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Walking a Golden Mile: World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hardcover – 3 May 2005

4.5 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: World Wrestling Entertainment (3 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743477812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743477819
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Neil Chandler is a sports and media journalist who is amongst the top writers on World Wrestling Entertainment in the UK. He is the wrestling correspondent of the Daily Star.


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By A Customer on 14 Jun. 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have followed the career of Darren Matthews for some time and anticipated this biography to be a real insight into one of the most under-rated speakers in modern wrestling today. Regal has done it all, both in wrestling terms and drugs. He talks candidly about his drug abuse and is very honest in opinions of himself. The early days are a joy to read, especially for those who can remember Big Daddy, Giant Haystacks, Dave 'Fit' Finlay and other British greats. Regal is a real 'riches to rags, then back to riches' story. I found myself respecting him more and more as the book went on.
The only negative side to the book is I feel it could be a lot bigger, I felt that his WCW and WWF/WWE career had been edited down, it just seemed that there should be a few more chapters, a few more descriptives on the matches he had. Still a legend.
I work with young people and will happily use Regals story as an example, because he really has turned his life around. An excellent read, a genuine man.
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I have just finished the book and, for a WWE sponsored title, I found it to be amazingly open and frank (although he does cover the WWE in shedloads of praise which, if what is written is true, then it is deserving). Regal/Matthews talks honestly about his upbringing, life in Blackpool wrestling for Bobby Baron and, most openly, his drink and drug addiction in the late 1990's.
The book could have been longer - I for one would have liked to have heard more stories about life on the road - however the content is all worthwhile and Matthews is devastatingly honest about the reasons for his problems and shoulders all the blame, whilst not coming across at all in a self-pitying manner. He also does a commendable job of explaining in detail the alleged benefits of drink and drugs he mistakenly sought and explaining why they are best avoided - warts and all.
For those who are fans of 'The Good Will Ambassador', or for those less familiar with Regal, particulary his UK and WCW days, this is an entertaining read, particularly for Brits who will love the British sense of humour in which the book is written.
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For any fan of wrestling this would make a great purchase. I found it really interesting to find out more about how Regal achieved such success, especially as World of Sport was a childhood favourite of mine. There is no doubt in my mind that Regal is one of the greatest villains the ring has ever seen.
That being said I have to be honest and say that there are a few issues in my opinion. Firstly, the book it terribly written in places. The author clearly needs access to a good thesaurus. There are times when it just 'clunks' along and struggles to hold the reader. Secondly, this digital edition needs a good proofread as there are several occasions when paragraphs are repeated and typos are present. Finally, I felt it was a bit short. I'm sure with such a varied career Regal would have a lot more to say. It feels over edited.
I would however have no hesitation in recommending this book, even with the flaws I mentioned. Hopefully it will inspire the powers that be to let Regal do another book.
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great book ,liking William Regal ,and seeing him wrestle in his days in Blackpool made it all the more interesting for me. The journey he has had has been long and hard sometimes harder than others.Always a witty man its written as if the spoken word .Worth getting and keeping for a future read .No "lovey" or ""fancy" speaking just how its been .
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Format: Hardcover
This book is the Autobiography of Darren Matthews, AKA Steven Regal AKA William Regal. It tells of his time wrestling in England in holiday camps and in Blackpool on the pleasure beach. It also tells some of his adventures in Japan and other countries worldwide.
It continues with the injury that would lead to his drug and alcohol addiction. From the UK to his time in the WCW and the WWF when he was a "real man's man" this book really pulls at your heartstrings and you really feel for Darren. I truly believe this book is fantastic but I could of read another couple of hundred pages.
Overall, a great book, if a little short. Still worth buying and adding to your collection. A must for any wrestling fan.
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I really enjoyed this book it would appeal more to a British wrestling fan as Mr Regal tells about his early days on Holiday camps and small venues around the country.
I thought he was a cracking wrestler and loved watching him as TV Champ with WCW when he used to work over and rough up the Americans with his no nonsense British style.
I have watched many of his Japanese matches and the one he had with Chris Benoit were all his problems with drug addiction to pain killers started.
Unlike meat heads like Billy Graham who just wanted to build muscle mass Regals problems were with pain.
Got to hand it to him he turned his life around and I for one admire him for it.
You should and could of been a world champ William but I am happy your just still with us.
A very enjoyable book by a very underrated Wrestler.
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Format: Hardcover
Read this book in 3 days its the most hard hitting and brutally honest account of a wrestler. From blackpool uk to wcw william regal tells the story of his life and career and an honest account of his drug abuse days an eye opening book one for any wrestling fan
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