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« on: January 19, 2009, 06:58:01 PM »

I know there are some good ones and bad ones out there.

Bobby Heenans books are good.

"wrestlers are like seagulls " By J.J. Dillion is a good one.

Bert Hart and Chris Jerico also have good books out.
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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2009, 09:00:51 PM »

Mick Foley's books are also great.

I've been meaning to get the books you listed, Karl.
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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2009, 09:01:33 PM »

Mick Foley's books are also great.

I've been meaning to get the books you listed, Karl.

They are good
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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2009, 09:02:20 PM »

Any of you read Diana Hart's book? I don't know how much of it is true, but there was some crazy stuff in there.
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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2009, 10:13:57 PM »

The WWE books seem very censored except for Batistas
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« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2009, 10:16:01 PM »

Any of you read Diana Hart's book? I don't know how much of it is true, but there was some crazy stuff in there.

I heard it's bull shit
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« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2009, 07:41:33 AM »

I have Stone Cold's book.- pretty interesting read.
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I have Foley's first book on audio
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« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2009, 08:08:44 AM »

Ring of Hell was a good book, but you have to take it with a grain of salt IMO.
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« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2009, 11:19:50 AM »

The death of WcW is a pretty good read as is Dave Meltzers tributes books which are bascially books that cover the lives of past wrestlers from Bruiser Brody, Owen Hart, Davey Boy Smith and also Brian Billman and Rick Rude.

Very much worth a read.
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« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2009, 11:36:22 PM »

Wrestling with out shadows / DVD.
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« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2009, 12:06:33 AM »

RIC Flair - To be the man
Jerry Lawler - Its Good to be King
Bret Hart's book and Mick Foleys First book "have a nice day"

These are required reading for any true fan
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« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2009, 09:10:48 PM »

Shawn Michaels also has a book out. I've read a few chapters. It's ok not great
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« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2009, 06:53:04 AM »

"Bobby the Brain: Wrestling’s Bad Boy Tells All" by Ray Heenan
"Chair Shots" also by Heenan
"In the Pit With Piper" by Roddy Piper
"I Ain’t Got Time to Bleed" by Jesse Ventura
"Pure Dynamite" by Tom Billington (a.k.a. Dynamite Kid)
"Have a Nice Day" by Mick Foley

I tend to gravitate towards books NOT authored by current stars, as they tend to sugarcoat and kiss ass to maintain good business relationships.

Every book is slanted and biased one way or another, but Heenan’s seem to be the fairest.
He doesn’t want to work anymore, has a good relationship with the McMahon’s, but doesn’t rely on anyone for anything, so there’s no ass kissing. And his writing style is hillarious.

Piper – in typical Hot Rod fashion – writes a good bit of his book in character, which is a bit irritating at times (such as when he wrestles the bear). At the time he was not working for Vince, and had some very nasty things to say about him. Of course a few months later Vince booked him in an tag team angle with Flair.

Jesse Ventura’s book deals with a lot of politics, as he wrote it while serving as Governor of MN. His wrestling memoirs are pretty interesting.

Dynamite Kid is extremely candid and lets loose on everyone and everything, especially his cousin Davey Boy. Dyno worked the wildly popular 80’s and has lots of stories focusing on cocaine, steroids, pain killers, etc. Lots of accounts of working in Japan, Canada, and WWF.
Talks in depth about Vince, the Harts, Davey Boy Smith, Brutus Beefcake, Macho Man & Elizabeth, Tiger Mask (Sayama), and a whole slew of others.
This is my favorite book.

 
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« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2009, 10:38:08 AM »

Great book for me titled the heels.More history on the buisness the way it is suppose to be.
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« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2009, 10:39:29 AM »

Great book for me titled the heels.More history on the buisness the way it is suppose to be.

I have read most of that my old man is in there
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« Reply #15 on: September 27, 2010, 12:50:34 PM »

To the guys that have read a lot of them, I've only read Hogan's book and want to read more, call it nostalgia.. I've read all the bad boy rock books out there ie. hammer of the gods, slash's book, nikki sixx heroin diaries, etc.

what are the best wrestling books out there? which ones are boring and which oness are full of good stuff?

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« Reply #16 on: September 27, 2010, 01:00:38 PM »

Pure Dynamite - by Tom “Dynamite Kid” Billington

Bobby the Brain: Wrestling’s Bad Boy Tells All - by Bobby Heenan (very entertaining read; esp if you like Heenan)

I Ain’t Got Time To Bleed - by Jesse Ventura

Both of Mick Foley’s autobiographies, but especially the first one

In the Pit With Piper - by Roddy Piper (I have mixed feelings about this one)

Hitman - by Bret Hart


There are others, but these are among my favorites.
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« Reply #17 on: September 27, 2010, 01:01:13 PM »

To the guys that have read a lot of them, I've only read Hogan's book and want to read more, call it nostalgia.. I've read all the bad boy rock books out there ie. hammer of the gods, slash's book, nikki sixx heroin diaries, etc.

what are the best wrestling books out there? which ones are boring and which oness are full of good stuff?

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Bret Hart's book & Dynamite Kid's book are good. They both get into the juicy stuff behind the curtain including drugs, partying, women, politics, etc.
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« Reply #18 on: September 27, 2010, 01:07:18 PM »

Awesome! thanks for the prompt reply guys Smiley

going to Indigo to grab them! I love the behind the scenes stuff, way more actually then the in ring stuff..

I got this idea after I read that Animal was writing a book.
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« Reply #19 on: September 27, 2010, 01:51:57 PM »

Flair's book is a good read too.
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« Reply #20 on: September 27, 2010, 02:56:38 PM »

Flair's book is a good read too.


Does he write any of it in character?
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« Reply #21 on: September 27, 2010, 03:17:06 PM »

Bobby Heenan's book was a fun read, too.  Hitman is my favorite of the past several years, though.
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« Reply #22 on: September 27, 2010, 03:28:44 PM »

Bobby Heenan's book was a fun read, too.  Hitman is my favorite of the past several years, though.


Which one did you read?
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« Reply #23 on: September 27, 2010, 08:51:22 PM »


Both of Mick Foley’s autobiographies, but especially the first one


Foley's first book is the standard.

Piper's was good at showing how the promoters manipulate wrestlers.
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« Reply #24 on: September 28, 2010, 04:04:35 AM »

Bobby Heenan's book was a fun read, too.  Hitman is my favorite of the past several years, though.
Anything Bobby Heenan does is gold.
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