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Old 05-31-2008, 01:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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It's hard to believe that Professional Wrestling still has fans...

What a disgusting business it is. I used to be a fan a while back, but it's hard to imagine I used to be one. Check out this interesting read that my friend brought to my attention. It's from a book written about professional wrestling.


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A new book titled "Ring of Hell" is out with scandalous details on the backstage scene in Japan, ECW, WCW, and WWE. The book goes into theories as to what drove Chris Benoit to kill his son Daniel and wife Nancy.

The book also has details on other backstage stories not necessarily related to Chris Benoit. Former WWE writer Dave Lagana, who was fired from WWE is mentioned in the book. Writer Michael Randazzo V cites sources that claim that Lagana was released because he was offering sexual favors to male and female talent.

In his latest podcast on prowrestling.net Jason Powell mentions that he has heard this rumor and that Lagana propositioned Kevin Thorne. Kevin Thorne reported the incident to The Undertaker and Undertaker took it up to Vince McMahon. The original story of Lagana's firing was that he was thought to be a leak to wrestling news websites. However, the book states that it was a coverup.

Some of the stories may sound hard to believe but Randazzo does have sources (including former WWE writers) to back up many of the claims in the book.

Here are excerpts from the book:

"In addition to being WWE stars, Nash and Hall, along with their buddy Shawn Michaels, had been genius backstage politicians. Pooling their professional leverage and considerable charisma, they concentrated like no one since Hogan on obtaining maximum power, maximum pay, and maximum privileges from McMahon--for which they should be commended. Their calculated mind games against their colleagues were less worthy of plaudits: they would **** in the food and bags of the women who rejected their advances, berate workers who did not use speed and pain pills, and use their near hypnotic pull on McMahon (who was commonly rumored within the industry to have a psychosexual fixation on Michaels) to get away with power trips that shattered the confidence and morale of their competition. To Nash and Hall, the wrestling business was a cutthroat team sport in which ruthless self-gratification was their only goal, and they played this sport with skill and killer instinct. They were good enough to play Vince 'Emperor of Carnies' McMahon like a hapless mark, and in 1996 they were again facing authentic hapless marks in WCW."
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"Deranged marks like Hart and Benoit were the easiest targets imaginable. Hall would walk up to Benoit backstage 'real friendly like' and say, 'I love your finish! I can't wait to kick out of it!' On another occasion, Hall began talking to Benoit in a casual, chummy manner, relaxing him, making him feel special like a nerd in high school who is finally getting treated like a human being by the jock bully. Midway through the conversation, Benoit realized that Hall had covertly taken out his d*ck and was pissing on Benoit's cowboy boots."


Other topics in the book include:

- Antonio Inoki buying an island from Fidel Castro because Castro told him that there was buried treasure underneath the island.

- Benoit threatening WCW executives that he would mutilate himself on live TV if forced to go through with a storyline he didn't want to be involved in.

- Vader once got tied up by the Yakuza and they started making little cuts all around Vader's body as some sort of ritual.

- Former WWE writer Dan Madigan's story of sharing a limo with the McMahons and HHH in which he witnessed Vince very gently cradle and snuggle Stephanie to sleep in his arms, then fall snoringly asleep himself, only to catch HHH looking at them drool onto each other and snore into each other's faces with a mixture of utter repulsion and spectacular triumph.

- Trainees in the NJPW dojo being subjected to anal **** if they complained about the food and Jusin Liger would punching rookies. There are stories of people being forced to do pushups while veteran wrestlers urinated on their backs, being sexually molested in the showers, and being made to drink their own semen.

- Paul Heyman talks about his drug use in the book but denies the rumors of being Marty Jannetty's drug dealer.

- Dean Malenko was allegedly Eddie Guerrero's drug connection hook-up for years even after he got out of rehab.

- Saito legititmately KOingd Vader for telling him "Vader calls the match, mother****er", and then had the ref count him out while he screamed insults at Vader.

- Eric Bischoff started Nitro as retaliation for a rib played on him by another major promoter.

- No surprise to anyone but Benoit had an undenying love for Dynamite Kid and it sounds like he had self-esteem issues. He had been taking steroids throughout his adolescent years and painkillers to cool himself off but it just made him into a worse person.

(Thanks to Chris Key for emailing us some excerpts and bulletpoints from the book)
(source: wrestlingherald.com and prowrestling.net)
Taken from http://www.impactwrestling.com/Content.aspx?ID=18295
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Old 05-31-2008, 01:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Any wrestling book is horribly factually in accurate, I especially find it hard to believe that Scott Hall ever bullied Benoit as Benoit trained in the Hart Dungeon were Stu Hart taught alot of shoot fighting styles as part of his old school ways, hell Chris Jerihco who is smaller than Benoit but also trained in the Hart Dungeon choked out Bill Goldberg for talking shit, I think if Jericho could handle Goldberg then Benoit could have handled Nash who was high or drunk constantly.

I used to watch alot of wrestling and still have no problem with it but there just are no longer characters that interest me and the ones that did are stale
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Like the article states, some may be hard to believe but the writer actually has sources including former writers of WWE to back the claims up. But even if that one particular story may be stretched, it's still pretty crazy to see some of these stories. Especially the NJPW ones...That's just scary.
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A lot of it does sound like BS, as toxic said. Im done with wrestling as the PPV's are always the same. There are only approx 5 serious contenders, all fights are predictable and they talk to much shit nowdays. I remember when titles would be held on the line at Raw or Smackdown events. Thank god i found UFC
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I remember when I was five and i saw it for the fisrt time. MY first thought was wow this is ******* fake and fuking retarded, and there are still alot of adaults who watch it
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A lot of it does sound like BS, as toxic said. Im done with wrestling as the PPV's are always the same. There are only approx 5 serious contenders, all fights are predictable and they talk to much shit nowdays. I remember when titles would be held on the line at Raw or Smackdown events. Thank god i found UFC
Ahh the good ole days of wrestling...I used to love it when The Rock and Austin owned the biz. That's when I could watch it. But nowadays, I need a daily fix of MMA. I just can't get enough of it. It's never really stale since there's always constantly evolving fighters and new techniques being displayed.
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Wow, good read. I'm actually pretty interested in this book as I used to be a huge wrestling fan.
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Hard to believe, but I still am a wrestling fan. In fact my love for rasslin' is as big as ever. I'm an adult, I watch it, and I find no shame in it.

I doubt even 50% of what's in that book is accurate, sources or not. Anyway rasslin' is a brutal business. With the exception of the top stars you see on TV, most of the wrestlers make chump change while working an insane schedule and living out of their cars and traveling on a daily basis. With the whole Benoit thing, WWE and TNA now have testing policies, but I doubt that they are all that rigorous and I could almost guarantee that certain individuals are protected. Drug use is, was, and will continue to be very prevalent in the business. The abuse that the wrestlers take on a daily basis is ridiculous. Steroids, painkillers, and other drugs help them cope with the pain and recover faster so they can work again and earn a living. I'm not saying it's right, but it is what it is.
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I remember when I was five and i saw it for the fisrt time. MY first thought was wow this is ******* fake and fuking retarded, and there are still alot of adaults who watch it
Guess what, those adults know its fake, but guess what Arnold Schwartenager is not a cyborg from the future, Sylvester Stalonne didnt really knock out MR. T and that stripper down at the club really didnt think you were cute.
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Ahh the good ole days of wrestling...I used to love it when The Rock and Austin owned the biz. That's when I could watch it. But nowadays, I need a daily fix of MMA. I just can't get enough of it. It's never really stale since there's always constantly evolving fighters and new techniques being displayed.
The good old days, i can't stand John Cena....Best comparison of him is 2 a pokemon, only has 4 moves. So many good wrestlers who were fun to watch and marketable, seems that they're all gone now
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