Best Seat in the House: Your Backstage Pass Through My WWE Journey

Best Seat in the House: Your Backstage Pass Through My WWE Journey


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If you ever wondered what it's like to be a giant wrestling fan and work at WWE under Vince McMahon and travel the world with co-workers who have been the stars of pro wrestling from the 90s through today, this is the definite book for you. This is the story of a passionate professional wrestling fan who wanted nothing more than to be the ring announcer for World Wrestling Entertainment. Best Seat in the House covers the journey of the type of ambitious kid that Justin Roberts was. Wrestling fans always want to know how he got his job, and this book discusses the path he took to get there, the people he met along the way and the experiences that helped shape his character. From his WWE tryout to his final night on the big stage, Justin gives
you an in-depth look at his journey to catch and live the job of his dreams. From playing with action figures of Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, The Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan to actually announcing them to the ring–Justin truly lived out his dream. Apart from announcing the top wrestlers in the industry from "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, The Rock to John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Ric Flair and The Undertaker, Justin also describes the politics, travel requirements of WWE talent and the overall treatment from the monopoly that drives the wrestling industry. There were so many ups, but also so many downs, and this title is the backstage pass for those who have always wondered what it would be like as a wrestling fan to actually get to work at the Disneyland of wrestling. With no hopes or interest to return to WWE and unlike those who write books while still in a relationship with the company, Justin is very honest in sharing his story. A world that's more than just scripted ballet and spandex with real-life physical action and hardworking athletes, the story of working with individuals who are real-life superheroes to all ages and genders and ethnic cities all over the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782551157
Publisher: Meyer & Meyer Sport
Publication date: 03/10/2017
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 327,626
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Justin Roberts was born and raised in Chicago, IL, and now resides in Scottsdale, AZ, since graduating from the University of Arizona. An avid wrestling fan, Justin wanted nothing more than to become a ring announcer for World Wrestling Entertainment. At age 16, he began announcing independent wrestling events and worked his way up the industry during both high school and college. Justin began as the backup announcer at WWE until he got his own spot announcing regularly for ECW, followed by SmackDown and eventually Monday Night Raw. He worked all over the world, traveling on the road with the wrestlers and announcing the weekly live events, TV shows and monthly pay-per-views. The combination of what he learned in school, with the experience of being on the road and working under Vince McMahon, taught him quite a bit about life. He proved that no goal is unattainable, if you set your mind to it, and encourages everyone he meets to follow their dreams as anything and everything is possible.

Table of Contents

Foreword 8

Chapter 1 What Would You Think If I Sang Out of Tune 14

Chapter 2 Put Your Mind to It, Go for It 36

Chapter 3 There's a Path You Take and a Path Untaken 42

Chapter 4 Picture It, Brooklyn 2000 54

Chapter 5 I Respect You, Booker Man 68

Chapter 6 I Will Never Work for WWF 76

Chapter 7 I'm Going to Disneyland 84

Chapter 8 Plan B, Watcha Gonna Do? 100

Chapter 9 Welcome to the Jungle 104

Chapter 10 Full Tank of Gas, Haifa Pack of Cigarettes, and a Bump in the Road 110

Chapter 11 You Got It, Dude 126

Chapter 12 E-C-Dub, E-C-Dub 138

Chapter 13 Ruthless Aggression 154

Chapter 14 I Love It When a Plan Comes Together 160

Chapter 15 Now Yous Can't leave 172

Chapter 16 I'm Right on Top of That, Rose 180

Chapter 17 The Best There Is, The Best There Was 194

Chapter 18 Are You Experienced? 198

Chapter 19 Did I Do That? 210

Chapter 20 I'm Not a Doctor, But 216

Chapter 21 Turn the Page 220

Chapter 22 Sharp Dressed Man 230

Chapter 23 Standing Tall, on the Wings of My Dreams 246

Chapter 24 What a Maneuver 252

Chapter 25 Favorite Event Becomes Life-Changing Event 262

Chapter 26 The World Don't Move to the Beat of Just One Drum 276

Chapter 27 Nobody Leaves This Place Without Singing the Blues 300

Chapter 28 You Take the Good, You Take the Bad 316

Chapter 29 The Final Chapter 328

Acknowledgements 334

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Best Seat in the House: Your Backstage Pass through My WWE Journey 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
RPoole More than 1 year ago
Justin Roberts has Wrote a book totally worth Reading. It takes you on a journey of a Young wrestling fan who dreams of doing something and goes to any length to follow his Dream. His Story is very inspirational. It shows you that being goal oriented and driving can pay off. The stories and the Journey is Captivating. This is the first time that I have looked forward to reading a book by someone involved in wrestling. I couldn't put the Book Down. A true Wrestling Fan will Enjoy this Book. Too See what goes on and see what truly happens in the world of wrestling will keep you reading and wonder what he will write page after page. The Depth and Honesty that he gibes in this Book is so Admirable that I take off my hat to him. Great Job Justin
JSnedden More than 1 year ago
Justin Roberts has spun a masterpiece in the genre of professional wrestling "tell-all" books. If you are a fan of the industry, you MUST read this book! Justin pulls no punches in telling the world about the inner workings of "sports entertainment", and he does so with an honest and forthright wit that makes you feel every up and every down. Justin was and is a fan - first and foremost. That alone makes this book different. The true stories behind how stars are made, how employees are dealt with, and the culture of WWE will leave you begging for more. I could not put this book down once I started, and if you are a fan, you won't be able to either.
MJRGoBlue79 More than 1 year ago
A great look behind the curtain to what life is like working for the WWE. Justin followed his dream and through persistence and hard work he earned his opportunity only to see it used against him through the years. This book will appear to both the die hard and casual fan alike. It provides great insight into the WWE life from the road, to the ring and all places in between. Once you pick up this book, you won't be able to put it down!