The Best in the World: At What I Have No Idea review


A 12-million dollar bounty on his head, a prostitute offering to drain his balls, how he ended up in an unsecured war zone in Al-Qaeda, Chris Jericho’s 3rd autobiography is another controversial exciting adventure.

Entitled, The Best in the World: At What I Have No Idea, picks up where Jericho left off in Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps. Making his big return with disappointing fanfare. After getting a “You fucked up!” chant in Madison Square Garden against JBL, Jericho decided it was time to reinvent himself. No more jokes, no more interviewing WWE Superstars on his Highlight Reel show, and no more dressing like a rock star.

Inspired by the villain in No Country for Old Men and WWE Hall-of-Famer Nick Bockwinkel, Jericho created his new persona, The Best in the World. Jericho, along with Peter Thomas Fornatale, write in detail how the fans should react. In short, “I wanted them to boo the shit out of me.”

Creating one of the greatest feuds in WWE history against Shawn Michaels with his new character came with a heavy price. Michaels bleed so much in one of their matches causing blood to be banned from WWE. According to Jericho, he accidentally hit Michaels’ wife so hard in the face it resulted in some dramatic tension backstage. Getting nailed by a Duracell D battery eventually led to fans throwing glow sticks that hit a kid in attendance and arguing with management afterwards. However, Jericho was rewarded for his hard work with another reign as World Heavyweight Champion.

It is incredible how much amazing tales are in this book. His WWE run up till Royal Rumble 2013, his adventures touring the world and meeting music legends with his band Fozzy, his 15 minutes of fame on Dancing With The Stars that nearly ended his wrestling career. Just a small sample of the must-read content. Unfortunately, there is no mention of his 2010 arrest in Kentucky or his rumored affair with former WWE Diva Kelly Kelly. His international incidents in Vancouver and Brazil are mentioned though.

The best part of this read is the conversations between Jericho and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. At times they are just yelling coarse language at each other in furious shouting matches. Jericho’s portray of McMahon and the happenings behind-the-scenes will shock many fans. Some will laugh for years to come.

The Best in the World: At What I Have No Idea

by Chris Jericho with Peter Thomas Fornatale

432 pp.

30 Years of WrestleMania book review


The heart-pounding excitement of the grandest spectacle in WWE, WrestleMania, is captured throughout the 30 Years of WrestleMania book with jaw-dropping photos and features on key superstars who became legendary.

Every match, every moment, recaptured with a summary of every WrestleMania that took place. If you did not know the gamble Vince McMahon put his company through and how WrestleMania revolutionized the world of pro wrestling, you are about to find out.

Hulkamania running wild for the first nine Manias, Undertaker winning 21 straight matches, the rise of the John Cena era, so many iconic moments went down at the event known as “The Granddaddy of Them All.”

Main event matches and special attractions such as the Money in The Bank match, Ric Flair VS. Shawn Michaels, The Rock n’ Sock Connection VS. Evolution, are given more words and space likely to help illustrate to the reader the main selling points of a particular Mania. The rare comments from the superstars give you a new in-depth look on a match. Kevin Nash criticizing the decision-making behind WrestleMania X8 is shocking to read. There was evidently a considerable amount of time put into the quality of every page.

Although it’s only a little over 200 pages, vast amounts of history is covered. An incredible nostalgia trip for die-hard fans. Thankfully, this is an uncensored look at the history of WrestleMania. Blood is shown, Divas wrestling in their bra and panties is recaptured, even Chris Benoit and his accomplishments are mentioned and highlighted. Pre-show matches were not covered.

Also included in the book is every Hall of Fame inductee since WWE started it in 1993. A look at the start and success of WrestleMania Axxess is given a quick two-page spread. HHH’s 18 matches also got a two-page spread while Undertaker’s streak got four pages.

30 Years of WrestleMania

Written by Brian Shields & Dean Miller

DK Books

224 pp.

Released Sept. 15, 2014

 

The Official Fight Promoter Playbook review


Creating a million or billion dollar sports franchise from scratch is daunting yet in the fight world Tony Shultz believes the market is ripe for the taking in his new book, The Official Fight Promoter Playbook.

Shultz, who has been around boxing since he was eight years old, has released his second of five book series. This is considered the blueprints to creating your own fight promotion as Shultz gives you every bit of information, seating charts, sponsorship proposals, forms, and much more. Who you need to get, who you have to deal with, the supplies you need, it’s all covered. The information is the same used by top Vegas fight promoters today.

Before you are looking through the blueprints, Shultz gives you guidelines, motivation, and strategies in order to make your business successful. Shultz stresses market research and social media awareness as vital for getting your fan base established. This section feels generic to any business starting up but all are necessary and needs to be taken into consideration if you are truly serious about this. Less than 20 pages, but a part of the book that is just as important as the rest.

Besides the important data contained in this read, Shultz states you also need fighters. He could easily write another book on trying to pull that off. Creating new stars has become a major problem in all forms of combat. Shultz gives an example of a home team and how they are able to sell out. Creating a hero or heroes along with villains is a great way to spark interest, but you also need fighters that deliver what fans are craving. Easier said than done.

If you have aspirations to get into the fight game business you are helping yourself greatly by picking this up. So many mistakes and blunders can be avoided by having this by your side.

WWE 50 book review

9781465419231Jam-packed with powerful, funny, emotional, and sexy photography on nearly every page best describes WWE 50, the new read from DK Books chronicling the vast history of the sports entertainment empire.

Written by Kevin Sullivan (not the wrestler) with large photos and quotes from WWE staff and Superstars from all the eras to tell the tale. Sullivan does a considerable amount of storytelling when introducing key moments in WWE history. The Early Years, National Expansion, Hulkamania, Wrestlemania, The New Generation, and so on. The pictures are visually stunned with over 1,000 Superstars. All WWE Pay-Per-View posters until Extreme Rules 2013 are shown on the first and last pages.

Special graphics are featured in certain sections. There is a ratings timeline graphic for the entire Monday Night Wars. Cards of the 1960s with results to the shows included. A tribute page is given for Owen Hart. Chris Benoit and the tragedy with his family is also surprisingly mentioned with Pat Patterson commenting on it. Each WrestleMania is retold with all the results given with at least one quote from someone involved with that particular show.

This is not your usual WWE history book as there is a lot of Thence moments addressed. The steroid scandal where Linda McMahon was scared for her husband’s safety. “Vince said, ‘If I go to prison, I’ll never come out alive. They’ll kill me when I’m in there.'” A-Team star Mr. T getting an employee fired from WWE. “In my opinion, and I’ve told him this to his face, Mr. T was the most unprofessional piece of work I have ever had the displeasure of being associated with,” says Mean Gene Okerlund. This is only just a taste of shocking comments you will discover.

A great backlog of WWE memories for long-time fans and educational for newer fans. If you have watched the WWE 50 Blu-ray or DVD you will find a lot of the same material covered, but there’s a different feeling watching and reading about WWE. Personally find this a great way to rekindle interest in WWE matches or segments before trying to find them and relive it again on the WWE Network, when that finally comes to Canada.

Disappointed there was not a section for Superstars of the early 2000s and Superstars of today. I, like many, wish certain Superstars and certain aspects were highlighted, however, the amount of quality and quantity is so great it is difficult to complain. In the end this is a great buy for any wrestling fan, casual or smart.

WWE 50

DK Books

Written by Kevin Sullivan

226 pp.

$26.00

Find it here

 

 

 

 

Wrestling With the Devil by Lex Luger

 

bookOnce a role model for children across America, pro wrestling star Lex Luger nearly destroyed his career and himself in a cesspool of drugs, alcohol, narcissism, women, he was Wrestling With the Devil.

Born Lawrence ‘Larry’ Pfohl, Luger starts his autobiography off explaining his childhood. In the fourth grade he was the fastest kid in school and the best all-around athlete. He came from a strict family, although he got into a lot of trouble. One day when he was caught stealing, his father wanted him locked up in a cell and for the key to be thrown away.

Despite his father’s demands of him not playing football in high school, he did so anyways and was highly touted as a top prospect for college ball, ended up in Penn State. After getting transferred to Miami, Luger’s wild attitude ended up catching up to him and he was kicked off the team. He eventually ended up playing in the Canadian Football League for the Montreal Alouettes.

Luger had a tremendous physique throughout his early life, but the downtime he suffered forced him to take steroids for the first time in order to get his weight up in time for the CFL season. After being released on waivers, Luger kept pushing to get into the National Football League, but suffered an injury training with the Green Bay Packers.

After a meeting with Bob Roop, Luger began his wrestling training. Luger does skip through a lot of his career only highlighting key moments, such as his first match, joining the Four Horsemen, his World Championship wins, and his feud with Yokozuna in WWE. As a wrestling fan you’ll be left wanting more, his feud with Tantanka, his feud/tag team with Paul Wight aka Big Show, explicit details on his affair with Miss Elizabeth that cost him his marriage.

However, you still get a lot of amazing stories. Hulk Hogan yelling at him for breaking character when he jumped from WWE to WCW, Bret Hart getting him addicted to a drug, telling Sting that he keeps his shape by taking vodka and M & M’s, and much more is told. Sting’s foreword makes a lot sense after reading that.

For all the negative dark stories Luger tells, the last few chapters he finally finds redemption. With help from his friend Sting and others with faith, Luger is able to battle through his addictions, getting arrested for steroids, and a spinal stroke that nearly ended his life. Luger believes his faith kept him alive and keeps him going to this day.

Luger’s story is one that is difficult to put down as he has lived an extraordinaire life, filled with excitement, comedy, sadness, conflict, he tried to live life to it’s fullest and kept striving for greatness. For wrestling fans this will feel a lot like Brock Lesnar’s book Death Clutch, great stories but incomplete. If you don’t know anything about Lex Luger this read is highly recommended, it’s a story that should be known.

Wrestling with the Devil; The True Story of a World Champion Professional Wrestler – His Reign, Ruin, and Redemption

by Lex Luger with John D. Hollis

Tyndale Publishers

248 pp.

Released on Aug. 13, 2013

Johnny North

Wrestling The Hulk: My Life Against The Ropes by Linda Hogan book review

Wrestling The Hulk: My Life Against The Ropes

Wrestling superhero Hulk Hogan gave his side of the nasty divorce he and his wife Linda went through and now Linda strikes back in a shocking and revealing autobiography, Wrestling The Hulk: My Life Against The Ropes.

Wrestling The Hulk: My Life Against The Ropes, details Linda’s first encounter with The Hulkster, how he wooed her by coming out of the bathroom completely naked, their wild sex each time Hogan came back from the road, and the paranoia Linda went through when Hogan became distant and always away on long workouts or trips.

Linda opens up on The Hulk cheating on her during his WCW run where Hulk was being accused of sexual battery of Kate Kennedy, who was involved in Hulk’s short-lived PastaMania business. Linda explains how Hulk kicked out her parents and sat her down on the couch and blew smoke in her face. Hulk turned the anger he was venting towards her as she believes in order to make him not look so terrible when he revealed that he cheated on their marriage. A belief that Linda suspected for quite some time, but never had any proof up until that point.

While Linda does talk a bit about her childhood upbringing and losing her virginity when she was a young teen, her most interesting stories are the ones she shared with Hulk. The book is primarily explaining how her relationship destroyed her in many ways and how she fought through Hulk’s controlling ways. Even with children and a reality show on VH1, the marriage could not be saved due to their differences.

Linda does give Hulk his dues when to came to being the best in the squared circle and being a dad at times, but for the most part she believes Hulk was out to destroy her by the end, forcing her to go to rehab and turning her own children against her. She believes Brutus The Barber Beefcake was a horrible influence because he had a new stripper with him almost all the time. Following a second relationship that Hulk started before they even got divorce, Linda decided that it was time to finally move on with her life and a new younger man.

Considering how terrible of a person and a mother Hulk made Linda look in his 2009 book, it is no wonder that Linda was going to fire back and tarnish the image of Hulk. Was the book a lot of revenge or was it a way to vent out all the frustrations Linda was putting up with for the majority of her adult life? Linda comes off as scared, but is also able to turn around and wipe her emotions clean when need be. Clearly Linda wanted to get back at a lot of Hulk’s damaging statements, but there is so much emotional anigush she went through that it is hard to belive Hulk was a saint to her.

Money starts to pay a big factor as they aged and stopped sleeping in the same bed as each other. Linda complained that even when they were together it was just sex no love-making. The inability to talk to her husband eventual pushed her into the arms of another man who was willing to listen and care for her.

Wrestling fans can piece together a fair idea of what went wrong in the Hogan family with both books from Hulk and Linda. The remains of a once powerful empire can find a home in the laps of those looking for juicy, shocking and dramatic couple splits.

Wrestling The Hulk: My Life Against The Ropes

By Linda Hogan

Harper Collins

Released on Jun. 20, 2011

256 pp.

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Wrestling The Hulk: My Life Between The Ropes by Linda Hogan book review


Wrestling superhero Hulk Hogan gave his side of the nasty divorce he and his wife Linda went through and now Linda strikes back in a shocking and revealing autobiography, Wrestling The Hulk: My Life Between The Ropes.

Wrestling The Hulk: My Life Between The Ropes, details Linda’s first encounter with The Hulkster, how he wooed her by coming out of the bathroom completely naked, their wild sex each time Hogan came back from the road, and the paranoia Linda went through when Hogan became distant and always away on long workouts or trips.

Linda opens up on The Hulk cheating on her during his WCW run where Hulk was being accused of sexual battery of Kate Kennedy, who was involved in Hulk’s short-lived PastaMania business. Linda explains how Hulk kicked out her parents and sat her down on the couch and blew smoke in her face. Hulk turned the anger he was venting towards her as she believes in order to make him not look so terrible when he revealed that he cheated on their marriage. A belief that Linda suspected for quite some time, but never had any proof up until that point.

While Linda does talk a bit about her childhood upbringing and losing her virginity when she was a young teen, her most interesting stories are the ones she shared with Hulk. The book is primarily explaining how her relationship destroyed her in many ways and how she fought through Hulk’s controlling ways. Even with children and a reality show on VH1, the marriage could not be saved due to their differences.

Linda does give Hulk his dues when to came to being the best in the squared circle and being a dad at times, but for the most part she believes Hulk was out to destroy her by the end, forcing her to go to rehab and turning her own children against her. She believes Brutus The Barber Beefcake was a horrible influence because he had a new stripper with him almost all the time. Following a second relationship that Hulk started before they even got divorce, Linda decided that it was time to finally move on with her life and a new younger man.

Considering how terrible of a person and a mother Hulk made Linda look in his 2009 book, it is no wonder that Linda was going to fire back and tarnish the image of Hulk. Was the book a lot of revenge or was it a way to vent out all the frustrations Linda was putting up with for the majority of her adult life? Linda comes off as scared, but is also able to turn around and wipe her emotions clean when need be. Clearly Linda wanted to get back at a lot of Hulk’s damaging statements, but there is so much emotional anigush she went through that it is hard to belive Hulk was a saint to her.

Money starts to pay a big factor as they aged and stopped sleeping in the same bed as each other. Linda complained that even when they were together it was just sex no love-making. The inability to talk to her husband eventual pushed her into the arms of another man who was willing to listen and care for her.

Wrestling fans can piece together a fair idea of what went wrong in the Hogan family with both books from Hulk and Linda. The remains of a once powerful empire can find a home in the laps of those looking for juicy, shocking and dramatic couple splits.

Wrestling The Hulk: My Life Between The Ropes

By Linda Hogan

HarperCollins

Released on Jun. 20, 2011

256 pp.
Wrestling the Hulk: My Life Against the Ropes

 

Jesse James American Outlaw autobiography review

Cheating on Sandra Bullock, a troubled childhood, security work for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, being a reality TV star and so much more explored in the autobiography, Jesse James American Outlaw.

While James is descriptive and detailed on many of his early life experiences, breaking the heart of ‘American’s Sweetheart’ is short and mostly vague on the reasoning.

James starts off the book taking his children to school trying to shield them from the paparazzi. James quickly reminisces on how growing up in a troubled abusive home made him into a young thief that eventually started to steal cars and rob stores. James did not let anyone walk over him as he nearly beat to death the senior quarterback when he first joined the squad. James was not a bully, but his friend Bobby pushed him into evil deeds.

After winning the heart of the first love of his life, Rhonda, James was slowly on his way to making to play football in college. However, Bobby sold out James on one of their heists and James went to juvie instead, losing all his scholarships and acceptance opportunities. James went through a dark period in this time. However, he battled on and used the skills he learned in life to survive.

Following meeting the right people, James was doing security work for punk bands and alternative bands like Nirvana. After meeting his first wife Karla, James soon found his true passion–making choppers and creating a business of it.

James became too involved in his reality show, Monster Garage, and soon lost his marriage. James did find love again with porn star Janine Lindemulder and added another child to the two he had with Karla. However, his marriage with Lindemulder was highlighted with screaming matches, lies and a tragical violent end. Although James said he was not looking to marry for a third time, when Bullock stepped into his life he could not stop thinking about her.

Fans of James’ reality TV show career and those interested in his troubled early life will love this book as the real dirt and shocking material is focusing on those subjects. Fans looking for why he ruined his marriage to Bullock will be disappointed as in the end he gives poor excuses in order to repair his damaged reputation. No details or conversations are mentioned with the first or other women he slept with. The lack of information at the end is very surprising considering how in-depth he is on the rest of his life and how he seemed to mature from his rebellious ways.

Jesse James American Outlaw

By Jesse James with Sam Benjamin

Simon and Schuster

www.simonandschuster.ca

Released on May 3, 2011

368 pp.

$29.99

Click here for more info

Brock Lesnar Death Clutch book review

Manhandling Frank Mir “like a bitch,” overcoming student hardships to win an NCAA title, and not letting Vince McMahon treat him like “a low-life jerk-off,” are reasons why Brock Lesnar is the Baddest Dude on the Planet.

For the first and perhaps only time, Lesnar opens up with Paul Heyman co-writing on his personal life in his memoirs Death Clutch: My Story of Determination, Domination, and Survival.

Lesnar explains how it was tough growing up poor on a farm in South Dakota. Lesnar dispels the rumours that he grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth, however credits his parents a lot for helping him early in life. Lesnar explains how he changed from a scrawny kid to a larger than life heavyweight in his college days.

Following his spectacular double overtime victory for the NCAA Heavyweight Championship in amateur wrestling, WWE talent scout Gerald Brisco saw Lesnar and signed him to the biggest WWE development deal of all-time, or at least from what they told him. After telling the WWE that “If you want me to get better, then you need to put me in the ring with better people!” WWE brought Lesnar to the main roster where he went on a path of destruction with Heyman.

The difficult road schedule and the politics of the WWE environment eventually started to wear down “The Next Big Thing.” Lesnar admits to drinking a bottle of vodka a day and taking a couple hundred pills of Vicodin became his only way to numb the pain he was going through, especially after he got a concussion from the Shooting Star Press at WrestleMania 19. Lesnar openly says that WWE pushed him to do the move even though he thought it was a dumb idea.

Lesnar did not want to become like Curt Hennig or Ric Flair, he wanted out and he wanted to move on. A major motorcycle accident stopped him from going further in his NFL career, but after a bitter contract dispute with WWE, Lesnar jumped the barricade at an Ultimate Fighting Championship event and got Dana White’s attention. Right away Lesnar said he wanted to face the best and he got to face the best. To those tradition MMA fans that believe he got a title shot too quickly he says, “Screw them.”

A lot of stories especially when it comes wrestling are not mentioned because Lesnar cannot remember thanks to all the drug and alcohol abuse he went through. While Lesnar is brief with a lot of his stories, fans still get an honest and aggressive opinion from the former UFC Heavyweight Champion. Bullying around the Big Show, questioning the honesty of The Rock and Kurt Angle, and criticizing Vince McMahon for the way he treats his superstars. Wrestling fans get more than enough shocking and bunt opinions from Lesnar.

Haters of Lesnar will only look at this book and find they were always right about how he was born with a wicked spirit. Lesnar sums himself up quite nicely though, “You can call it ego, or cockiness, or arrogance, or anything else you want, but I’m used to being in control. Some people were meant to lead, others were meant to follow. I was born to take charge. It’s not only what I do, it’s who I am.”

Death Clutch: My Story of Determination, Domination, and Survival

By Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman

HarperCollins Canada

224 pp.