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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative.
An interesting read, sometimes repetitive and at times could stand to go into more detail. The author has no love of the WWE and could, I felt, be rather ascorbic at times. However, given the recent Benoit tragedy, the book may be especially relevant as it spends a lot of time on steroid and drug abuse. It does not run short on eye openers and scandal. At times a...
Published on 18 Aug 2007 by Saturnicus

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3.0 out of 5 stars Wrestling Babylon: Interesting, but not enough.
Wrestling Babylon is a series of articles regarding pro wrestling written over a long period of years by Irvin Muchnick that have been put together to form this book which bills itself as 'piledriving tales of drugs, sex, death and scandal'. Muchnick's grandfather was a famous nwa (national wrestling allience) promoter whose buisiness sufffered when the WWF (now WWE)...
Published on 1 Jun 2007 by J. Robinson


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wrestling Babylon: Interesting, but not enough., 1 Jun 2007
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J. Robinson (Portsmouth, England) - See all my reviews
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Wrestling Babylon is a series of articles regarding pro wrestling written over a long period of years by Irvin Muchnick that have been put together to form this book which bills itself as 'piledriving tales of drugs, sex, death and scandal'. Muchnick's grandfather was a famous nwa (national wrestling allience) promoter whose buisiness sufffered when the WWF (now WWE) begin its world domination in the early/mid 1980's. Upon learning this fact it's obvious that Muchnicks opinion of Vinny Mack and the WWF is a very negative one.

Although it has to be said that this book lifts the lid on many factors of pro wrestling that Mcmahon would rather of swept under the rug, including the sex and drug scandals that rocked the WWF in the early nineties. This makes for a very interesting read and it definately covered new ground that i haven't seen covered before. I especially liked the arcticle discussing the sad story of the Von Erich family, with many many premature deaths. However Muchnick lets himself down by spending too much time attempting to bury McMahon, Hulk Hogan and the WWF as a whole when he should be providing the reader with more sustinance than he does, the book is very short and quick to read. It only took me an evening and a morning. Muchnick also has a tendency to repeat himself.

In conclusion the book is very interesting and is written in a witty, academic style and is probably best used as a starting point for anyone who wishes to find out more about what goes on in pro wrestling behind that curtain.

But if you require a more detailed read that does more than simply scratch the surface of 'piledriving tales of drugs, sex, death and scandal' then you should probably look elsewhere.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative., 18 Aug 2007
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Saturnicus "Saturnicus" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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An interesting read, sometimes repetitive and at times could stand to go into more detail. The author has no love of the WWE and could, I felt, be rather ascorbic at times. However, given the recent Benoit tragedy, the book may be especially relevant as it spends a lot of time on steroid and drug abuse. It does not run short on eye openers and scandal. At times a dictionary would have been useful as the author is not the sort to use two or three words of two syllables when he can use a long one. A reasonably short volume, it is not tedious.
All in all I found it a decent read and would recommend it for true wrestling fans.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting topic with added guilt., 27 Oct 2012
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R. Forse (Taunton, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Wrestling Babylon: Piledriving Tales of Drugs, Sex, Death, and Scandal: Piledriving Tales of Drugs, Sex, Death and Scandal (Kindle Edition)
Just a short review as its a while since I've read it.

The topic is of interest to me as a 20+ year wrestling fan, it exposes a side of wrestling that is not often written about (apart from when a prominent wrestler dies too soon) but the main thing that stuck with me while reading this was that I felt a pronounced sense of guilt for watching all this time and indirectly contributing to the decline and demise of so many of my favourite wrestlers.

Though the decisions to take illegal substances is of course the decision of the wrestlers them selves, being a fan of many of the featured wrestlers made me think that if I hadn't bought there merchandise, or a ticket to see them wrestle, perhaps a different line of work would have been chosen.

It's well written and interesting but it has made me think more about the consequences of what the wrestlers go through, and selfishly, it has removed some of the "shine". My only other complaint is that there are a lot of problems raised in this book, with very few remedies suggested.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars, 17 July 2014
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This review is from: Wrestling Babylon: Piledriving Tales of Drugs, Sex, Death, and Scandal: Piledriving Tales of Drugs, Sex, Death and Scandal (Kindle Edition)
Not a great read. Very vague on stories
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