Wrestling Books I Liked & Disliked, Where’s Abyss?, Austin Aries In WWE ’12, Merchandise At Live Events

With many wrestlers releasing books over the years, which have you liked the most and which have you liked the least?

I read a lot and while not a comprehensive list, I can give you some recommendations and some books to avoid. Some of my favorites have been Bret Hart’s autobiography, Chris Jericho’s “A Lion’s Tale” (I’m currently reading his second one), The Stone Cold Truth and Eric Bischoff’s “Controversy Creates Cash.” Bret Hart’s book is one of the best pro wrestling books ever penned, giving readers a complete look inside the business. While I don’t agree with all of Hart’s personal opinions, he provides a detailed account of how things work. Chris Jericho’s books are filled with humor and are very fun to read. Steve Austin’s story is interesting how he rose to stardom and while I skipped the beginning of Bischoff’s book (because I don’t care about his upbringing), his prospective on how things went down in WCW is interesting. My book to avoid would be “Ring of Hell” by Matthew Randazzo V. This book is what they are currently making a biopic about and I felt that not only was the research light, it was written to portray Vince McMahon and the pro wrestling business in a negative light.

We haven’t seen Abyss in over a month. Is he legit hurt?

Abyss is currently on granted time off. When he requested the time off he was expected to return at the end of this month so if I had to guess I would project his return to be any time after Sunday’s Against All Odds pay-per-view.

I would rank Austin Aries as one of the best workers in TNA Impact Wrestling. How did the company feel about him working with WWE for their WWE ’12 video game?

As far as I know TNA had no problem with Austin Aries providing dialogue for the Jacob Cass character in WWE ’12. They probably encouraged it as another revenue stream for him to earn money. Guys like Aries aren’t making a lot working in TNA as it’s not near at the level of WWE. I agree his work is great but just because he’s on television doesn’t mean he’s making a large salary.

What’s WWE merchandise selection like at live events?

There is merchandise at all WWE live events. The assortment and selection varies based on location but you can always expect to see merchandise at any event you attend.

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  • The Cowboy

    I'd say Foley's 'Have A Nice Day' set the standard – it's an astonishingly good read, not just for detailing one of the unlikeliest wrestling careers of all time but also for Foley's ability to deal with really weighty subjects in a light, hilarious and genuinely engaging manner. It's a standard very few other wrestling books have been able to meet – I agree with Richard in that Jericho's and Bret Hart's efforts are just as good, though in entirely different ways.

    Thinking of wrestling books, however, inevitably gets me to think about the books that never were or never will be – I do believe a first-hand account of the lives of, say, Eddie Guerrero or Chris Benoit would've offered a perspective that, sadly, we will never get to benefit from.

    • cristina

      My least favorite book would have to be Joanie Laurer's. I have to put this on the table. I as a female fan once idolized Chyna. I thought she was strong, and revolutionary. And indeed Chyna was…Joanie however was a twisted hot mess. It really goes to show that sometimes the character and the person playing the character are not one and the same.
      The book I would most like to read but probably never will is Mark Calloway's. For one I'm a longtime loyal fan of The Undertaker, but beyond that Mark Calloway is the one man in all of wrestling who's never really been able to reveal too much of his real self. Because he's supposed to stay in character for the public it makes him very mysterious. This man has untold widsom, experiences, and insights on wrestling. I'd love to know what he's seen, how he felt about all he's seen, who he liked or disliked etc. If he chooses to write once he is no longer bound by the Undertaker's persona, I feel Mark Calloway's book will be the one to read.

    • David

      There is an Autobiography of Eddie Guerrero (written along with Michael Krugman) . It's Called Cheating Death, Stealing Life. It came out around the time he had died. There's even a little tribute by Vince McMahon for Eddie in it.

  • Dave L

    I enjoyed Foley's book as well, including Hulks my life outside the ring and even Missy Hyatt's The first lady of Wrestling.

  • David Jr.

    The worse wrestling book in history hands down is If They only Knew, the story of Chyna.

  • @RatedMKD

    I'd say Austin Aries had completed his voiceover work for WWE '12 before he returned to TNA. It was around summertime that he came back. RVD debuted in TNA in March 2010 and was already signed in to appear in SvR 2011 by then.

  • GODSENT83

    I thought the rock book was a good read as well. I would really be interested in one by cm punk once his career is over. Even a cena book, see how he really feels about his character and getting booed soooooo much

  • Sam The Man.

    My dream book would be from Vincent k McMahon.

  • Lenny

    I really believe that WWE’s issue with Aries has to do with his height! If he was 3 inches taller he would probably be tearing up the place much like Punk and Bryan! I realized smaller guys made it (Rey Mysterio but you have to take into consideration that the only reason for that was because of Eddie’s tdeath!) Austin Aries has everything, the look, the ring work the mic skills only thing missing is 3 inches!

    • Dunstan

      That's what she said

    • Patrick V

      You mean tna. Aries is in tna but he voiced Jacob cass in WWE 12. Rey Mysterio got a push because of the fact that all of the little kids in the audience LOVE him and WWE wants money. So little kids happiness & parents buying tickets/ watching on tv = MONEY. Money is the underlying factor here. I found a biography about Amy Dumas( known as Lita in WWE.) and I got through 100 pages and I couldn’t finish. No offense to Amy, she was a great in-ring competitor, but it was too hard of a read. I hope Abyss returns soon and has another worthy feud with someone like AJ Styles and tna gives him another world title run.

      • Paul B

        lol

    • Mojo

      That’s what she said!!

  • Mojo

    I didn’t get much out of HBK’s book. I read it right after Jericho’s so it was kind of a letdown. It was like a biography where he was describing someone that he used to know.

  • Coopapalooza

    Edges’s book was good but not really detailed enough for me. I like to hear about the technical aspect of the business. Jericho’s was a great read. Very entertaining and a page turner. I have SCSA to read and I’ll be buying Bret Harts. HBK’s was good but it would be better to read about his career right up to his retirement. Would love to read takers when he packs it in.

  • Fifth Horseman

    I highly recommend “Walking The Golden Mile” by Wiiliam Regal as well. It’s True, It’s True by Kurt Angle is also a favorite of mine because it tells of his amateur career as well and I was deeply involved in amateur wrestling for 30+ years. To Be The Man by Ric Flair is full of great road stories and insight into his early life. Amazing to think he was almost “Ramblin Ricky Rhodes!” Agree about Chyna’s book totally. A book that really was a let down was Arn Anderson 4 Ever – A Look Behind the Curtain as it was totally kayfabe. Lots of good reads out there though.

  • Paul Bodey

    how even likes the abyss?! GO HARDYZ!!!!!!!!!