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9 May 2013
Long before he became """"Hardcore Holly,"""" Robert Howard was a fighter. From humble beginnings to fame as an internationally known superstar, The Hardcore Truth tells the story of Bob's life including his 16 years working for Vince McMahon. In this rollercoaster tale of success and frustration, replete with missed opportunities, broken promises and a broken neck, Bob shares his uncompromising views on the present wrestling landscape with fascinating insights into the world leader in sports entertainment.

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: ECW PRESS (9 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770411097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770411098
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NO PUNCHES HELD 24 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
As with the man himself this book is brutal and no nonsense. He doesn't kiss a** and and exposes people like Nash, Shawn & Hall as p***** like we suspected all along. Perhaps the first ever auto to actually slate Vince Mac numerous times yet show what a genius he is in the wrestling business as well. In my top 3 alongside Bret and Road Warrior Animals book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any wrestling fan 2 Sep 2013
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This book is up there with Foley's, Hart's and Jericho's books. What it may lack in humour it easily makes up for in grit and true insight. Bob pulls none of his punches when describing what it was like to be working during the most exciting and turbulent times of WWE history.
Bob's story isn't one of instant success and overnight fame, it's an arduous journey of blood, sweat and tears with the goal of just appearing in each year's wrestlemania.
Bob has a unique opinion on pretty much every WWE superstar past and present, and while you may not sometimes agree with his views you will definitely understand where he's coming from.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardcore Honesty 7 Jun 2013
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I'm a little surprised by this book. Here I was, expecting another wrestler to not mention names, not really give any dirt or even be that honest, Bob Holly has done the exact opposite to what everyone else has done, and gives plenty of insight into what life is really like for an eternal mid-carder. He is open and honest about himself and how he wrestles, why he didn't make it big, and doesn't seem to bothered or really blame anyone too much for that. He knew his job was to make others look better and he tried to do just that. One of the best book's on wrestling I have read
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a brilliant read!! 25 Jun 2013
By Matt C
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I would recommend this book to all wrestling fans and anyone interested in finding out the truth ( most wrestling 'autobiographies' I have read have been works of fiction driven by an overinflated ego) about wrestling. It is an open and honest account of life in the wrestling business, it has a great flow and really draws you in. Hardcore Holly is one of the most underrated superstars in the business I watched him for every one of those 15 years and this book brought back some great memories as well as explaining the backstage stories behind the matches.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best wrestling book since Have A Nice Day 29 April 2013
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I really wasn't sure about this, as Bob Holly was never a favourite and his online rep is, ahem, let's just say he's never been a smarks darling. But this is a great read. It's honest, funny and genuinely interesting. He comes across as a very straightforward guy and not one trying to settle scores or suck up to anybody either. Wrestling books often fail because the writers either want to position themselves in a better light than they deserve or are too scared to name names and actually reveal what was going on. This isn't like that at all. He clearly doesn't care about offending anyone, though he isn't unduly nasty to anyone. For example, he absolutely rips HHH as a person but often states how much he respects his ring work.

He's full of insights and when you disagree with his opinion - which you will occasionally - you can at least respect it.

If you like non-kayfabe wrestling books, this is essential.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must for hardcore fans 22 Jun 2014
By Laura B
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Great read and a great insight into a wrestler I have liked for many years.
It was good to hear his take on things and read things I did not know before.
There's also some touching subjects covering other wrestlers and it's lovely to hear them spoken about honestly and by somebody who worked closely with them.
Enjoyed reading this. Well done Bob.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 4 Jun 2014
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A very interesting read that I finished in just over 4 days∑A very different view of the world of wrestling from a mid card act, worth every penny
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for any wrestling fan 27 May 2014
By Gemma A
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After reading this book I gained so much respect for Bob Holly. Even if you didn't care for him during his WWE run, give this book a try as you learn so much about the politics behind the scenes of the company during the Attitude Era.

His stories are honest - they really open your eyes and mind to the ups and downs the WWE wrestlers go through just to entertain us.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK AND GREAT DELIVERY
The book was really good, and has changed my perception of him somewhat. It was interesting to read his thoughts on key incidents about the WWF/E from the point of view of a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing!
I would definitely recommend this book which provides a really interesting view of the world of wrestling . Better than others that I've read.
Published 3 months ago by Matt Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down.
If you're a fan of wrestling and especially the attitude era you will enjoy this book. Bob Howard is as uncompromising with the truth as he was in the ring. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr A P Millership
4.0 out of 5 stars Not everyone reaches the top, This is a look from the middle of the...
Chances are, if you're thinking of reading this book, then you'll have already read other wrestling biographies by some of sports entertainments "bigger" stars. Read more
Published 3 months ago by simon norman
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Wrestling read ever!
What an amazing story by Bob Holly. One of the most candid and honest wrestling biographies I have ever read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Whichcraft
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any true wrestling fan
If growing up in the 90's and 00's like me watching WWE wrestling then you will know who Bob Holly is. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ben Daish
4.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good read
I have never really been a fan of Bob Holly but have to admit I found this book surprisingly good. If you are a fan of wrestling this is definitely worth a read.
Published 5 months ago by M. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and enjoyable!!
An honest and thought provoking look at the life and times of the writer. I was always of the opinion that he was the frustrated bully who took out his frustrations on weaker and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by ACN
5.0 out of 5 stars A special read!!
Bob tells it like it is, the book is a must read for any long time wrestling fans. He shares his experience & thoughts on being around the likes off The Big Show, Shawn Michaels,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by G. Nash
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab!
As an avid reader I try to get my boyfriend to read as much as possible in his limited free time. I've bought many books for him that I love but he's just so slow at reading! Read more
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