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Pure Dynamite: The Price You Pay for Wrestling Stardom Paperback – Oct 2001


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  • Paperback: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Winding Stair Press (Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553660846
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553660842
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 441,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Humble beginnings in England, to warm family atmosphere of the Hart Foundation in Calgary, Canada, to heights of success with the WWF, Tom Billington wrestled all the big names, including Andre the Giant, Hulk Hogan, and Mick "Cactus Jack" Foley.

Now, scar tissue and memories are all he has to show for sixteen years in the game.

Pure Dynamite is a blow by blow account of Tom Billington's career, who wrestled solo as the Dynamite kid and with Davey Boy Smith as the world-champion tag team, the British Bulldogs. Confined to a wheel chair as a result of damage to his back and legs, years of steroid use have also done serious damage to Billington's heart and personal life. Pure Dynamite is as much a cautionary tale as it is a fairytale. Painfully candid, The Kid's story takes all the gloss off professional wrestling. The price you pay for wrestling stardom? Just as Tom Billington.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "kidcahill" on 28 Jan. 2004
If you are a life long fan of wrestling like me then you know that without Dynamite Kid we wouldn't have the likes of Jericho, Benoit and other wrestlers like that today. This is possibly the best wrestling auto biography I've ever read, if not the best biography. It's purely honest no b.s. He gives his views on everything from english wrestling to Stu Hartes wrestling promptions to the WWF and Vince McMahon and Japan. I was a big fan of dynamite kid before i read this book now I am an even bigger fan. Hear it from the original British Bulldog.
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Pure Dynamite: The Price You Pay for Wrestling Stardom.

By 'Former British Bulldog' Tom Billington, with Alison Coleman

Published by Winding Stair Press.

Released February 2001 (Second edition).

201 Pages, paperback.

Horrible sadist or sufferer of 'roid rage? Small man syndrome bully or evil genius prankster? Bitter former wrestler or passionate brutally honest former wrestler? You decide when you purchase and read this explosive squared circle self told story. Picking up a plethora of recognitions from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter such as a 5 Star Match with Tiger Mask (Satoru Sayama), Match of the Year with Tiger Mask, Tag-Team of the Year as the British Bulldogs, an inductee of the Hall of Fame, and in 1984 alone Best Technical & High Flyer wrestler and the Best Wrestling Manoeuvre for the Power Clean Dropkick. The Dynamite Kid would also win championships world wide from Canada to Japan, to the U.S. Of A and England. The more notable titles were the WWF (World Wrestling Federation, now WWE) World Tag-Team belts with Davey Boy Smith, the NWA International Junior Heavyweight strap, and the Stampede North American Heavyweight championship all in a respectable 13 year career.

Tom Billington, the Dynamite Kid starts with a brief introduction to his upbringing. What it was like to be one of, if not the smallest kid in his neighbourhood. The paths both his father and grandfather had taken in physical combat sports, which would ultimately lead a young Tom into taking up boxing and getting into a lot of fights as a youngster following his dad's mantra. At the age of 12 he would find himself being taught how to wrestle by Ted Betley, before being sent on to various notorious shooters including a short stop at Riley's Gym A.K.A.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By hendo@gerard23.fsnet.co.uk on 4 Nov. 2001
At first when I bought this book I didn't think much of it. As I started to read the book I really started to enjoy it. The writer talks about wrestling and what people go through to be a wrestling star. The fact that they put their bodies on the line all the time just to entertain the crowd and yet they earn scratch. Read his real life storie of how he wanted to become a wrestler and what he had to go through to acheive his dream. But did he follow his dream in the end after much determination? I'm not going to tell you, you'll have to buy this book and find out. Believe me its the best book I've read so far. You'll love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "hemanrules" on 11 Sept. 2003
What can i say about this book, but pure brilliant, a great read for any true wrestling fan, and a fan of one of the best wrestlers to ever lace up the boots. A story of a man who lived the high life and loved it but paid for it and he wouldn't change a thing, the best wrestling book by far.
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By Saturnicus VINE VOICE on 11 April 2007
This is the best wrestling book I have ever read. It is not one that you want to lay down. It gives a glorious insight to the amount of stick wrestlers have to take to make a living and the pain they suffer not only physically. Tom walked away from his wife and children leaving them everything and returned to the UK with the same amount he had started out with thirteen years earlier, rather than see his children suffer. He is now confined to a wheelchair as a result of injuries with which he had struggled on over the years. His career was short in wrestling terms, but he gave his all. I wish him well and thank him for this outstanding book.

I thoroughly recommend it
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gem on 31 July 2002
I became a fan of the wwf after Tommy left so although I knew of him, and had seen a few of his wwf ppv's, I was never really a fan.
If you buy the book don't expect much about his life outside the business, it's clear from the begining that wrestling was his life, which only make's it all the more tragic when he eventually becomes crippled by the demands of the industry he lived for. It's not a lot of laughs, but buy it for the inside story on Davey and Tommy.
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By freddy1984 on 15 Nov. 2014
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I've always had a fascination with The Dynamite Kid Tommy Billington. Probably the greatest in ring performer of all time. Nobody could do it quite like Dynamite. His matches against Tiger Mask in Japan are an art form! He also had some serious demons which all makes for a fascinating story. If you watched wrestling in the 80's and early 90's this is a must read.
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