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The Hardcore Truth: The Bob Holly Story Kindle Edition
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Bob is brutally honest about his experiences in wrestling, some of the people that we read about in numerous other autobiographies (his thoughts about Shawn Michaels, both then and now, are fascinating) and a career that was good but perhaps didn't reach the pinnacle of his talent. His explanation of the now famous Tough Enough incident is particularly fun to read and pretty much sums him up as a character. The wrestling industry is much worse for his absence.
A really good read.
Bob Holly was in the WWE for 13 years. 13 years which included the Montreal Screwjob, the Attitude Era, the deaths of Owen Hart, Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero (and too many others), the Monday Night War, the collapse of WCW and the WWE brand extension and subsequent move to a PG product. During that time, he won precisely zero prominent titles and, to my mind at least, never had a single memorable match, angle or feud. By the time he left, he had a reputation as a locker room bully.
This book describes the life of a mid-card WWE wrestler and the sacrifices that it takes to get to that role and to stay in it. Holly is one of the guys who spent years getting beaten up for a living, making the likes of Steve Austin, The Rock, The Undertaker, Chris Jericho, Batista and Randy Orton look good so that they can go on to be superstars.
Before getting to WWE, Holly worked as a mechanic, spent his spare time racing stock cars and training as a wrestler, going through the (now familiar, thanks to the raft on wrestling autobiographies on the market) routine of brutal training and regional promotions where he would travel hundreds of miles and get paid peanuts. He also entered (and appears to have won, as a rule) legit hardman contests in Southern US bars, and, on one occasion, wrestled a bear.
Holly presents himself as a simple man, with a simple philosophy of life, based around Hard Work, Physical Strength and Toughness, Keeping Your Head Down and, most important, Respect. Holly takes respect very seriously.Read more ›
I admit that the main reason I purchased this book was because I expected a lot of that bile from a permanently disgruntled-looking, recently-retired wrestler. You do indeed get a hearty dose of ire, but be prepared for some surprisingly balanced opinions along with the expected (and not entirely undeserved) Triple HHHatred.
Howard's employment with the WWF/WWE follows a timeline from when the wrestling business was moribund, through to its period of biggest mainstream success and subsequent dwindling due to lack of competition. He describes what the locker room was like under the Kliq, the pay-offs, the endless broken promises, and he attempts to clarify a few of the mistruths frequently parroted about his roughing up of enhancement talent.
Wrestler autobiographies are particularly tragic, as the subject invariably has to write chapters on friends who died way too soon as a result of their career choice and/or self-prescribing of medications. Fortunately, there are plenty of stories of ribbing the boys which balance this out somewhat.
Howard holds a life-long joy of fighting and evidently considers it as a measure of a man.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic book, full of great stories and a good insight to behind the scenes in the WWE!Published 3 months ago by Rupert Davis
A must read for all wrestling fans. Very open and brutally honest. fascinating insight into the world of the wwe all the major events covered and an analysis given. Read morePublished 3 months ago by MR K D MALE
I was never really a Hardcore Holly fan growing up but heard the rumours via the internet for years on his personality outside of the ring so i was a little apprehensive purchasing... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Thomas Ennion
Fantastic read, gives you great incite into the wrestling world and Bob gives a very honest warts and all account of himself and the other wrestlers. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
The best pro-wrestling book I've ever read thus far. Love the way it was written. I was glued to it page after page. Stories, choice of words, emotions evoked (etc. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jamie Martin
This book sums up everything about Hardcore Holly. Hard Working and would help anybody to fit the entertainment businessPublished 8 months ago by Jambro
What a fantastic book! Raw, Honest and informative. Bob Holly really is awesomePublished 13 months ago by Ben M.
I've read loads of wrestling biographies and the is easily my number one. I really loved this book and relished the stories and information told from a totally different... Read morePublished 14 months ago by P. Daykin