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on March 21, 2004
Other reviewers have mentioned the many factual errors in Sex, Lies and Headlocks, so those aren't worth rehashing. However, these apparently novice writers can't decide on a point of view - in one section they're cheering the WWE's or WCW's ratings dominance, the next they're presenting the actions of L. Brent Bozell as if his assertions had some basis in reality. And why is WCW even mentioned outside its role as a competitor? The book is subtitled "The real story of VINCE MCMAHON AND WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT." Full chapters are devoted to Eric Bischoff and WCW, presumably to lengthen an already-brief book with plenty of fact-checking problems.
What's more, there is no information here that can't be found in the WWE's own video, The Monday Night Wars, or on WWE Confidential. This "real" story is the same as the one the WWE tells, begging the question, "Why say this again?"
Finally, this book is poorly written and badly edited, lending another level of amateurism to its writers and their publisher. Did no one line-edit this book? If they did, they can take one of my writing classes, as long as they don't expect to do well.
Sex, Lies and Headlocks is a pitiful excuse for a book on anything, much less a book on wrestling or a "tell-all." I regret wasting my money on this piece of unmitigated garbage, and its "writers" should be ashamed of themselves. The world needs far, far fewer books like this one.
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on February 8, 2004
This is not a book that does any justice for professional wrestling in the least. It is written by yet another one of these elitist journalists who has a disdain for wrestling. Just to give you an idea of the quality of this book, look at the cover; Vince McMahon's head is placed on Scott Hall's body in some kind juvenile attempt to take a shot at McMahon. On top of that, like most of these pro wrestling haters in the newsroom, it is not factually written, because they don't watch the shows and therefore they don't know much about the topic. Plus they are so insensed on ripping apart Vince McMahon they just plainly don't care, which they show in this heartless, thoughtless diatribe about the wrestling business.
There is not all good in wrestling, but books such as Wrestlecrap, Tributes and the Top 100 cover the hard topics in a tasteful method. The reason is because these books are written by individuals who understand and respect the wrestling business. These elitist journalists make me sick. If you want to learn about wrestling, please don't buy this book, it is just a journalist's hateful look at professional wrestling and we don't need books like this associated with professional wrestling. Just a plainly awful book all the way!
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on August 17, 2002
This has to be the most disappointing book about the world of pro-wrestling that I have ever purchased. And I have bought just about all of them. This book was hyped and reviewed well, so I expected a lot more than I got.The facts are more often than not, totally wrong. The supposed dirty little secrets ,were already well known facts that have been common knowledge for years. And or, the "secrets" were simply filled with wrong information. I found myself wondering where the authors got their information from.They couldn't have been watching the same shows that I have been watching for over 20 years since they weren't even able to get the gimmicks or angles right.There are quite a few incorrect dates.The authors also jumped back and forth through the history of wrestling,(with no logical reasoning)leaving any reader that has any real knowledge of that history, confused and frustrated.The title of this book is totally misleading. As I said, save your money. New fans or fans that are total "marks", might think they are reading something real. Any fan with the slightest insight into wrestling should be offended and disappointed.
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on July 17, 2002
I was looking forward to this book. Both Assael and Mooneyham are well-known 'respectable' journalists whose aim, I believed, was to write an objective account of the history of pro-wrestling. The second word of the title is unfortunately a description of this book rather than pro-wrestling itself. The flaws are far too numerous to list therefore I will concentrate on just one - the 1976 match between Muhammad Ali and Antonio Inoki.
The book claims that Ali was approached to fight Inoki in a pro-wrestling match and the idea was for Inoki to win. Ali however did not trust Inoki and in a bad mood, abandoned the script and went after Inoki for real and Inoki was so scared he fought like a spider - running from Ali and refusing to stand up and fight. In addition Inoki wore spikes on his shoes which caused all the damage to Ali's legs. The authors' only source for this story is Bob Arum, Ali's promoter, whose interest in the affair is far from neutral. Arum has been quoted telling many different stories about the event in other books (Ali had too much pride to perform a fake match and demanded that the fight should be real etc. The spiked shoes are new to this book however). The authors' relate to Arum's story as truth when it is in actuality a fiction.
The authors missed out the following facts:
- The match with Inoki was Ali's 4th pro-wrestling match.
- Ali's objection to the Inoki fight was that he was supposed to lose and demanded that Inoki threw the match (Ali was given the win in all his other pro-wrestling matches).
- Inoki refused to lose and suggested the match was to be a shoot (real). Ali agreed and a set of fair rules were agreed and signed by both fighters and their camps.
- On the 18th June 1976 (one week before the fight) Ali saw Inoki in a public training session (kicking through baseball bats, having 300Ib men jumping on his stomach and so on) and refused to fight Inoki unless the rules were changed. A new set of rules were agreed which allowed Ali to box and kick on the ground. Inoki was banned from punching, kicking unless three points were on the ground (i.e. both hands and the other foot), takedowns and slams. In addition if Inoki grappled Ali and Ali touched the ropes the hold would be broken. Inoki only agreed to these rules as he had more to lose if the fight did not go ahead.
- During the match Inoki fought under the limitations of the rules. Ali refused to move away from the ropes so whenever Inoki grappled him the fight was restarted. Inoki's so called 'cowardice' was the only offensive move he could legally use. Ali's legs were badly damaged during the fight but not from puncture marks. Despite the bad position from which Inoki had to throw his kicks they were still hard enough to cause internal bleeding, blood clots and severe swelling which forced Ali to spend a number of days in the hospital.
The rules for the match were well publicized before the match and are well documented by the Japanese press. Assael and Mooneyham have no excuse (other than breathtaking ignorance) for writing such nonsense. The book is just overflowing with stupidity and inaccuracies. Assael and Mooneyham should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.
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on September 16, 2002
When I bought this book I was excited. Finally a book that will show how Vince McMahon operates. Instead from the very first chapter I was bombarded by what I saw as the auther blaiming Vince for the death of Owen Hart. He didn't flat out say that Vince Killed Owen but he hinted at it. Also when explaining the death of Owen Hart he takes us into the head of Owen Hart. My only question is this, was the author there when Owen died?
This book offers tons of "facts" on wrestling that most hardcore wrestling fans already know. However I would not recommend this book to newer wrestling fans because although the facts may be valid there is a lot of person bias against McMahon. And hinting that Vince was personally responsible for Owens death and that he forced Owen to do it goes against everything that has been published about Owen's death from the Rock, Mick Foley, and others who knew him. Save you money on this one.
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on October 28, 2002
This authors of this book have no idea of writting a book about The WWF(now WWE), It was the worst book ever written. One word of advice to the authors stay writting for ESPN Magazine.
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