By Raj Giri | July 23, 2008
However, the book is written with such disdain for professional wrestling, it's fans and performers that I was left wondering who the book is meant for and what it's meant to accomplish. The entire book is written with such an incredibly negative slant towards the industry that anyone in the industry would immediately dismiss it and not take any of it to heart. Longtime fans can quickly point out many of the glaring factual inaccuracies throughout the book, making it hard to take seriously the facts in it that are true that aren't as well known. People not familiar with the industry would read it and would have basically every negative stereotype that they have towards professional wrestling re-affirmed and wonder if there is any point to saving an industry that is as morally bankrupt as it's made out to be. Take into account the following passage in the very first chapter of the book, which basically summarizes the tone of the book: "Child-killer Chris Benoit is no victim Ė the voluntary choice to pursue a pro wrestling career is fundamentally too stupid, irresponsible, and silly to ever allow for victimhood".
The biggest problem I have with the book is that I agree with a lot it's intent. The book at one point recommends that WWE implement the following measures to help the industry:
Most people would agree with all four points. However the message is lost completely with the book's incredibly negative tone. Had the book treated the industry and it's fans with some respect, it might be easier to take seriously the very real suggestions that the book makes.
However, with that being said, the book is never a boring read and is often quite engaging. There are tales about Chris Benoit's time in New Japan and his dealings with the Yakuza (Japanese mafia) that I found very interesting. However, once again, it's hard to take some of the stories in the book seriously. For instance, one story talks about how Leon White (Vader) made a mistake by getting rough with a member of the Yakuza and was subsequently tied and sliced with razor blades. I'm not sure if that story is true or not, however obvious inaccuracies with some of the other stories, as well as sources with obvious agendas (at one point you have a source questioning the credibility of another source cited throughout the book), make you wonder if there's any truth to them at all.
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