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Superstar Billy Graham: Tangled Ropes
"I'm the man of the hour," Superstar Billy Graham told his audiences, "the man with the power. Too sweet to be sour!" Despite years of devastating health issues (a long history of drug abuse led to a liver transplant in 2002), the man regarded as one of the most influential professional wrestlers of the past thirty years still flaunts the same optimism that made his interv ...more
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published January 9th 2006 by World Wrestling Entertainment Books
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Sep 24, 2007 Lonnie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in sports entertainment
Superstar Billy recounts his childhood and young adult life as a Christian pastor, then as a low-level grappler, to big time wrestling star; to drug abuse; anger; depression; comeback; retirement; hip replacement; liver transplant and, finally, return to grace. He is brutally honest about his flaws such as the aforementioned drug addiction, disloyalty to his friends and mentors, putting his wife - the true hero of this book - through all kinds of hell and sabotaging his own career because of res ...more
Holy shit. Graham has to be the greatest dabbler of all time: a strongman, an evangelist, a pro football washout, a steroid addict, a star high school athlete, an asshole, a criminal, and an absolute gene yuss on top of it. If you're looking for only-in-America stories of cunning Elmer Gantry types who bullshitted their way to the top, this is one of them. And the "with" format seems to work here, as the co-author has managed to capture the weird cadences of Graham's grandiose speaking style (wh ...more
Preacher. Bodybuilder. Drug addict. WWF Champion. Quite a unique combination for the Superstar who was 20 years ahead of his time. He was among the 1st wrestlers to be ripped, dress outlandishly, and entertain on the mic more than with his skills. This book isn't usually included in the best insider wrestling books, but I really enjoyed it.