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The Excellence of Eloquence
By the time he was in his mid-twenties, Bret had been trained in "The Dungeon" (I feel ...
By the time he was in his mid-twenties, Bret had been trained in "The Dungeon" (I feel no need to expound on what an honor, yet how painfully brutal this experience was for every person whom walked out of that basement of horrors and made it to the big-time), been a champion for his father's fledgling Stampede promotion, and reluctanty been made a "booker" (wrestling vernacular for the person designated to write continuing storylines and the "law", if you will, when it came time that one of the wrestlers did not want to cooperate.
Then Vince McMahon and the (then called) WWF came calling and brokered a deal with Stu, Bret's father and owner of the Stampede promotion. This,in turn, led for Bret and a few of the top guys to be "called up" to the WWF.
This is as far as I will go, but I do not exaggerate when I say that this is, in my not-so-humble opinion, the BEST wrestling autobiography I have EVER read. Bret wrote his story in a folksy, yet whimsical prose that is not only easy to read AND understand, but is factual, blunt and honest as well.
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The behind-the-scenes account of Bret Hart's time in the wrestling biz
As a child of the 80s, my favorite parts of the books were Bret's descriptions of the fledgling WWF and it's subsequent monopoly over the pro wrestling business. Although his version of events seem a little bit one-sided, Bret reports many instances of being the nice guy while other wrestlers manipulated, cajoled and strong-armed their way to fame and riches. I couldn't help but feel Bret was naïve until the very end in his dealings with Vince McMahon, owner of the WWF/WWE. In his writing, it comes through that he knew McMahon was sneaky but let Vince walk all over him anyway.
Despite his attempts at objectivity, it's pretty clear from his first mention of him that Bret wasn't too fond of Shawn Michaels. I'm no fan of Michaels myself, but I could understand how he could negatively interpret some actions that Bret took against him, both in the ring and out. Bret took great umbrage at the direction pro wrestling was going and the people that were blocking him from having a better career, but from my perspective, it seemed like an old horse being angry at the road for having cars on it. Wrestling was changing and at the time, Bret didn't see that he didn't fit very well into what wrestling was morphing into: a more risque, even sleazy, harder and more dangerous form of entertainment.
I'm sure many wrestling fans would be interested in picking up this book for Bret's side of the infamous "Montreal Screwjob," the event at which McMahon promised to allow Bret to keep the World Championship, but then ended the match abruptly to make it seem as if Bret had succumbed to a submission hold by Shawn Michaels (Bret's own Sharpshooter hold, in fact). Although it was disappointing to read about how Bret was forced out of the WWF unceremoniously instead of graciously, it wasn't this part of the book that struck me emotionally. For me, it was the end of Bret's career at rival promotion WCW and the aftermath that were very difficult to get through.
Bret's career ended because of a kick from an inexperienced wrestler that caused a concussion. Bret ignored the concussion, letting it get worse until a doctor told him he would end up worse that Muhammad Ali if he didn't stop wrestling immediately. The last part of the book is devoted to a description of Bret's stroke and recovery. It's heart-wrenching read, as it usually is when reading about a strong hero weakened by injury or old age.
For a wrestler/professional athlete, Bret is a very capable writer. Some of his descriptions of his matches get repetitive after a while and he refers to too many matches as "the best match [he] ever had." He does a good job describing most typical wrestling terms...
[Due to BN.com's character limit, the rest of this review can be found at FingerFlow.com]
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