A rare glimpse not only into the life of a professional wrestler, but the life of a gay man in a straight world, this tragic memoir is told in Chris Kanyon’s own words, with the help of journalist Ryan Clark. One of the most popular wrestlers of the late 1990s, Kanyon kept his personal life private from his fans until finally revealing his biggest secret in 2004: he was gay. Going through the various roles that Kanyon played, both in the ring and out of it, as well as his battle with manic depression, this book explores the factors that led to his suicide in 2010. In his voice and the way he wanted it told, these are Kanyon’s last words about his experience rising through the ranks to the top of the professional wrestling world while keeping his sexuality hidden.
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About the Author
Chris Kanyon (1970-2010), born Christopher Klucsarits, was an American professional wrestler best known for his work in World Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation. Ryan Clark is an editor, an instructor at Northern Kentucky University, and a writer for the "Cincinnati Enquirer." He lives in Burlington, Kentucky.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Who's better than Kanyon?!! This is a story about a man chasing his dream to be a wrestler. It's difficult enough with the pounding, the traveling and worrying about your "spot". But Chris had much more to worry about than all of this. Chris was bipolar, and gay. Promoter's and wrestlers throughout wrestling history had used homophobia by having wrestlers act over-the-top, foppish, prissy and predatory (examples range from "Gorgeous" George Wagner, Adrian Adonis, Goldust, etc) to make money. And it almost always worked. Chris, on the other hand, was just a closeted gay man that, when he came out and inquired to his bosses at WWE about just playing a wrestler who just happens to be gay, he was terminated in 2004. He sunk into deeper bouts of depression until he became a motivational speaker of sorts, and seemed that he was going to be fine after all. Sadly, this isn't a story with a happy ending. On April 2nd, 2010, after other failed attempts, Chris committed suicide. He was only forty. But if you have read all of my drivel, I implore you to get this book and read it. Despite the tragic ending, there are many funny and inspiring stories in here. And to Jim Mitchell, the man who was his best friend (also his manager for a while in WCW), I have this to say: I'm pissed at you, you old devil. You made me cry in your introuction. One more time: WHO'S BETTER THAN KANYON??
Kanyon was a favorite of mine to watch because of his innovation for moves in the ring and the intensity of his bumps. To see his passion for wrestling and dedication to being better, it's inspirational and motivating. It was also sad to read about his personal struggles and it is so upsetting that people are so stupid about the sexual preference for another. Just dumb and disappointing. Bipolar is tough and as someone who understands with my bouts of depression, it's not an easy road and one can only be supportive and loving and never give up on those who suffer plus be understanding. Kanyon gave it his all and at least he can be at peace now. The book is a glimpse with a few stories to peak interest of the avg fan and even deeper insight of the psyche of manic depressive gay man trying to cope with life.