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Forgiven: One Man's Journey from Self-Glorification to Sanctification Hardcover – November 10, 2005
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The narrative is quite entertaining, but everytime "new" Vince interjects you really just want to puke. All he does is say how horrible a person he was and glory be to jesus, he is the light, glory be... glory be! I have no idea how a person can go a complete 180 and be legit. He WAS cocky, arrogant and had a real Howard Stern sense of humor, and now is a bland, neutered, bible thumping bore-fest.
The book is ok, but the tease that all of the "good stuff" was removed and the pages of "new" Vince really leave a bad taste. Also the book ends very abrubtly at the end of his WWF tenure, and has no WCW or TNA content.
Alot of people either love Russo or hate what he did. I'm a hater, I really don't like the Springer like phase of pro wrestling he's responsible for, but I was legit looking forward to hearing his side. Unfortunately, due to the author's self-censorship I was really disapointed.
Russo begins by telling us this is going to be THE tell all book, he'll name names, reveal dirty little secrets, hold nothing back, and hurt some feelings. He does none of this. He also tells us he's not going to fill the book with "trite details" of his life then spends the first 150 pages doing just that. According to Russo, he was pretty much McMahon's sole defender in 'wrestling journalism/broadcasting (radio)' during the steroid scandal, even though he was only a co-host on a small, small time radio show that aired once a week (with the guy who lead the 'smear campaign'). He constantly insults Jim Ross, "The Man from Bland" (his words) and makes a lightly veiled comparison of how could TBS continually put Hubie Brown "the ugliest announcer ever" on the air when his appearance alone will make you not watch the basketball game.
Among his more suspicious claims are that he has "deep respect" for everyone but the only non-main eventer he mentions is D-Lo Brown. He also managed to see that all the megastars were going to be megastars prior to them doing so (conveniently his stories made them so, he hints at).Read more ›
What I got was a watered down version of his pre-WCW days with him giving space to his thoughts today, now that he has found God.
I have no problem with his religion except that his new belief meant that tha book was weak and feeble. Barely could read it as it came across as too preachy for my taste.
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