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Self Help: Life Lessons from the Bizarre Wrestling Career of Al Snow

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Professional wrestler Al Snow delivers highlights from his onscreen antics and never-before-heard tales from the road in this high-flying memoir spanning 30 years in the ring.

In the late 90s, wrestling journeyman Al Snow looked in the mirror and saw a man who needed help. A man whose reputation within the wrestling industry was excellent but whose career was going nowhere.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by ECW Press
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Dan Schwent
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books, 2019
Self Help: Life Lessons from the Bizarre Wrestling Career of Al Snow is the biography of wrestler Al Snow.

I've been an Al Snow fan for a long time. After learning about him through the various Apter mags, I was thrilled to see him come to the WWF, even though he floundered with the Avatar and Leif Cassidy gimmicks. When he made his resurgence with the Head gimmick, I was all in. In my mind, he could have easily worn one of the top belts in his prime. Anyway, I saw this book on Netgalley and had
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great book and an amazing story. I have to admit I was surprised the book was as good as it was. I remember Al Snow as the guy who would not quit. No matter how many times he lost (jobbed for the one of the other wrestlers).

What differentiates this from many of the other books from others wrestlers (most of them accomplished world champions), was Al (dispite what he felt at the end of his teens), knows wrestling is a "work". The matches are predetermined, but mental and physical is a must the
Jaime F.
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
For those who are into Professional Wrestling and know who Al Snow is, this book depicts the trials and tribulations he went thru his career. Funny and tell us the gimmicks wrestlers use to develop a character.
I enjoyed his book as much I enjoyed back them his matches in the ring.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Self Help is the story of the life and career of professional wrestler Al Snow.

I received an advanced copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Al was never really a particular favorite of mine, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I thought he was terrible in any way; I was just indifferent. I came to know him initially as one half of “The New Rockers”, a team Al himself deemed destined for failure. However, what I didn’t know was that Al had over a dozen years of experience b
Steve Stred
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My entire childhood was based around spending weekends at my grandparents (who lived just down the street from us) and watching WWF. Back in those days we would start our wrestling day with some Canadian based All-Star Wrestling, then sit back and enjoy the superstars of the WWF.

I stayed a wrestling fan for many years, and stopped when the WWF (by then the WWE) purchased WCW and began to introduce some of their characters.

Maybe it's nostalgia, maybe it's curiosity, but I find myself devouring do
Katie Reed
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got a lot more than I bargained for with this book. I took it with me to read at the hospital as I had to get an IV infusion all day, and I wanted something to keep me busy. I figured if it was boring, I could just play on my phone or iPad. To my amazement, I spent five straight hours reading it cover to cover.

I haven't watched much wrestling in the last ten years, but in the 90s and early 2000s I was a huge fan. I had always loved Al Snow, and I found him to be an amazing wrestler and entert
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you want to read a good book about professional wrestling, I would read books written by Chris Jericho, Mick Foley and now Al Snow. There are a large number of interesting stories and anecdotes by Al from his wrestling career. (Frankly, some of them are pretty gross– –especially some of the “ribs” that wrestlers pull on each other.)

Al wrestled for the WWE, WCW and ECW as well as many independent wrestling organizations. Al also has some interesting stories and observations about various super
Lance Lumley
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book surprised me , especially since I was not a fan of Snow's work in wrestling. I was not an ECW fan- I thought it took wrestling to an insane level, more than anything Vince McMahon could do.
This book was filled with great stories, humorous at times, coming from a man who looked back at his career with a mature outlook, and admitting some of his mistakes. Do not overlook this read if you were not a fan of ECW wrestling or Snow's work, because you will miss out on a great wrestling read.
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s, books-i-own
As a long time fan of wrestling, I knew I had to read this book. I remember Al Snow from my younger days and his plastic head, and knew this would be an interesting book. I wasn’t wrong.

A honest and open book from the start, Al Snow discusses in great length the personal, physical and mental hardships of life on the road and the impact on wrestlers in those days in WWE. This honesty allows for an authentic voice throughout this book and the advice that he gives comes from some fantastic experie
Athena Mae Rupas
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Self Help: Life Lessons from the Bizarre Wrestling Career of Al Snow, in this book Snow offers unfiltered honesty and some opinions may not be agreeable with some, but his candid honesty is something I find lacking in a lot of memoirs. I was a huge fan of wrestling in the 90s. I watched religiously with my brother. It was kind of our thing to bond over.

I remember Al Snow wasn't considered a top talent but he himself was a very talented wrestler (in my opinion at least). This book gives us a pee
Roger Bailey
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wrestling biographies are a guilty pleasure of mine. The world of wrestling has always been crazy and even if you don't follow the sport you'll usually have a good time reading them. While WWE had published biographies of most of their biggest stars, they usually have some punches pulled. With Self Help, Al Snow doesn't pull any of those punches.

Snow was never a top talent, but anyone who followed wrestling in the 90s knows who he is. There are tales from his independent days and through all of
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I have never watched WWE wrestling in my life, but I know some pretty hardcore fans, so when the opportunity to read this book presented itself, I jumped on board. I had NO idea what I was in store for when I picked this book up. I laughed at the crazy "male" antics and chuckled at the "life lessons" Al prescribes (not because they aren't real but because the story behind the learning of the lessons are always obnoxious). I won't pretend this book made me a hardcore fan, like many I know, but I ...more
Sixto Rivero
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book!

This was a great read! I have always been a fan of Al Snow, the wrestler, but this read made me like Allen Sarven, the person. This book is full of great memories, advice about life, and photos of a person that really enjoys life even with all its ups and downs. Til this day, I still cannot believe Al Snow did not win the ECW title from Shane Douglas. Such a waste of a great character and entrance.
Joseph Morris
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful journey

A shame he didn't he didn't joke about Mick Foley (Read Mick Foleys books), but a great account of an underrated wrestlers journey throughout the industry
Anne Logan
May 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Now that I review and recommend books professionally I’m attempting to be a well-rounded reader, which in my mind means that I read a wide variety of books, even books that I suspect I’ll dislike. I’ve fulfilled this promise to myself by picking up a memoir written by a professional WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) wrestler, Al Snow. Self Help is just what the cover promises it to be: stories from his bizarre wrestling career. Knowing absolutely nothing about wrestling and having no desire to ...more
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Mick Foley once talked about how many wrestling biographies would come out after his, and joked that "For crying out loud, I even heard "The Wit and Wisdom of Al Snow" is in the works." About two decades later, Self Help has essentially delivered on that joke. Al talks about his career, delivers many memorable stories, and ends many sections with "life lessons".

I have admired Al's humility since I saw his ROH Secrets of the Ring DVD in the mid-2000s. Unlike most wrestlers, who will go to great
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