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Arn Anderson 4 Ever: A Look Behind the Curtain Paperback – June 16, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0966324600 ISBN-10: 0966324609

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Kayfabe Pub Group (June 16, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966324609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966324600
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,176,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

This book is a must for anyone who is a fan of prowrestling! The truth about wrestling once and for all revealed by a man who lived it. Nobody tells it like Arn,straight and to the point. The inside stories of events and people in pro wrestling from Ric Flair and the Minnesota wrecking crew to the modern day Nwo,and everything in between. This is a powerful,true life story filled with wit and wisdom thats not just for wrestling fans. Its a success story about a man who became a legend. Its about clawing and scratching your way to the top,and the sacrifices made along the way. You will love this book!

About the Author

Arn Anderson has been making a living as a pro-wrestler since 1982. He was a founding member of the legendary 4 horseman. He achieved greatness as "the enforcer" by holding many world tag -team championship belts and numerous singles titles. His ring career ended after having 4 vertebrae removed from his neck in 1998,though today he still serves as a mentor and member of wcw wrestlings 4 hourseman.

Customer Reviews

He tells the story of his career with great clarity.
Johngy's Beat
Secondly, I believe this book will be of benefit to any wrestling fan.
Mr. JKW
To give you an idea, he never even said was his real last name is.
francois poirier

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Adam Geller on March 22, 2000
Arn Anderson was always a solid worker and one of the best talkers that ever laced up a pair of wrestling boots...however, that doesn't translate on paper. What hurts this book is that Arn stays in character and refuses to break kayfabe. I realize that Arn is from the old school and always tries to protect the business but this is the year 2000 and everyone exposes the business. Arn could have made an inside look at the business still be positive but he didn't. He also glosses over his stabbing incident with Sid Vicious. There is also virtually no inside information in this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert S. Riemensnyder on October 22, 2005
When I buy a wrestler's autobiography, I expect a few things, namely an honest, true-to-life portrayal of said performer's time in the business. I didn't get any of that here and that disappointed me greatly because I am and always will be a fan of Arn Anderson.

This book is one big kayfabe (aka "in-character") mess. If this were twenty years ago, I'd understand Mr. Anderson's reluctance to expose the business, but this is a different day and age. Everybody, even fans, has been exposed to the truths behind professional wrestling. Heck, there has even been a reality show focused primarily on the training that goes into learning these basics.

I find it silly that Anderson went the kayfabe route with his book, knowing what he does about the modern state of the business.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. JKW on July 16, 2001
All in all, Arn Anderson 4 Ever: A Look Behind the Curtain is, simply put, a darn good book. The book is all that it maintains to be, a look at his life and the 15 years he spent in the wrestling business. The book chronicles his life from his very humble childhood beginnings ALL the way up until the end of his career. In sum, it is a great look at his life and his wrestling career. It is the story of a man achieving his American dream.
In all, I believe this book will be of benefit and interest to three distinct groups of people. First and foremost, I believe this is REQUIRED READING for ANYONE who has ever fancied the thought of becoming a pro-wrestler. Perhaps better than any of the other wrestler biographies out there, Arn's book REALLY paints a clear cut picture of how grueling life on the road truly can be. You get a real feel for the thousands of miles traveled for peanuts, the thousands of days spent away from family, and the interesting characters you meet and deal with when leading that lifestyle. Also, he paints a very realistic picture of what it takes to make it in this business including surviving on the road, getting along with the boys in the locker room and having that OLD SCHOOL mentality about having respect for the business and the boys that came before you and giving your 110% in all that you do. He clearly chronicles how he broke into the business and how he survived (and ultimately thrived) in it. In my opinion, this is required text (along with Foley's books and Gary Michael Cappetta's book) for Wrestling 101.
Secondly, I believe this book will be of benefit to any wrestling fan. Arn is one of the all-time respected vets in the business. Wrestling fans will marvel at his stories of his fifteen years in the business.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 1999
Marty Lunde aka "Arn Anderson" is a rather ordinary fellow in the very flamboyant world of professional wrestling. He describes himself as someone who "never had the big biceps of the pretty boys, but the [sort of] guy you'd want to have a beer with." This 'everyday kind of guy' persona resonates with his fan base, and Anderson has worked the angle tirelessly - dismissing wrestlers gifted with looks and ability - claiming such qualities are secondary to the 'will to achieve' to which Anderson attributes his success.
In particular Anderson has sought to contrast himself against fellow wrestler Tom Zenk. In his 'autobiography', Anderson claims that while Zenk has the good looks and physique which Anderson lacks, he (Anderson) has the determination and ambition to succeed which, he claims, Zenk lacks.
"As for Tom Zenk, he is the guy with the most potential and least ambition I ever met. Everything was too easy for him. He was extremely good looking with a great physique that won him a number of bodybuilding titles. That guy could go without working out for a year and, given thirty days to get in shape, could look like Rick Martel. But, as his one-month [TV title] reign shows, things coming too easy can be a hindrance in this business." (Arn Anderson 4 Ever; A Look Behind the Curtain, pp. 126-127)
Elsewhere he criticies Zenk, who defeated him for the World TV title in 1990 as "a Greek god" endowed with classic looks and wrestling physique "engaged in "a grandstand play ...to get beautiful women" before again asserting the primacy of the Andersonian "will to achieve" over those naturally gifted and talented like Zenk.
But there's a major problem with all of this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PaulB on November 24, 2003
This book deals chronogically with how he broke into
pro wrestling, met his wife, and other topics, like his
close relationship with his grandmother, who raised him.
The problem with this book, as someone previously mentioned,
is that he writes the book in a style as if the pro wrestling
matches were not predetermined, but on the level.
Another problem with this book is it is under 300 pages.
For a man who spent over 15 years in the profession as a pro
wrestler or in some other capacity, he doesn't have very much
to say. The Rock and Kurt Angle had hardcover books that were
much broader in scope and depth, even though they were in the business a shorter period of time.
He does talk about his Horsemen days, his relationships
with Ole, Tully, Ric, and others. He talks about various
bookers, and doesn't hold back on what he thinks about
Bill Watts, Vince McMahon Jr., and others. Arn Anderson is
probably one of the most underrated pro wrestlers,
considering his technical proficieny. The book mostly
centers on his life outside the ring, especially his
family, like his deceased grandmother, his wife, and his
kids, and also his life on the road as a pro wrestler.
I had to deduct one star for the fact it is under 200
pages, and another star because he talked to the readers
as if they were marks. I'm not saying don't buy it, but
this should be a lower priority in terms of books, when
compared to such books like Sex, Lies & Headlocks, Bobby
Heenan's book, Fred Blassie's book, Owen Hart's book,
Stu Hart's book and Roddy Piper's book. These books are
a few examples that give more bang for the buck in my
opinion. It's not a bad book by any means, but not an
outstanding must-read, which is a shame, considering
the great career the man had as a pro wrestler.
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