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The Legends of Wrestling: "Classy" Freddie Blassie: Listen, You Pencil Neck Geeks

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  149 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Classy" Freddie Blassie is universally acknowledged as one of the most hated heels in wrestling history. Freddie really knew how to antagonize the fans -- how to "get heat." Death threats were frequent, enraged fans stabbed him twenty-one times, and he was even doused with acid. Undeterred, Blassie just took the action up a level. He reveled in being the heel. It was almos ...more
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Published June 15th 2010 by Gallery Books (first published May 6th 2003)
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Dr. Detroit
Not only did MTV destroy rock and roll and everything it ever stood for, they were also present at the beginning of professional wrestling's long, painful disintegration from a closed-society fan base/cult into mindless pap for the masses. Cyndi Lauper as manager or "Hulk Hogan's Rock & Wrestling" anyone? Once televised matches graduated from small, intimate studio settings to arenas and stadiums with full-blown pyrotechnics, concert lighting and sound, and wrestlers who looked as though the ...more
Russell Grant
I've read quite a few of these WWE bios, The Rock, Hulk Hogan, Mick Foley, and this one is easily the best. First off, the scope is ridiculous. From Carnival roots in the 30's to the big shows in the 2000's, Blassie has been there. Since this book is made up from interviews near the end of Blassie's life (with additional commentary from others who were there), it's easily the most no bullshit book by a wrestler I've seen. It's consistently entertaining, interesting, a bit shocking (lubracreme an ...more
Lance Lumley
Nov 26, 2014 Lance Lumley rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Pro Wrestling fan, especially fans of the older generation
This book shocked me. I picked it up at a library book sale and was happy I got it. Knowing professional wrestling like I do, I knew Blassie as a manager when I started watching in the 1980s, and knew he was a wrestler before he managed. I did enjoy the stories he tells about wrestlers like Haystacks Calhoun, Andre the Giant, and others. I also enjoyed his stories about Capt Lou Albano (another wrestler turned manager in the 1980s). I was shocked at how honest some of his feelings were in the bo ...more
Michael
I picked this book up at Border's for a dollar a while ago and to say for that price it was worth the read. "Classy" Freddie Blassie lead an interesting life as one of early wrestlings heels or bad guys. Through out the book they have friends, co-workers, and family members comment on Blassie and the reader finds out that this guy who at one point in time was the most hated man in professional wrestling was the nicest guy in the world outside the ring, but this was when the fans thought what was ...more
John
Forget the word wrestling. and insert the words show business. This bio is very funny, crude, touching. and it reveals a really interesting late 50's and 60's late night Los Angeles television sub culture of wrestling, talk show hosts, characters, music, Dr. Demento.
Blassie traveled the world, worked with tons of talk show hosts, Muhammad Ali,Andre the Giant, Wrestlemania and on.
I am a big fan of comedy/entertainment and I enjoy the road stories surrounding the performance
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David Bowles
Compelling reading! Blassie was some character. Totally mad, could be really horrible at times but you come away liking him despite yourself. A great read, although I didn't know many of the characters in the early days.

He was larger than life, didn't take himself too seriously and told it how he saw it!

A refreshing read!
Patrick
I had to remember that when I was reviewing this book, I was reviewing the BOOK and not the man. As for the book, the author did a good job of recounting Blassie's life in and out of wrestling. What I found was that I was a little disapointed about Blassie himself. Like a lot of great wrestlers, he lived his gimmick and that's okay, but I was bothered by some of his "so-called" ribs that he played and his over all view of life. I know that some of this is generational but again, I was just a lit ...more
Mike Lieberman
Eh. Nothing great. Just another wrestling bio book where the wrestler claims to be the first do this and the best to do that.
Al Young
I have read enough wrestling books to tell you how they are going to go - "I was the first and I was the best". This one is no different, but Blassie does have an interesting story. For those of you interested in the wrestling world of the 1950s and 60s, you will like this read. There's plenty of anecdotes for wrestling fans and they are good stories. There's also recollections of his work with Andy Kaufffman, that Kauffman fans will want to check out.
Mr. Pease
Jan 01, 2011 Mr. Pease rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wrestling fans
A fascinating, if superficial, look at an era of wrestling that is long gone. Blassie was one of the pioneers of wrestling as we know it today and those who are interested in the history of the business will find this a highly entertaining read.
Tim Dunn
Fantastic book....as big a wrestling fan as I am, I really didn't know that much about Blassie, now I do. And while I'm sure some stories may have been somewhat embellished, all in all it was a very believable and great read.
James Johnston
A good book! Really gives you a good look in to a bygone era in the wrestling world. ( If you dont like wrestling, it's still a good biography ) R.I.P. Classie Freddie Blassie!
Corey
A true classic autobiography, "Classy" Freddie Blassie can make you laugh and cry at the wackyness of the world of pro-wrestling, all from his legendary eyes.
Boris
A must read for Blassie fans and for fans of old-time wrestling. Blassie was one of the most outrageous characters in the history of the 'sport'.
Danni
Yes, I have a weakness for wrestling memoirs. Balssie's was definitely one of the most fascinating and most entertaining ones I've read.
Jerry
Another great wrestling (auto)biography. Wouldn't want Freddie as a buddy though. I also wouldn't want him as an enemy.
Andrew
This is the second best wresting book ive read and ive read a couple.
He tells the craziest stories. Its a good biography.
Benjamin
best wrestling bio i've read.
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