Controversy Creates Cash

Controversy Creates CashControversy Creates Cash by Eric Bischoff
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

In Controversy Creates Cash, former WCW executive Eric Bischoff gives his side of the story against a decades worth of bad press he received in the Internet Wrestling Community.  Bischoff quickly starts off by setting the record straight on some of his early life and how he got into the wrestling business in AWA.  Then goes through his ups and downs in WCW before leading the organization even coming close to quitting and going to Hollywood.  Once in charge of WCW, Bischoff explains his philosophy to make the organization successful and how he implemented it.  Bischoff also discussed how in 3 1/2 years, WCW went from being a multi-million dollar property to being sold for chum change and all the factors that led to it.

From the outset, Bischoff tells he readers he knows they come into reading autobiographies that they expect shameless self-promotion and/or b.s.  While Bischoff tries to avoid this, he’s still guilty of doing this, more so on the self-promotion than on the b.s. though.  Bischoff repeatedly brings up the “dirt sheet” writers and after a while it gets old, but one can tell that he feels they were the one most responsible for giving false information about him.  Throughout the book, Bischoff does discuss some famous situations in which he had been cast as the villain, but instead of going all defensive Bischoff is very balanced.  If in retrospect Bischoff believes he mishandled a situation he lets the reader know, but he never throws a wrestler “under the bus” however if it was a corporate officer Bischoff takes them to task.

My opinion of this book changed throughout my reading of it, the first half of the book I was very positive but the majority of the latter part of the book I felt only so-so especially as Bischoff really let his frustrations show that even his co-author couldn’t improve upon.  But considering that Eric Bischoff is the top five individuals ever in pro wrestler, I recommend this book.

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The Hardcore Diaries

The Hardcore DiariesThe Hardcore Diaries by Mick Foley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Hardcore Diaries is my first taste of Mick Foley’s writing and I found it enjoyable reading.  Foley has a conversational style of writing that is easy to follow, even with not to perfect grammar like tense changes, especially as he’s describing what he’s best known for actions within the squared circle.  Although the book’s main theme of storyline conception to completion is fascinating and Foley’s emotional roller coaster connected is great, I found his side stories fun, enjoyable, and humbling additions.  Though Foley’s repeated references to a porn star and chair shots to the head do get a little tiring close to the end of the book, overall I usually glossed over them.  Given this is my first Mick Foley book, I very interested to read his first two biographical efforts which seemed to more regarded than The Hardcore Diaries.

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It’s True! It’s True!

It's True! It's True!It’s True! It’s True! by Kurt Angle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kurt Angle’s autobiography is a quick, enjoyable read about how the youngest child of a working class family rose to become an Olympic champion then become one of the biggest names in professional wrestling of the last two decades.  Angle opens up in detail about his family life while growing up and how it influenced him as he pursued his athletic dreams, the honesty in this section of the book really makes one realize how determined Angle became to be the best in the world.  The amateur wrestling descriptions throughout the first half of the book, especially in the detailing of individual matches, was THE highlight of the book for me as I learned about the sport.  The final half of the book details the first 18 months of Angle’s WWF/E career and his growing pains, both good and bad, in the ring.  The insights Angle gives in this section not only opens up the business to long-time “smart” fans about the inner workings of the business, but also how an accomplished athlete like Angle critiqued himself throughout the process.  The only negative was that Angle repeated somethings a few times in the book and considering the short length of the book, it really stood out.  Besides that negative this was an enjoyable read and a recommended read.

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