Hitting the hat-trick today, with Bob “Hardcore” Holly’s autobiography – The Hardcore Truth, available through Amazon now.
Synopsis: 16 years in the biggest professional wrestling company in the world. A cornerstone of the famed WWE Attitude era. A hard-hitting fighter. A bully. A stooge. One of wrestling’s bad guys. Bob “Hardcore” Holly had one hell of a bad reputation. Here, he opens up, and his as hard with his words as he does with his fists. Uncompromising, brutally honest, eye-opening, and refreshing. Find the truth about the Hardcore one…
Let’s be honest. Chances are if you’re looking at this book, you’re a wrestling fan. Maybe feeling nostalgic for the legendary Attitude era. And, in all probability, you want to know more about the wrestling, and what happened backstage than the early parts of the author’s life. That’s pretty standard. And, unlike some other wrestlers, you’d like a book with a little substance, accuracy, and honesty.
Well, there’s good news and bad news then. You can pick your own from the following:
Bob Holly’s book clocks in at around the 300 page mark. Bob is very, very passionate about his racing days, and discusses them in some detail. He also covers his childhood, early life (from marriage, fatherhood, brawling for money), and getting started in professional wrestling.
And, once he gets started on the wrestling side of things, he does not hold back. What is surprising, however, is that his honesty is well balance. There’s a lot of people on his bad side – for example, he has a number of very, very harsh words for Triple H. Incredibly, he also has some very positive things to say as well.
In the course of the book, Holly gives his opinions on everyone – from Kevin Nash, Crash Holly, Chris Benoit, Vince McMahon, Trish Stratus and more. In every story, he comes across as a straight-forward, no nonsense, no bullshit kind of guy. The book itself reads like sitting down with Bob over a beer.
Of note, Bob also covers the infamous Matt Cappotelli incident on MTV. Not wishing to spoil it, but definitely worth a read.
Admittedly, wrestlers have a reputation for being… “creative” with the truth (Hulk Hogan being one of the worst examples). It’s entirely possible that Bob is guilty of doing the same thing, but he comes across so well that his tales read credibly.
For me, the top wrestling biographies are Bret Hart, Chris Jericho and Mick Foley – the self-written ones. Of those written with co-writers, Bob Holly’s is way up there, and serves as a fascinating insight into the business. Well worth a look.
(Is that OK, Bob? You won’t hit me now, will you?)
The Hardcore Truth is available at:
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hardcore-Truth-The-Holly-ebook/dp/B00BY7V72S/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1370977278&sr=1-1&keywords=the+hardcore+truth
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/The-Hardcore-Truth-Holly-ebook/dp/B00BAH7XDE/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1370977291&sr=1-1&keywords=the+hardcore+truth
Description: Long before he became “Hardcore Holly,” Robert Howard was a fighter. From humble beginnings to fame as an internationally known superstar, The Hardcore Truth tells the story of Bob’s life including his 16 years working for Vince McMahon. In this rollercoaster tale of success and frustration, replete with missed opportunities, broken promises and a broken neck, Bob shares his uncompromising views on the present wrestling landscape with fascinating insights into the world leader in sports entertainment.