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Not a Fan of Brets but The Book is a Hugely Entertaining Read,
This review is from: Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling (Hardcover)
To start off Ive never been a big Bret Hart fan. I respect that he is technically the best wrestler of all time but for me he was always on the whole pretty average in the world of pro-wrestling.
I bought his book with great expectations and my expectations were definetly met on every level. I personally love reading wrestler bio's of guys who have been in the business since the territory days i.e. Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes cause they have an amazing story to tell and this bio is no different.
Bret is very open and candid about his days in they business starting way back in the early days of his fathers Stampede wrestling promotion were a young Bret first got his start in the business. He doesnt hold back the fact he had a troubled relationship with his wife Julie and admits his own faults with great honesty (I don't at all agree with what he did when he was on the road but I respect that he was honest about it). He talks about his rise through the ranks of they WWE and talks openly about the drug fueled days of WWE in the 80's and early 90's. His fallout with WWE and his decision to jump ship to WCW is talked about with great detail and he gives you his side of the story in regards to they now infamous Montreal ScrewJob which is interesting. Bret suffered a stroke a few years back and he tells of how he battled and fought back from his near fatal injurys which for me was insperational and heartfelt.
My problems arent with they book which Ive said is an excellent read for any wrestling fan but with the way Bret comes across in the book. For me Bret came across like he always felt held back and was never given they praise (in his mind) he deserved. Bret has a very high opinion of himself which comes across throughout the book, he definetly believes his own hype which I found to be a bit egotistical.
Overall I have grown to respect Bret alot more after reading his book. I love his honesty and stories about the old days in Canada and Japan. His stories about guys like Andre the Giant are fantastic reads and on the flipside his stories about the likes of Dynamite Kid and his self destruction due to drink and drugs are told with great heart and are upsetting to read.
Love him or Hate him, Bret's book is definetly worth reading. Its for me one of the best wrestler bio's out there.
Can't praise the book high enough to be honest....10/10!
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