Professional wrestlers are known for their athletic and theatrical prowess in the squared circle, but many are also accomplished authors. Their tell-all memoirs give an inside look into their journeys as well as the industry.
This list includes books written by legends of the professional wrestling industry that are funny, sad, and insightful. Wrestling fans looking for a good place to start reading up on their favorite performers should start with this list!
1. Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling by Bret Hart
Bret “The Hitman” Hart is renowned for his technical skill in the ring learned from training in the Hart Dungeon. Learn more about the famous Hart family and their relationship with professional wrestling.
2. Cheating Death, Stealing Life: The Eddie Guerrero Story by Eddie Guerrero
Read about the late legend’s journey from a wrestling family in Mexico to fame with WWE in his own words.
3. Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks by Mick Foley
One of the most recognized writers from professional wrestling comes the bestselling book from the hardcore legend himself about Foley’s experiences in different levels and outlets of professional wrestling.
4. Eric Bischoff: Controversy Creates Cash by Eric Bischoff
Bischoff gives insight into the behind-the-scenes world of professional wrestling as a promoter and personality. The controversy between Bischoff’s WCW and Vince McMahon’s WWE is well documented, but this book gives a unique look at the history and his own life.
5. Cross Rhodes: Goldust, Out of the Darkness by Dustin Rhodes
An intimate look into a legendary wrestling family, Rhodes details his personal journey into professional wrestling and struggle and triumph with sobriety. Rhodes gives an engaging, inspirational story of redemption in the world of professional wrestling.
6. A Lion’s Tale: Around the World In Spandex by Chris Jericho
Jericho is as good at writing as he is at talking in the ring. This book chronicles his career through multiple promotions and countries to become the iconic “Lionheart.”
7. Mick Foley’s Christmas Chaos by Mick Foley
This is a fun departure from bestselling author, Mick Foley. His love for Christmas is legendary (he even named his daughter Noelle). Lighten up your wrestling loving, holiday celebrating heart with a fun Christmas book. Bonus: the book was illustrated by none other than Jerry “The King” Lawler himself!
Whether you’re looking for a down and dirty tell-all, an inspirational journey, or a fun wrestling jaunt, these books are sure to keep you entertained.
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