed to have a sense of being unfinished business.

Just the opinion of an old mark!


Ole Anderson

The NWA promoters' meetings might have been better organized and run more effectively years ago, but I doubt it. There was always talk of the promoters blackballing wrestlers who didn't go along with their
program. In his book, Hooker, even Lou mentions being blackballed. I already told you the story about Ernie Holmes. When Ernie told me that I would have him blackballed, I just laughed, because I knew
that was a crock. None of those promoters could ever get together on anything. If a promoter called another promoter and said, "Don't use so-and-so," I never heard it. If a promoter thought someone was good enough to make him money, that was what counted. They didn't care what the other promoters said about the guy. They all thought they could handle people better than their colleagues could. When I was promoting, I had promoters calling my talent all the time, trying to persuade them to leave me and come to work for them. I had wrestlers calling me from other territories. Killer Karl Kox got me in a little trouble with Bill Watts when Kox called and said, "I want to come in and work for you." "Fine," I agreed. "After you give Watts your notice, let me know!" Karl told Bill Watts that I called him and was trying to
steal him from Bill. Bill called me and said, "You godda– son-of-a-bitch!" Of course, that was just one of the many times he did that. I was honest with him. "Bill, I never tried to steal Kox. He told me he was going to leave, so I told him to give me a call when he was finished with you. What else would you have me say to the guy?" Kox did that to work a little program with Bill, trying to squeeze more money out of him. Instead of getting $45, he might get $50. But it's hard for me to imagine that anybody was really worried about being blackballed. Was it possible that a promoter would get mad at you and say, "We're not gonna use you"? Yeah! That happened, and it happened quite often. But did the fact that Sam Muchnick wouldn't use you in St. Louis mean you couldn't get work in Los Angeles? No.

 

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