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Pin Me, Pay Me!: Have Boots Will Travel [Kindle Edition]

Bobby Blaze Smedley
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Bobby Blaze Smedley's forthright autobiography, Pin Me, Pay Me, Have Boots Will Travel, is a powerful and insightful look at the inner workings of the world of professional wrestling, written in an introspective story-telling style that puts you in the ring with him. Overcoming illness and adversity to rise to the heights of his chosen profession, Bobby takes you on the road and around the world as he realizes his lifelong dream, to be one of the rare individuals who earns his living as a professional wrestler.


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Pin Me, Pay Me!: Have Boots, Will Travel (Paperback)
This books allows for the reader to first person see the journey from a average joe to a real professional wrestler. The most impressive part of this book is that it takes place when wrestling still had a code of respect which is largely lost in today's sport. If you enjoy oldschool wrestling and used to day dream about being a star then this book will let you know what that felt like.

5 Stars! BEST Wrestling book around
aaron garner
Being a old school kayfabe wrestling fan I have read many wrestling books.So many have let me down and cost me money but hey became gifts for my friends lol.Pin Me Pay Me will never leave my bookshelf unless it is in my hands and I'm reading it! A perfect wrestling book about a great guy and underused wrestler who talks about growing up,training and living his dream! Awesome,entertaining and interesting and funny as well this book will be well worth the cost which is great.Look up Bobby Blaze Smedley and he will even autograph it for you!


5.0 out of 5 stars A Blazing Good Story
Pin me Pay me was hard to put down. Blazes life in and out of the ring makes for fascinating reading! Full of stories about wresting, life and respect. Smedley takes you inside the world of professional wrestling, from the local high school gym to the large arenas, you have a front row seat. This book is full of humor, emotion and one man's love and respect for his sport and his fellow competitors. A must read for fans of wrestling and chasing dreams!

5.0 out ofHonest AND Hilarious
Pin Me, Pay Me!: Have Boots, Will Travel (Paperback) is Honest and Hilarious
Pin Me Pay Me is an incredibly honest look inside the world of professional wrestling. Bobby Blaze takes you into the locker rooms, into the spotlight, on the road, and into the pits where the show is put together. Like every profession, wrestling has its own language, with code words, labels, and unspoken rules. Reading this book should be required for every person that ever watched a match on TV - much less paid good money for a night of entertainment at a match.

From the Author

I personally wrote this memoir with passion that came from deep w/in my heart and from my many memories that I had experienced after being on the road as a professional wrestler full-time for over 15 years. I was in wrestling rings around the world. I wrote page after page of action packed stories that reveal the inner workings of the world of professional wrestling. I have wrestled on five different continents and in my memoir, I share those stories. In professional wrestling, in the ring, that's what we do through our matches, "we are just telling a story." I wanted my fans and the readers to feel as if they were right there in the ring with me. I hope you enjoy my life story and the insights I shares from years of being on the road. I grew up in a small Kentucky town, and I loved professional wrestling. I grew to be a man that eventually lived a dream through my athletic and wrestling abilities to make a living when the marquees still said, "WRESTLING!" I take great pride in knowing I was a part of Professional Wrestling. I know my memoir is an insightful look into my many accomplishments, such as winning three matches on the night that I upset Jerry "The King" Lawler to become the Smoky Mountain Heavyweight Champion. I know you will enjoy the journey and the stories.

Product Details

  • File Size: 11601 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1491248440
  • Publisher: Twenty Seventh Street Books (August 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ESO2F7A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,625 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly talented September 22, 2013
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This books bring you back in time, there's a reason why people couldn't put the book down as its such an interesting read of one of the most unused talents in the wrestling business, you could learn more about wrestling in two months just sitting on the couch with Bobby than practicing in the ring for years, his knowledge is power.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars must have for old school wrestling fans September 7, 2013
By rr
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This books allows for the reader to first person see the journey from a average joe to a real professional wrestler. The most impressive part of this book is that it takes place when wrestling still had a code of respect which is largely lost in today's sport. If you enjoy oldschool wrestling and used to day dream about being a star then this book will let you know what that felt like.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Slammin' Great Read! February 26, 2014
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Bobby "Blaze" Smedley has lived a life that many people dream of. He has wrestled some of the top names in professional wrestling, and maintains an impeccable reputation of integrity among his fellow superstars from yesteryear.

In "Pin Me Pay Me: Have Boots Will Travel," Bobby writes a template for personal success. Although the book focuses primarily on professional wrestling, and rightfully so, there are numerous nuggets of wisdom that a reader will take away from this book other than a glimpse behind the curtain in to the secretive world of professional wrestling. Bobby weaves masterful life lessons in to the stories he has personally lived and advises how to get where you want to be in life. Whatever your goal is in life, this book has a moral and a tale to go along with learning basic ethics like respect, honor, loyalty, making decisions that affect not only you but those around you who may be affected by a selfish or selfless decision. This is a book for people who want to learn to be leaders in their profession. This is a book for people who are already leaders, but need a brush-up on humility and honor.

Starting with the first match Bobby watched on television, and leading up to his days in Smoky Mountain Wrestling, World Wrestling Federation, and the defunct World Championship Wrestling, this book is a road map to get you where you want to go. But in order to achieve your goals and dreams you have to be willing to "pay your dues" and earn the respect you desire. This book will motivate you to be the best person you want to be.

On top of being an amazing template for life achievement and career success, it's an amazing look in to the world of professional wrestling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! July 19, 2014
By Jon Joy
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A really enjoyable story of hard work and following your dreams. I enjoyed the tales of growing up in Ashland, as well as the descriptions of the rough road it takes for a wrestler to get to the top, and the many accounts of countless years of travel and battle. The author does a great job of putting the reader there with him throughout.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for any wrestling fan! May 29, 2014
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I very much enjoyed this book. It was told in a very passionate way about the wrestling business. The author provided some very interesting behind the scenes stories that all wrestling fans will appreciate. Very enjoyable read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the Great American Dream! July 1, 2014
By ck
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This really is the story of following your dream and enjoying the ride. But, it is also about fellowship, respect and personal fulfillment. Surprisingly good read. Nice job sharing a foreign world (foreign to me anyway).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Honest Read October 18, 2013
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I must admit I only bought this book because I personally know Mr. Smedeley and grew up in the same town. I am NOT a fan of professional wrestling but my mother was and grew up with wrestling on the television at home. I remember when Bobby was trying to break into wrestling from our hometown of Ashland, Ky. Bobby was my computer lab instructor , substitute teacher (1980's), and later a friend to my me, my wife and sister during his employment at the YMCA (1990's). I always "heard" about Bobby's (I still think of him as Mr. Smedeley!)desire to be a pro wrestler during my youth and early adulthood. Of course, most of the "talk" around town was : "he's crazy," "he'll never make it," and "he's such a good guy, why doesn't he just get a real job?" Well, after reading his book i can definitely say that Bobby made it, wrestling IS a real job, and he definitely wasn't crazy! If you want to read a first hand account of a small town kid with a dream, who MADE it, this book is for you. It's raw and you can feel the TRUTH in the words written by a wrestler not an author. If you are a wrestling fan you will love the stories of battle royales, wrestling politics and lifestyle. If you are not, maybe you will discover the most asked question in my childhood: "Is wrestling REALLY real?!"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I've only watched a handful of professional wrestling matches on television in my life, and I'm not what you'd call a fan of the sport. But as I read "Pin Me Pay Me," something struck a chord with me that rose above the gritty blow-by-blow account of the amazing and full life that he's led--single-minded determination.

I laughed and I cried as I read Blaze's account of his life, and I loved the life lessons that he shares through the stories of his many mentors, coaches and friends. But above all, the sheer determination to live his life the way he wants to live makes the deeper message of this book a shining ray in a world that has gotten way too used to "if at first you don't succeed, wait for someone to give you what you want."

Bobby's writing style is fresh, gritty and real, and it felt like I could have been sitting across a table from him listening to the stories. I recommend this book to more than just fans of professional wrestling, who will definitely enjoy the behind-the-scenes stories and history...but business owners, athletes, indie authors (like me!), or anyone that needs to hear once in a while that determination is a good thing, and that living your life by striving for your dreams is the real source of success.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read!! My Personal Favorite.
Bobby Blaze is REAL!! Great book written by one of pro wrestlings best.. Thank you for sharing your story and taking bumps for the entertainment of your fans. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Russmcla2015
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!
I am a lifelong wrestling fan and have read countless autobiographies from the heroes of the squared circle. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
Great read. I really enjoyed the story. Reading this helps you realize the behind the scenes of wrestling.
Published 1 month ago by James Smedley
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended!!!
If you're a fan of Professional Wrestling, this is a great read! Bobby's book gives you a great look at what is was like for someone who was a part of the last generation to work... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Patrick Fleming
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed reading from different point of view about really...
A lot of pro wrestlers can learn from this man.Never scene him wrestle,heard of him have respect for the man.
Published 3 months ago by tony schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars He kicked a midget in the guts - Enough to make you want to read the...
It's been a long time since I've actually read a book, and it's good that this one was exciting because my mind usually wanders or gets bored easily when reading. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Dang sports Book I have ever read
Best Dang sports Book I have ever read ....lot of history and the story of one mans struggles and what he over come to make it ....wonderful read... Read more
Published 5 months ago by chuck miller
4.0 out of 5 stars I would have enjoyed more pictures
The book really picks up after the first 50 pages and the stories are interesting. Personally, I would have enjoyed more pictures.
Published 5 months ago by Nancy Smedley Gleason
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved reading this book.
I wondered about this book at first; it seemed just a little wordy and repetitive. Then by about page 9 or 10 it hit me: This isn't Bobby writing, it's Bobby talking. Read more
Published 6 months ago by out of shape now
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Loved this book. The style of writing is down to earth and it's real. It was enlightening to read about Bobby's experiences in professional wrestling, going all over America as... Read more
Published 6 months ago by David Wayne McDowell
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Bobby Blaze Smedley once won three hard-fought professional wrestling matches in one night to earn the title of SMW Heavyweight Champion. He writes with the same passion and intensity that he delivered in the ring, giving you the unvarnished truth with a brutal honesty. Love him or hate him, you'll always know where you stand with Bobby Blaze Smedley.

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