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Forgiven: One Man's Journey from Self-Glorification to Sanctification

2.58  ·  Rating details ·  55 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Ask pro wrestling fans about Vince Russo and you’re sure to get a heated reaction: either the guy’s a genius, or he single-handedly ruined the sport. What’s weird about being “the most hated man” in an industry where public ire is money in the bank? Vince Russo wasn’t even a wrestler — he just wrote the stuff. Forgiven is the book that every wrestling fan has been waiting ...more
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published November 10th 2005 by ECW Press (first published November 1st 2005)
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Michael Frost
Jul 26, 2009 rated it did not like it
Without a doubt the worst book I have ever read written by the biggest piece of human garbage walking God's green Earth. He screwed Bret, killed Owen and stole ideas from ECW. And had a big hand in the demise of WCW. If I could give this -6 stars, I would.
Feb 03, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A complete and utter waste of time, I regret even deciding to read this for a laugh like I intended in the first place. I know the title makes it obvious what you're getting but fuck me the amount of preaching Russo does is nauseating, I could read the bible 20 times in a row and go to church and it would feel less preachy than Russo is here.

Also, pretty classy of him to say "God had bigger plans for Owen Hart" when this prick is responsible for killing Owen in the first place.
Jan 31, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: wrestling
The worst pro wrestling book, ever --
Nov 07, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Any Wrestling Fan
Recommended to Che by: Myself
The circus know as Pro Wrestling.. we all know what its about, grown men play fighting in a a ring in front of people to get cheers and what not. But to the real wrestling fan we know its much more than that, its like a live Shakesperian play that includes athleticism, acting, and excellent writing. This is where this man comes in, in my opinion the greatest writer for Pro Wrestling ever. Before this man, all there was in wrestling was cheesy gimmicks, and immature storylines. Vince Russo change ...more
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: wrestling
A mess of a book that could've done with some serious editing, Vince Russo's "Forgiven" is a curious mishmash of evangelical Christian preaching and half-truths from the seedy world of pro-wrestling. However, I consider this book worth a read (if you've got the perseverance to skip through the sermons and numerous, infuriating "but that's a story for another time"s) if only to get some first-hand perspective on Russo's (dubious) character rather than hear about all his misdeeds secondhand. I don ...more
Shannon Marshall Lush
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
An interesting and honest book from a man who became consumed with chasing ever-increasing levels of success inside the squared circle. Unlike many wrestling books, Russo has the courage to publish unkind comments he made about others as well as sincerely apologize for them. It is true the evangelic aspects of his conversions and his focus on them can detract somewhat from the narrative flow (given this was written shortly after he was 'saved'), but on the whole he tells interesting stories and ...more
Chris Belleisle
Jan 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Vince Russo's one of the most interesting character studies in wrestling, but the way he wrote this book was irritating. He wrote a manuscript with some really nasty things about certain people in the industry (such as Jim Ross), then, after becoming a Christian, published what he wrote with retractions saying how he regretted writing what he did. Personally, I think he's just trying to both talk s**t and then get away with it, but whatever. His rise to fame in the WWF is actually a fairly inter ...more
Lee Kyle
Aug 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
If you are a fan of pro wrestling and it's histories then Vince Russo should not be a foreign name to you. Their has never been a more controversial name in the business. That being said I was looking forward to a tell all book of mammoth proportions. Whatwas delivered was a book on his persona life...something I couldn't care less about and his born again Christian beliefs. A total let down along with a waste of money!
Dec 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Russo was the WWF's head writer during its smutty "Attitude" era of the late 90s. He wrote a mean-spirited book that dished the dirt on the his fellow rasslin' performers. Then he met Jesus Christ. The change the Lord made in Russo's life (and book) is staggering.
Erez Schatz
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bio, non-fiction, religion
overly preachy
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