Bloodstained Memoirs Review

Bloodstained Memoirs features exclusive interviews with an all-star pro wrestling cast of  Mick Foley, Chris Jericho, Christian Cage, Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka, Ultimo Dragon, Nora Greenwald (Molly Holly),  Keiji Muto (The Great Muta) and Rob Van Dam.

The documentary is very dated (2005) and was dubbed as “The most anticipated wrestling documentary of all-time,”  for the shocking comments made by some of the stars. While the interviews lack direction at times, there is no question that fans will be stunned by what they hear. Steroids, tragic deaths, and crooked higher-ups in the business are just a few of the interesting topics discussed.

It’s obvious that the director/filmmaker wrote down a series of questions and never  swayed away from his script, no matter what the answer was from the wrestler. Roddy Piper was definitely one of the highlights of the documentary as he gave great insight on how the industry has changed from getting ahead by being talented to scripted nonsense. He talked about wrestlers purposely hurting other wrestlers  physically and there was some juicy stuff there. That specific subject was very interesting and could have been elaborated on, but the subject is changed randomly to  Bret Hart for no reason. Other wrestlers on the DVD give some interesting insight on different subjects pertaining to wrestling, while others are lackluster. It is disappointing that Chris Jericho simply discusses Fozzy on a “wrestling” documentary and as oppose to an interview with Mick Foley, the DVD has footage of him at a book signing.

The filmmaker is clearly a fan/friend of Joe Legend (Just Joe in WWE) as he asked Christian Cage about him as opposed to interesting questions about his own career. The extras (which the DVD is jam-packed with) have Legend in other projects featuring a problem he had with a wrestler and a women of interest for Legend.

Fans of shoot wrestling DVDs will definitely want to pick this up. Despite the faults of a clear direction there is too many must-see interviews that will give even smart fans an informative look at some of their wrestling favourites. Controversial and more negative than positive towards how wrestling federations operate, the DVD will leave you wanting more.

Bloodstained Memoirs

155min

Directed by:  David Sinnott

2006

Spark Productions

Chris Jericho's 2nd autobiography Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps review

Telling your boss, “what the fuck was I suppose to do,” can get you fired, but for Chris Jericho he ended up the first ever World Wrestling Entertainment Undisputed World Champion.

In his second memoirs, Jericho picks up where he left off in A Lion’s Tale, as he made his WWE debut in 1999. This book focuses on Jericho’s WWE run until 2005 and the rise to fame for his rock band Fozzy. In the later chapters, Jericho recalls his acting career that blossomed into live theatre, an appearance on FOX’s Celebrity Duets, and getting snubbed by “fabricated fuckface” Joan Rivers.

Wrestling fans that enjoy backstage stories will not be disappointed with this read. Jericho openly talks about his problems with HHH and DX when he first started in WWE. The heat against Jericho was so bad that it led to Vince McMahon yelling, “What the fuck is your problem? You don’t have a fucking clue what you’re doing out there.” Jericho sought wisdom throughout the locker room to improve his standing in the company. In the end, it was his time with Montrealer Pat Patterson that guided Jericho to main event status.

Metalheads will enjoy the amount of indepth adventures Jericho has had as a musician. Hanging out with Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden, having Sharon Osbourne call him “stupid twats” with Zakk Wylde, and threats of bodily harm to a member of American Head Charge, are just a few of the hilarious tales Jericho has from the music scene. His time as Drunkicho really adds some excitement to the stories, one that saw him go to prison and regret his drinking ways.

The humour and sadness from the first book continue on in this sequel. What makes this one even better than the first is Jericho ending grudges with old enemies Eric Bischoff, Bill Goldberg and Danny, the one who destroyed his mother’s life. The passing of Jericho’s mom is a heartwrenching chapter, the emotions Jericho was feeling during that time are so powerful that it is hard to ever hate such a caring son again. The chapter on Chris Benoit is thankfully one Jericho did not ignore. His insight on Benoit before and after the murders was so important to mention considering the influence Benoit has had on his life.

Jericho did make a few factual errors; he wrote that he wrestled William Regal at WrestleMania X8 but it was WrestleMania X7, he won the Undisputed Championship at Vengeance not Armageddon, and at Fully Loaded 2000 Perry Saturn wrestled Eddie Guerrero with Chyna at ringside instead of Chyna versus Saturn.

As far as wrestling books go this one has it all. Controversy, triumph, tragedies, drunken escapades, a wedding, and a setup for a possible third book. Jericho has led an incredible life and met some of the most famous people in the world. From Wayne Gretzky to Ricky Gervais, Jericho admits he was and is still a fanboy when meeting a lot of his heroes. Having to tell Paul McCartney that he is “a fookin wanker” is one of many reasons why this is a must read.

Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps

By Chris Jericho and Peter Thomas Fornatale

Grand Central Publishing

Releases on Feb. 16, 2011

448 pp.

$30.99

Click here to order the book

Chris Jericho’s 2nd autobiography Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps review

Telling your boss, “what the fuck was I suppose to do,” can get you fired, but for Chris Jericho he ended up the first ever World Wrestling Entertainment Undisputed World Champion.

In his second memoirs, Jericho picks up where he left off in A Lion’s Tale, as he made his WWE debut in 1999. This book focuses on Jericho’s WWE run until 2005 and the rise to fame for his rock band Fozzy. In the later chapters, Jericho recalls his acting career that blossomed into live theatre, an appearance on FOX’s Celebrity Duets, and getting snubbed by “fabricated fuckface” Joan Rivers.

Wrestling fans that enjoy backstage stories will not be disappointed with this read. Jericho openly talks about his problems with HHH and DX when he first started in WWE. The heat against Jericho was so bad that it led to Vince McMahon yelling, “What the fuck is your problem? You don’t have a fucking clue what you’re doing out there.” Jericho sought wisdom throughout the locker room to improve his standing in the company. In the end, it was his time with Montrealer Pat Patterson that guided Jericho to main event status.

Metalheads will enjoy the amount of indepth adventures Jericho has had as a musician. Hanging out with Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden, having Sharon Osbourne call him “stupid twats” with Zakk Wylde, and threats of bodily harm to a member of American Head Charge, are just a few of the hilarious tales Jericho has from the music scene. His time as Drunkicho really adds some excitement to the stories, one that saw him go to prison and regret his drinking ways.

The humour and sadness from the first book continue on in this sequel. What makes this one even better than the first is Jericho ending grudges with old enemies Eric Bischoff, Bill Goldberg and Danny, the one who destroyed his mother’s life. The passing of Jericho’s mom is a heartwrenching chapter, the emotions Jericho was feeling during that time are so powerful that it is hard to ever hate such a caring son again. The chapter on Chris Benoit is thankfully one Jericho did not ignore. His insight on Benoit before and after the murders was so important to mention considering the influence Benoit has had on his life.

Jericho did make a few factual errors; he wrote that he wrestled William Regal at WrestleMania X8 but it was WrestleMania X7, he won the Undisputed Championship at Vengeance not Armageddon, and at Fully Loaded 2000 Perry Saturn wrestled Eddie Guerrero with Chyna at ringside instead of Chyna versus Saturn.

As far as wrestling books go this one has it all. Controversy, triumph, tragedies, drunken escapades, a wedding, and a setup for a possible third book. Jericho has led an incredible life and met some of the most famous people in the world. From Wayne Gretzky to Ricky Gervais, Jericho admits he was and is still a fanboy when meeting a lot of his heroes. Having to tell Paul McCartney that he is “a fookin wanker” is one of many reasons why this is a must read.

Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps

By Chris Jericho and Peter Thomas Fornatale

Grand Central Publishing

Releases on Feb. 16, 2011

448 pp.

$30.99

Click here to order the book