Friday, September 20, 2013


Hello! Here are my brief thoughts on the book The Hardcore Truth by Bob "Hardcore" Holly with Ross Williams:

A basic, solid rasslin bio from a basic, solid rassler. What makes it stand out is that Holly's tone and phrasing is really genuine and occasionally hilarious. He shoots it pretty straight about everything, although he's as inconsistent with his claims and beliefs as any of them are, really. One glaring hilarity is that Holly bitches about having untalented guys put over by good workers, when they could just use the good workers, then goes to bat for Sid Eudy, one of the least talented big lumps of muscle to ever lumber through the industry, because he and Sid were friends. "They could have made a lot of money with Sid," he says, as if nobody ever tried to make a lot of money with Sid. But he's got some good thoughts on Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, CM Punk, Chris Jericho, Chyna, Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle, Brock Lesnar, Matt Cappotelli, Jim Ross, Bart Gunn, JBL, Vince McMahon, and most interestingly, complex feelings about Triple H. Worth reading, and it's a briskly told story, which is kind of nice to have rather than some grand epic detailing every hiptoss he threw training with Bob Sweetan.

I give this book 3 things out of 5 points.

Here are five of my favorite Bob Holly quotes from this book:

On Memphis

"The most I ever made working for Jeff's useless fucking Pappy was $189 for two weeks' work. ... Jeff was a real dickhead back then. Still is, as far as I'm concerned."

On Kevin Nash's toughness

"Nash is the biggest seven-foot-tall pussy I've ever seen in my life and Bret Hart would have eaten him for lunch. I'd tell Nash that to his face, too -- because he wouldn't do jackshit to me."

On the Shawn Michaels-Bret Hart backstage fight

"Now, I would have marched right over to Shawn and knocked all his teeth out but Bret got into a hair-pulling contest with him instead."

On Shawn

"Shawn Michaels is the greatest wrestler of all time, hands down. If you want proof, go watch the hour-long match he did with John Cena on RAW in England back in 2007. Cena can't wrestle and he can't lead a match. Every single bit of that match was Shawn."

On Bart Gunn & motherfuckers

"Bart went on to the final against Bradshaw and knocked him out colder than a well digger's ass. There were rumors that, after Bart had knocked out Steve Williams, they told Godfather and Bradshaw to take a dive. Why would anybody drop their hands to get knocked out, especially when there's a lot of money on the line? Bart just knocks motherfuckers out; end of story."

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