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Keith , Scott
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7 Nov 2008
In the first book of its kind, wrestling journalist Scott Keith offers an in-depth look at the Hart family ""curse"" that has left all the Stampede Wrestling alumnae either crippled or dead. The recent tragic murder-suicide of Chris Benoit and his family was only the latest in a string of disasters that have dogged Stampede Wrestling, operated by the Calgary-based Hart family. Were these deaths preventable or inevitable? How did a sport famous for showmanship and entertainment become overrun by rampant drug use, depravity and greed?

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: ECW PRESS (7 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806530685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806530680
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 556,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real eye opener 1 Dec 2010
I was curious when I saw this book, as to what exactly it was about. Obviously I knew it touched on the Chris Benoit tragedy, but the Hart Family Curse??
It arrived within a couple of days of being ordered and I have to say, I have been reading it all afternoon and am finding it pretty impossible to put down.
Having watched WWF/WWE/WCW from it first being televised here, I was knew a lot of the wrestling fraternity from different stables. But what I didn't know was the extent of Stu Hart's involvement with the wrestling community. To sit there and read about what they went through being trained by him, and the eventual demise of almost each and every wrestler who passed through his doors was a real eye opener.
I am finding this book impossible to put down, and although it might seem morbid to be reading about the passing of so many wrestlers from one particular stable, it is an eye opener to how each one of them fared in the big bad world of pro wrestling, the drugs, steroid use, these are things which were wide spread but never talked about until the Chris Benoit case.
Although it touches on Chris Benoits career and private life, and obviously what led to the tragedy, it doesn't sensationalise it, it is pretty matter of fact. I think that maybe the Benoit tragedy has opened up a can of worms the wrestling world didn't really want opened. It could be said it could well be the wrestling world's Pandora's Box.
I'm sure there will be people who say that there are better books, I'll admit, but this book really should be among the top books on the world of pro wrestling I've read in a while. People we watched, who passed and who maybe will have been forgotten, have their stories told.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Whilst giving an insight into the saga of the Chris Benoit murder/suicide, this book also delves into the deaths surrounding wrestlers involved in the Hart family Dungeon. Having spent several years in a country that did not show wrestling, I was amazed to discover that many of the wrestlers no longer seen on our screens had in fact died. If you follow the professional wrestling scene, and have done so many years, I recommend you read this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars On the fence ... 25 Nov 2010
I dont really know what to make of this book. I basically bought it because i'm a huge fan of the Hart family and the whole "family curse" thing really intrigued me. I was also quite a big fan of Chris Benoit when i was younger so i thought it might be interesting to find out more about his "end".
However this book really didnt tell me more about the Chris Benoit story than i already knew and the sections on the Hart family are all covered in Bret Harts book, which i've already read (and is a much better read!)

This book is basically about the mortality rates in wrestling and how they could have been avoided. The majority of the book it about wrestlers who have met there end through drug related deaths over the years and trying to link then back to Stampede wrestling and Stu Hart. This however didnt really work as most of the wrestlers mentioned had never worked for the Hart family or been involved with them in any way as far as i could tell ...

Overall i did find this book interesting (and slightly disturbing), but i was hoping for abit more about Chris Benoit and the Hart family as the title suggested it would be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unbiased overview 9 Nov 2009
A solid insight into the darker side of pro wrestling and some of it's victims. The primary focus is on Benoit, however there are accounts of other deceased stars such as LOD Hawk, Brian Pillman and Davey Boy Smith. Well written, entertaining style which offers a totally unbiased view on the industry as a whole.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Arrived very quickly, excellent 19 Nov 2009
I enjoyed this book, but it didn't tell me much I didn't already know. Instead, it spent a lot of time very briefly recapping the careers of wrestlers whilst only tenuously dealing with how and not at all why they wound down.

It does present some shocking statistics but overall, not nearly as good as Matthew Randazzo's book Ring of Hell.
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