This is a very open account of her time breaking into the business, relationships, marriage, depression and let downs! Her personal style lets the reader in to see the true woman behind the facade, honest feelings and all! Some of those characters in her life will not thank her for her accounts of them, but hey, I certainly couldn't put it down!
The writing style is pretty decent and comes across more as a "talk-story" session at the coffee shop. It's very easy (and fast) to read. Many of the wrestling fans "in the know" know about Missy's legendary promiscuity which the quotes on the back cover will allude to, but to be honest, the book is "relatively" clean and not the sleezy "kiss and tell all" book you'd think it would be. Of course she does give a laundry list of sorts of the many, many men she's been with in her life, but it's nothing overly filthy. In a movie rating it would be about a PG-13.
Overall, this book is just a neat story about a pretty average girl named Melissa and the MANY cool experiences, places and people she's had, seen and met throughout her life, not only in her wrestling career, but also as a celebrity.
In the book you get:
- A quick rundown of her childhood
- Her start in the wrestling business as a "groupie"
- Her pretty messed up relationship with Jake "The Snake" Roberts
- Her relationship with "Hollywood" John Tatum
- The formation of the "Missy Hyatt" character in WCCW and her program with Sunshine and Scott Casey
- Her stay in Bill Watt's UWF and program with Jack Victory, Dark Journey and the Missing Link and great stories about Sting, Steiner and J.R.
- The cute story of her courtship, life and marriage (and eventual divorce) to the late, great "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert while in the UWF.
- Her and Eddie's travels through the Memphis territory and the CWF
- Her BRIEF stint as a WWF Superstar with "Missy's Manor" and some great tales about her meeting with Vince McMahon
- Her rocky career in the WCW with some great tales about her meeting with Ted Turner, Ric Flair and Eric Bischoff
- Her relationship with Jason Hervey (Wayne Arnold (the big brother) from the Wonder Years)
- Her many, many flings thereafter (football players, hockey players, other wrestlers...)
- Her career in ECW with the Sandman and friendship with Paul Heyman
- Her current whereabouts (current career and college, but no mention of her `adult' website).
Overall, Missy's got some GREAT stories to share about all the people and places she's been to (and been with), and met. She has tons of great stories from the road and "backstage/off-camera" anecdotes about a lot of the others in the business. Among others she shares things about are Paul E, the Freebirds, Luger, Buff Bagwell, Road Warrior Hawk, Tommy Rich, Brutus Beefcake, Dr. Tom Pritchard, Shane McMahon and a HILARIOUS story about Val Venis.
I particularly enjoyed her stories about her relationship with Eddie Gilbert, being a fan of both of their work. It's just really sad things didn't work out between them and I could sense a lot of that sadness when she talked about him. It's obvious that there were still some strong feelings there. To me, it's equally sad that Eddie never did get the big breaks he deserved in the business because he was just ultra-talented...
Overall, this is a great book to read. It definitely holds its own up against the other wrestling autobiographies of recent years (and is A LOT better than an autobiography written by some OTHER female wrestling personality earlier this year...). She comes across as honest and real and the stories she has to share are great and even pretty funny. I wish there was more to read but what she says is short, sweet and to the point. There's also tons of GREAT photos in here of Missy and some of the other great wrestlers and celebrities she's met. The book is fairly short (at 164 pages) and it reads fast. I got through it in 3 sittings, total read time about 6 hours. In sum, if you're a wrestling fan you should love and enjoy Missy Hyatt: First Lady of Professional Wrestling.
Well, in the wake of Mick "Mankind" Foley's smash Autobiographical books "Have A Nice Day!" & "Foley Is Good", Missy has penned her own story, with the help of Writers Charles Salzberg & Mark Goldblatt. I was expecting a sleazy bedroom tell-all, and what I got couldn't have been farther from that. It's actually a rather tame book, and Missy comes across as a sweet girl who led a somewhat wild life. She breaks the book down into brief chapters revolving around her tenures with the various Wrestling organizations (WCCW, WCW, UWF, WWF, ECW, etc.), and tells some wickedly funny stories about some of the people she met and worked with. There are a few sex-partner stories, but they don't get into explict detail. (She does tell VERY funny anecdotes about Ric Flair, Val Venis, and The Freebirds in particular.) She's got a pretty good sense of humor, and reading the book is almost like meeting an old friend you haven't seen in years and hearing an summary of what they've been up to. Unfortunately, Missy doesn't mention her recent foray into soft-core internet sites...
The book is VERY short; I'd estimate it only took a few hours to read. But when I was done, I wished it had been longer. It's a fun read, and the book is loaded with pictures, both color & black-and-white. Wrestling fans will have a ball reading this book.
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