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A Massive Ego Stroke from the Hitman
on 28 December 2011
This remains one of the hardest books I've had to get through, primarily because it's from a one person POV, which is Bret's, so although he reveals quite a bit of himself in this book, that's not to say it was a good thing, in fact it wasn't for me because most, if not all of the less than savoury reveals he made of himself he excused himself of them. For instance, his, I suppose, wh*ring his way through the territories and other countries of the world, he excused by saying that he simply did not want to be alone, or that his wife was always nagging him (not acknowledging for one moment that she was trying to raise four kids on her own) and/or his lust was always stronger than his guilt.
It was interesting to read his mindset during some somewhat tumultuous years for him, but whilst it appears he did his best to make himself appear the Chosen One, the Golden Boy of, at the time, the WWF, this book, I feel, taints his image almost as much as the Anti-American storyline did back in the 90s. He hardly ever has a good word to say about most of the wrestlers he encountered during his tenure at the WWF, going so far as to infer that Flair was sabotaging their matches and mentioning his suspicions to McMahon. However these negatives were inexplicably diluted after a wrestler would pay him a compliment (apparently they were either always in tears or close to tears when they did so I should add)
It was also interesting because this book debunks quite a bit of what Bret has always maintained throughout the years, such as money not playing a big part in things, when this book tells a completely different story. For instance, the two occasions he held Vince to ransom over a couple of contracts, including the 20 mil deal that McMahon had to renege on, and how, (despite wrestlers having to be let go because the WWF was struggling), he played the WCW card to insure he got the deals he wanted.
...and so on and so on... I won't touch the Montreal Screwjob because by the time I got to it my views of Bret from reading this book had changed to such an extent that all I can say about it is that he was not so much the "innocent" as he claims to have been, and that's not only because of the underhanded, selfish contract dealings he enforced but there's so much more as well.
All in all, there's not a lot to respect about Bret in this book and I think it's primarily because he viewed the events and those around him from such a self-imposed high pedestal that no-one, not even those he praised, could ever match up to his own ever-so-bloated opinion of himself.
Having said all that, the two marks I gave it were because it is an interesting read, but for those who have an open mind, it could be a very hard read and one that might change your opinion of Bret from a babyface to a heel. *shrug*