Best Wrestler Biographies Books
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1. Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks
Author: by Mick Foley
Mick Foley is a nice man, a family man who loves amusement parks and eating ice cream in bed. So how to explain those Japanese death matches in rings with explosives, golden thumbtacks and barbed wire instead of rope? The second-degree burn tissue?
And the missing ear that was ripped off during a bout-in which he kept fighting? Here is an intimate glimpse into Mick Foley’s mind, his history, his work and what some might call his pathology. Now with a bonus chapter summarizing the past 15 months-from his experience as a bestselling author through his parting thoughts before his final match.
A tale of blood, sweat, tears and more blood-all in his own words-straight from the twisted genius behind Cactus Jack, Dude Love, and Mankind.
Author: by Brie Bella
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A raw, honest, and revealing co-memoir by Brie and Nikki Bella: twin sisters, WWE Hall of Fame inductees, and stars of the hit E! Shows Total Bellas and Total Divas. As twins, the Bellas have always competed.
Legend has it that Nikki drop-kicked Brie in the womb so that she could make her grand entrance first. But the rest of the world often treated them as identical and even interchangeable, so they decided to do something about it.
After they made it into WWE, the Bellas accomplished so much together: bringing in young girls and women while building the Bella Army, helping the transition of female performers from Divas to Superstars, starring in Total Divas and Total Bellas, and founding companies like Birdiebee, Nicole + Brizee Beauty, and Bonita Bonita Wine.
Though their early journey began with loss, abuse, and plenty of rough times, these challenges shined the diamond. They resolved to be survivors and the heroes of their own stories, and to take control and responsibility for their lives. Eventually, they would come to show girls everywhere that they can do anything.
3. A Chosen Destiny: My Story
Author: by Drew McIntyre
In this thrilling, no-holds-barred memoir, WWE Champion Drew McIntyre tells the incredible roller-coaster story of his life, from a small village in Ayrshire, Scotland, to the bright lights of WWE. From a young age, Drew McIntyre dreamed of becoming WWE Champion and following in the footsteps of his heroes Stone Cold Steve Austin and Undertaker.
With his parents’ support, he trained and paid his dues, proving himself to tiny crowds in the UK’s Butlin circuit. At age twenty-two, McIntyre made his WWE debut and was touted by none other than WWE Chairman Vince McMahon as The Chosen One who would lead WWE into the future.
With his destiny in the palm of his hands, Drew watched it all slip through his fingers. Through a series of ill-advised choices and family tragedy, Drew’s life and career spiraled. As a surefire champ, he struggled under the pressure of expectations and was fired from the company.
But the WWE Universe had not seen the last of this promising athlete. Facing a crossroads, the powerful Scotsman set a course to show the world the real Drew McIntyre. Buoyed by the support of his wife Kaitlyn, and the memory of his beloved mother, Drew embarked on a mission to recharge, reinvent, and revitalize himself to fulfill his destiny.
4. Under the Black Hat: My Life in the WWE and Beyond
Author: by Jim Ross
From legendary wrestling announcer Jim Ross comes a candid, colorful memoir about the inner workings of the WWE and the personal crises he weathered at the height of his career. If you’ve caught a televised wrestling match anytime in the past THIRTY years, you’ve probably heard Jim Ross’s throaty Oklahoma twang.
The beloved longtime announcer of WWE is already an icon to generations of wrestling fans, and he’s not slowing down, having just signed on as the announcer of the starry new wrestling venture All Elite Wrestling. In this follow-up to his bestselling memoir Slobberknocker, he dishes about not only his long career, which includes nurturing global stars like Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and John Cena, but also about the challenges of aging and disability, his split from collaborator Vince McMahon, and the sudden death of his beloved wife, Jan.
The result is a gruff, endearing, and remarkably human-scale portrait, set against the larger-than-life backdrop of professional wrestling. Ross’s ascent in WWE mirrors the rise of professional wrestling itself from a DIY sideshow to a billion-dollar business. Under the Black Hat traces all the highs and lows of that wild ride, in which Jim served not only as on-air commentator, but talent manager, payroll master, and even occasional in-ring foil to threats like Paul Triple H Levesque and Undertaker.
5. NITRO: The Incredible Rise and Inevitable Collapse of Ted Turner's WCW
Author: by Guy Evans
Reviews”The most definitive, well written and thoroughly researched book on the rise and fall of WCW.”-Eric Bischoff, former WCW President”This is – without question – the very best book ever written on professional wrestling.”-Conrad Thompson”Well written and captivating…
A fresh take on [the] time period.”-Chris Harrington, AEW VP of Business Strategy “… May be the best overall pro wrestling book to date.”-David Bixenspan, DeadspinSynopsisIn April 1999, Entertainment Weekly asked its readers what many were surely wondering to themselves: how did wrestling get so big?
As a consequence of the heated ratings competition between World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), the spectacle had taken over Monday nights on prime-time cable television. But in a departure from the family-friendly programming produced by the last industry boom – the 1980s wave, which made household names of Hulk Hogan, ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper and Andre the Giant – the new era of wrestling combined stunning athleticism with a raunchy sex appeal, engrossing story lines and novel production techniques that reflected a changing society and its shifting values.
6. The Eighth Wonder of the World: The True Story of André the Giant
Author: by Bertrand Hébert
ECW Press (April 14, 2020)
From field producer for HBO’s Andr the Giant Pat Laprade and renowned wrestling historian Bertrand Hbert comes a definitive and exhaustive biography of Andr the Giant. The gold standard for wrestling biographies. Wrestling Observer Is there a way to find truth in the stuff of legend?
You may think you know Andr the Giant but who was Andr Roussimoff? Through exhaustive research and exclusive interviews with family and friends, The Eighth Wonder of the World offers a comprehensive exploration of Andr’s amazing wrestling career and the indelible mark he left on pop culture, including his role in the cult classic film The Princess Bride.
Born in France, Andr worked on his family’s farm until he was 18, when he moved to Paris to pursue professional wrestling. A truly extraordinary figure, Andr went on to become an international icon and world traveler, all while battling acromegaly.
While his disorder is what made him a giant and a household name, it’s also what caused his untimely death at 46. This biography addresses the burning questions, outrageous stories and common misconceptions about his height, his weight, his drawing power as a superstar, and his seemingly unparalleled capacity for food and alcohol.
7. Forever Optimistic: Fighting Brain Cancer, Finding Your Best Path, and Leading a Life With Purpose
Author: by Robert S. Brams
Skyhorse (June 29, 2021)
Join a high-powered lawyer on his fight for life against brain cancer and his continuing efforts to remain Forever Optimistic. At age fifty-five, Robert S. Brams, a former college athlete, was in perfect health. Bob was blessed with a beautiful family, including his wife and two children.
He had a circle of close friends and a hard-driving international law practice as partner at one of the most prestigious firms in Washington, DC. But after a fateful car accident, an MRI scan revealed a shadow on his brain that suddenly shattered his carefully constructed life.
Brams was diagnosed with brain cancerone of the most overwhelming challenges a person can face. What would the future hold for Brams and his family? Brams has been through six extraordinary yearsfour hospitals, two brain surgeries, a seizure, a stroke, a coma, life support, ICUs, radiation, chemotherapy, various rehab regimens, a hemophilia diagnosis, and countless MRIs.
With all this, Brams’s insurers categorized him as a Catastrophic Loss. Despite all that’s happened, Brams is still in the fight, and he is determined to achieve an important purposeto help beat brain cancer. While his legal career has ended, his continuing struggles have caused him to reprioritize his values and change his perspective on what really matters in life.
8. Young Bucks: Killing the Business from Backyards to the Big Leagues
Author: by Matt Jackson
The electric and daring independent wrestling tag team share their inspiring story of how two undersized, ambitious athletes from Southern California became the idols of millions of popular sports fans, coveted among the ranks of AEW’s elite wrestling lineup. Featuring over 60 photographs and alternating between each brother’s perspective, this entertaining memoir is a complete portrait of what it means to grow intoand give back towrestling, the sport and profession they embody and love.
Famous for their highflying moves, Superkicks, and viral videos, Matt and Nick Jackson are two of the hottest and most talented competitors in professional wrestling today. Known as the Young Bucks, this pair of ambitious brothers are an inspiration to both fans and aspiring wrestlers worldwide due to their message of resilience and determination.
That they are also faithful family men devoted to their loved ones gives them additional appeal. Young Bucks begins in Southern California, where two young boys grew up dreaming of success and fame. Matt and Nick look back on the sacrifices they made to achieve their ambitions, from taking odd jobs to pay for their own wrestling ring to hosting backyard events with friends.
9. Chosen Suffering: Becoming Elite In Life And Leadership
Author: by Tom Ryan
Want to become elite? Get ready for Chosen Suffering. Life in the twenty-first century is designed for comfort-just look around. We have upgrades for everything-airfare, tickets to the big game, and even our phones. But what’s the real cost of comfort?
Easy and elite were never meant to coexist. Throughout history, elite high performers didn’t escape suffering-they embraced it. By carrying their cross, they discovered their crown. Real champions aren’t born-they’re built. It’s true in life, business, athletics, and faith. We must transcend physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual limits if we want to achieve ultimate victory.
Author Tom Ryan calls this “chosen suffering.” He knows that success comes with a price, paid for by the daily choices we make. He also believes every person encounters “unchosen suffering,” the type that brings us to our knees. In Coach Ryan’s darkest hour, he and his wife discovered joy, peace, and hope.
In this raw and relatable book, you’ll learn how the death of a dream can lead you straight into the grace of God. Ryan shares the lessons that secured his University’s first-ever NCAA National Championship. You’ll discover his proven process for escaping average and embodying greatness.
10. Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling
Author: by Bret Hart
September 18, 2008
Written without collaborators and based on decades of tape recordings he made throughout his career, Hitman is Bret Hart’s brutally honest, perceptive and startling account of his life in and out of the ring that proves once and for all that great things come in pink tights.
11. Rowdy: The Roddy Piper Story
Author: by Ariel Teal Toombs
The biggest pro wrestling bio since Bret Hart’s Hitman: legendary Rowdy Roddy Piper’s unfinished autobiography, re-conceived and completed by his children, actress/musician Ariel Teal Toombs and wrestler Colt Baird Toombs. In early 2015, Roderick Toombs, aka Rowdy Roddy Piper, began researching his own autobiography with a trip through Western Canada.
He was re-discovering his youth, a part of his life he never discussed during his 61 years, many spent as one of the greatest talents in the history of pro wrestling. Following his death due to a heart attack that July, two of his children took on the job of telling Roddy’s story, separating fact from fiction in the extraordinary life of their father.
Already an accomplished wrestler before Wrestlemania in 1985, Roddy Piper could infuriate a crowd like no “heel” before him. The principal antagonist to all-American champion Hulk Hogan, Piper used his quick wit, explosive ring style and fearless baiting of audiences to push pro wrestling to unprecedented success.
12. Slobberknocker: My Life in Wrestling
Author: by Jim Ross
New York Times bestselling author! Here is the story of how Jim Ross, an Oklahoman farm kid with a vivid imagination and seemingly unattainable dreams, became The Voice of Wrestling to record TV audiences and millions of fans around the world.
There are few people who have been in the wrestling business longer than Jim Ross. And those who have made it as long as he has (half a century to be exact) probably made enemies or burned bridges. But that’s just not JR.
He’s recognized as the man who built and nurtured a once-in-a-generation talent roster that took the WWE to new heights, including Stone Cold Steve Austin, Brock Lesnar, and The Rock to name a few. Readers will finally get the opportunity to hear never-before-told stories about the politics, wackiness, and personalities of all the biggest stars.
Jim opens up about his life as an only child on a working farm, who became obsessed with professional wrestling having first saw it on his grandparent’s TV. Even though the wrestling business was notoriously secretive and wary of outsiders, he somehow got a foot in the door to start a historic career, one where he held almost every job in the businessfrom putting up the ring to calling matches, from driving his blind, drunk boss towards revenge, to consoling two naked 600 pound brothers in the shower room after a rough match.
13. Wrestling with the Devil: The True Story of a World Champion Professional Wrestler–His Reign, Ruin, and Redemption
Author: by Lex Luger
Lex Luger, wrestling megasensation and three-time world heavyweight champion, ruled the ring for years as The Total Package. Whether he was making a dramatic entrance from a helicopter, defeating champ Hulk Hogan, or sculpting a near-perfect physique, Lex was on top of his game.
Yet backstage, he was wrestling with addictions to sex, drugs, and alcoholthings he clung to even when his mistress died suddenly of a drug overdose and Lex went to jail. There, Lex faced the truth: he was losing the fight for his life.
And still awaiting him was his most brutal opponent yet, when the wrestling champ found himself helplessly paralyzed from the neck down. In Wrestling with the Devil, Lex Luger reveals never-before-told stories from his career, his struggle with personal demons, and how, through unexpected faith, grace, and redemption, he overcame all odds to fight the only battle that really matters.