I only bought this book due the great feedback it has received on here, and it doesn't disappoint! Great stories about Roddy Piper and other wrestling legends and some genuinely funny and touching moments. I was also surprised with Ric's comments regarding Hulk Hogan and especially the Bret Hart and the Vince McMahon bust up! Still...Triple H, Shawn Michaels and even Vince and the McMahon family are highly regarded by the Nature Boy. As i said, i finished this book in 2-3 says, totally unputdownable. Very imformative and highly recommended
First off, Ive never been a huge fan of Ric Flair. Apart from his interviews and ability to look like hes taking a beating, his in ring skills to me have always been so, so. ((still far better than hogans))
But after 30 years in the business you can imagine he'd have some wild stories.
It doesnt disappoint. Once you start reading its very hard to put down. He covers his whole career, from the origins of his name to his Idol the original Nature Boy, Buddy Rogers. With loads of stories about wrestlers hes worked with such as Dusty Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat, and a good insight to the tragedy of the Von Erich family. Interesting facts on
the collapse of the different regional wrestling companies throughout the US in the 70s and 80s. The monopolisation of the WWE and some of Macmahons shitty business ethics. Also his account on that near death air crash.
You hear his opinion on certain wrestlers, such as Mick Foley and Hulk Hogan.
The only thing that caught me offguard was flairs attitude towards Bret Hart and his skills as a wrestler. The hitman was mentioned 2 or 3 times and each time with a negative slant.
But all in all its a great read. My first wrestling autobiography/biography and I recommend it to any Pro Wrestling fan and a must have for all fans of the Nature Boy.
This book is like the man himself, truly awesome. Ric is very graphic in depicting his life story, and despite his wealth and fame still made me feel sorry for him. He goes into great detail about the wild days and nights, which in themselves made for some fantastic stories. Highly amusing and disturbing at the same time. You gotta respect the man after what he's been through and the torment he put his body through, all in the name of entertainment for the fans. I found this book very difficult to put down, hankering for more stories about the boys and behind the scenes gossip. This book delivers plenty in both these categories. Flair tells in stark truth, his opinions on those in charge and the athletes themselves. A truly "fan"tastic book, if this is the only wrestling book you read, you will not be disappointed.
Flair's book is a series of anecdotes and memories of his time both in and out of the ring and as such provides a fascinating insight into the life of one of wrestling's most flamboyant characters. Difficult to add anything that hasnt already been said, but what is worth adding is the testimonials submitted from Flair's friends, family, colleagues and opponents over the years including Harley Race, Ricky the Dragon Steamboat, promoter Jimmy Crockett, WWE insider Gerry Brisco, and those who have sought to emulate him like HBK and HHH etc.
There's unlikely to be another Ric Flair. Read this book and discover why!
What a fantastic book about the greatest wrestler of all time! This book has some deeply moving moments that are sometimes hilarious like the partying, sometimes revealing like how he felt about certain wrestlers e.g Hulk, R Savage and Arn Andersen and emotional like the deaths of wrestlers like Hennig 'Mr perfect', Texas tornado and Rics father. Best book i have read in ages!!
I am a huge RIC FLAIR fan and in my opinion he is the greatest wrestler of all time.
This book explains him first being born and being sold on the black market, him being a mischevious child at school to him almost giving up praticing wrestling and the hard vigous training he had. To him starting the NWA and the belts he held.
Ric even talks about his family and the death of his father,
The wrestlers he had opinions on even if they were not very nice he told it like it was - about the MICK FOLEY just being a glorified stunt man and and him not liking Eric Bishoff and Eric sueing him. Ric not feeling like himself and feeling down all the time.
Ric goes on to say about Hulk Hogan whipping his son in WCW and him having all night parties to him slapping Eric in WWE and Sargent Slaughter coming in to hold him down to him getting shouted at by VINCE.
Ric has a lot of respect for Vince's family and he says it in this book.
He goes on to say with the figure four leg lock he dosen't really put pressure on it.
Ric even says about him admiring RICKY "THE DRAGON" STEAMBOAT and having an argument with RICKY's wife.
To the winning of the 1993 ROYAL RUMBLE and going back to WCW to say it was just the same than when he left.
When he left WCW and joined WWE he said he had the best year and a half of his career.
This book explains everything even him joining EVOLUTION to him wrestling TRIPLE H.
I read this book and loved it and I can't wait to read it again.
RIC FLAIR you are in my opinion the greatest wrestler of all time and don't let anybody else tell you any different.
Buy this book you wrestling fans and enjoy the story of the greatest wrestler alive today.