Wrestling Babylon: Piledriving Tales of Drugs, Sex, Death and Scandal Paperback – 5 Jul 2007
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Wrestling Babylon Professional wrestling's most notorious scandals and drug-fueled spectacles are laid out using insider details and investigative journalism in this powerful expose of the sport. Featuring pieces previously published in magazines such as "Penthouse" and "People," this book examines the demise of the old Mafia-like territories, whose wake, with the help of cable television and deregulation, helped f... Full description
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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.
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.
All in all I found it a decent read and would recommend it for true wrestling fans.