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First came Missy. Then came Sable, Sunny, Chyna. Missy Hyatt was professional wrestling's first character--the original sexy "socialite" sidekick whose trademark Gucci purse and tough-girl attitude made her the most loved--and the most hated--woman in wrestling. Now, fifteen years after she first shimmied up to the ring, Missy Hyatt takes fans inside the world of wrestling. In this tell-all memoir, Missy discloses the behind-the-scenes secrets of table-throwing, chair-smashing, hair-pulling, and the technique of "juicing"--how wrestlers make themselves bleed on cue. Find out about her relationships with Jake the Snake, Wonder Years' Jason Hervey, Hot Stuff Eddie, and many many more.

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"Missy Hyatt is going to burn in hell--and rightfully so!"
--Paul E. Dangerously (ECW owner, WWF announcer)

"Missy Hyatt is the first lady of wrestling. She knows the business inside out--literally. Now she's telling all. Forget you know me, Missy . . . and enjoy the Witness Protection Program!"
--Electra (ECW, HBO's The Sopranos)

"Missy and I and Brian Pillman were the best tag team ever . . . under a blanket!"
--Tom Z-Man (WCW)

"Missy always had more bullshit in her than a Christmas turkey. But come Christmas, I'd still rather have her on the table than the turkey."
--Terry Funk (WCW)

"Missy was a real bitch to me for the longest time! I think it may have been because she wanted me so bad and knew I was way out of her league. Anyway, as Big Stevie Cool would say, READ THE BOOK! READ THE BOOK!"
--Stevie Richards (ECW, WWF)

"Missy Hyatt is every school boy's dream, and pro wrestling's Jane Mansfield."
--Dusty Rhodes

"People credit 'Sunny' for revolutionizing the wrestling business for females. But before Sunny, Missy ruled the wrestling world. When I met my husband, Chris Candido, I tore her poster off his bedroom wall! Years later, after I met her, I realized what a wonderful person she was . . . which made it really hard to hate her. She's an inspiration to me and a role model for all of the hundreds of girls who have tried to follow in her footsteps. To tell the truth, her poster should be hanging on their walls!"
--Tammy Sytch (aka Sunny--WWF, ECW)

"I've got one word for Missy Hyatt . . . Diva!"
--Kimona Wanalaya (aka Leia Meow--ECW, WCW)

"I think I'm the only guy in wrestling who didn't sleep with Missy Hyatt."
--Kevin Nash (WWF, WCW)


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550224980
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550224986
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #849,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Missy Hyatt was one of the first "modern day" wrestling divas and a pretty big star throughout the 80's and early 90's. This book is the story of her life and her career in the world of professional wrestling.
The writing style is pretty decent and comes across more as a "talk-story" session at the coffee shop. It's very easy (and fast) to read. Many of the wrestling fans "in the know" know about Missy's legendary promiscuity which the quotes on the back cover will allude to, but to be honest, the book is "relatively" clean and not the sleezy "kiss and tell all" book you'd think it would be. Of course she does give a laundry list of sorts of the many, many men she's been with in her life, but it's nothing overly filthy. In a movie rating it would be about a PG-13.
Overall, this book is just a neat story about a pretty average girl named Melissa and the MANY cool experiences, places and people she's had, seen and met throughout her life, not only in her wrestling career, but also as a celebrity.
In the book you get:
- A quick rundown of her childhood
- Her start in the wrestling business as a "groupie"
- Her pretty messed up relationship with Jake "The Snake" Roberts
- Her relationship with "Hollywood" John Tatum
- The formation of the "Missy Hyatt" character in WCCW and her program with Sunshine and Scott Casey
- Her stay in Bill Watt's UWF and program with Jack Victory, Dark Journey and the Missing Link and great stories about Sting, Steiner and J.R.
- The cute story of her courtship, life and marriage (and eventual divorce) to the late, great "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert while in the UWF.
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I remember having a HUGE crush on Missy Hyatt when I was 16. She was the highlight of every week's episode of UWF Wrestling; The action was great, but I struggled with the reception of the UHF channel so I could see Missy, not Hacksaw Jim Duggan or The One Man Gang. (No offense to them!)
Well, in the wake of Mick "Mankind" Foley's smash Autobiographical books "Have A Nice Day!" & "Foley Is Good", Missy has penned her own story, with the help of Writers Charles Salzberg & Mark Goldblatt. I was expecting a sleazy bedroom tell-all, and what I got couldn't have been farther from that. It's actually a rather tame book, and Missy comes across as a sweet girl who led a somewhat wild life. She breaks the book down into brief chapters revolving around her tenures with the various Wrestling organizations (WCCW, WCW, UWF, WWF, ECW, etc.), and tells some wickedly funny stories about some of the people she met and worked with. There are a few sex-partner stories, but they don't get into explict detail. (She does tell VERY funny anecdotes about Ric Flair, Val Venis, and The Freebirds in particular.) She's got a pretty good sense of humor, and reading the book is almost like meeting an old friend you haven't seen in years and hearing an summary of what they've been up to. Unfortunately, Missy doesn't mention her recent foray into soft-core internet sites...
The book is VERY short; I'd estimate it only took a few hours to read. But when I was done, I wished it had been longer. It's a fun read, and the book is loaded with pictures, both color & black-and-white. Wrestling fans will have a ball reading this book.
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This has to be every man's worst nightmare-- a woman who has dated pretty much everyone has decided to write a tell-all. I

can only imagine how nervous these guys were in the days leading up to the release date. The book can be defined as a cross between Missy's diary and her little black book. It's pretty much what anybody would expect it to be, dishing the dirt on some of the biggest names in and out of professional wrestling.

Here's a brief rundown of the men with whom Missy has engaged in "sexual relations": Tommy Rich; Jake Roberts (gave her

cocaine and halcyons); Hollywood John Tatum; Road Warrior Hawk (slept with him to get even with Jake for dumping her);

Hotstuff Eddie Gilbert (the love of her life); Dr. Tom Pritchard (slept with him to get even with Gilbert-- see a pattern here?); Atlanta Falcons' Bill Fralic; Jason Hervey of The Wonder Years ("...money was a big part of our relationship."); The Philadelphia Flyers' Rod BrindÁmour ("...had to put a bag over his head- mentally..."), Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly (this poor guy really comes to take a beating in this book); Raven; Eric Watts (slept with him because "I didn't have time to do my laundry"); Brutus Beefcake; Scott Putski ("...like driving a Ferrari with a volkswagon engine. You rev it once, and it stalls."); Val Venis ("...shortest, lamest sex I'd ever had."); as well as numerous football and hockey players-- WHEW. If the rumor mill is to be believed, there are many more names missing from this list. Brian Pillman is never mentioned although she has appeared in a number of his memorial events, and Tom Zenk makes a veiled reference to a "menage" on the back of the book. My guess is that Pillman was excluded out of respect to his widow and children.
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