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Snacking on danger and dining on death.
on 8 September 2011
Depending on your TV viewing habits, and your knowledge of American Wrestling, you might have caught the Road Warriors on Eurosport in the days of the NWA. Or you may know them from their WWF/WWE days as the Legion Of Doom. Whichever incarnation you might remember them from, you knew that they were a take no nonsense, hit them hard and often tag team, with an uncompromising and brutal style that made you actually think for once, that this wrestling game might NOT be as fake as you thought.
Of course, now we all know the score, but the memoirs of wrestlers new and old are fascinating reads and this is one of the better ones.
Joe Laurinaitis aka Animal, tells almost all, from the beginnings of becoming a wrestler to the highs and lows that followed it. He doesn't dish dirt, so if that's what you're looking for, this isn't the book for you. What it is however is a fond recollection of his life on the road, with his tag-team partner Hawk and Paul Ellering, who was more of a manager than you may have thought.
While he quickly deals with the beginnings, the reason you're reading the book which he acknowledges, is about the wrestling and we get some nice stories, from the infamous scaffold match to wrestling at Wembley for Summerslam. We even get his version of events of how the team split and how he managed to forgive Hawk before his passing away.
I don't think this is a better book overall than say Bret Hart's or Mick Foley's, but I'd probably put it in the same league as Chris Jericho's book. My only criticism was that it was a relative quick read, but it was an entertaining one all the time while I read it.