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?!"