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Forgiven: One Man's Journey from Self-Glorification to Sanctification Hardcover – November 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Ecw Press (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550227041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550227048
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,192,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the most honest and insightful takes on the world of professional wrestling to date."  —SLAM! Sports


"The greatest wrestling book ever published."  —Eric Cohen, About.com

About the Author

Vince Russo is the former head creative writer for both the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and the World Wrestling Federation's (WWF) flagship show, Monday Night Raw. After stepping out from behind the scenes, he became an on-air personality and WCW heavyweight champion. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Customer Reviews

Unfortunately, due to the author's self-censorship I was really disapointed.
Andrew M. Walsh
He names no names with "dirty little secrets", reveals no dirty laundry, and is generally rather egotistical and juvenile.
R. Howell
The book does not cover his time in WCW or TNA and that is the book I would like to read.
Tyler Durden

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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Andrew M. Walsh on January 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Russo starts off the book talking about how he is now a minister and a born again christian. Most of the book is written by a bitter Vince in 2002, with chunks added by the re-born author. The "new" Vince starts off by saying that this book HAD it all for a wrestling fan. All the dirt, all the behind the scenes stuff, all the stuff that fans who will actually pay 25 bucks for a wrestling autobiography will want to hear! But "new" Vince then adds that it's not the christian thing to do, and that he has excised all of that stuff out. Great... What did I just buy?

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.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. Howell on February 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Vince Russo throws his name into the ever growing wrestling biography books. Russo claims to have written this book and then went through and commented on it after he 'found Jesus Christ'. This is alright to begin with but all his "New Saved Vince" comments quickly get annoying and pretty much says the same thing over and over again. Russo puts himself on quite the pedestal claiming to have been the sole force of WWF writing and idea man through out the late 90s.

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).
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter on September 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was interested to hear Vince Russo's side of the stories that abound in wrestling. He was at the centre of a lot of the big events for the last 15 years and hoped to get his version of events.

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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As a huge Vince Russo fan, I had to read this book. Wrestling is still torn between kayfabe and the sports entertainment for marks that Russo epitomized and glorified and this book was originally meant to dissect his rise in and departure from WWF. That is, before Russo became a born again Christian (I am religious too but nowhere near as extreme as Vince) and rewrote his original transcript for this book. What is left is a schizophrenic mashup of an autobiography written by a faux-macho Long Island closeted intellectual and a fanatical Christian zealot. Regardless of its hodge-podge, multiple storytelling technique, the book is still a must read for all true wrestling fans.
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By Sports Author Vince on June 12, 2013
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The man found religion. I couldnt be happier for him. The book was great! It covered everything I wanted to know from the early 90's WWE and then the attitude era. If people want to bad mouth him because he has religion in his life then they need to look else where for entertainment. Fine job here by Russo!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Durden on May 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Vince Russo's Forgiven is a fairly good read with his versions of his time in the WWF. The book does not cover his time in WCW or TNA and that is the book I would like to read. In this book he states several times how he was a changed man and would never go back to wrestling. Well shirtly after the book was released guess who went back to writing for TNA after his christian themed wrestling promotion crashed and burned after one show.
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