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Steve Williams: How Dr. Death Became Dr. Life Hardcover – March 15, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC (March 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596701803
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596701809
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Tom Caiazzo is a Professor of Political Science at East Georgia College who has also served as a wrestling promoter, scriptwriter, and talent. He is published in his discipline and this is his third professional wrestling biography. Caiazzo resides in Statesboro, Georgia.


Barry Switzer, Oklahoma's head football coach from 1973 to 1988, led the program to three national championships.


Jim "J.R." Ross has been involved in the sports-entertainment business for more than twenty-five years. In addition to being the "voice" of RAW, he currently serves as senior vice president of talent relations and wrestling administration.

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Not much in the way of inside stories.
M. Blinn
Though it is the strength in faith and defeating the odds in his battle for life that truly makes this book a very powerful testimony in not giving up.
Best Of All
That's a good story but wrestling fans buy wrestling books for wrestling stories and sadly this book was light on them.
J.S. Hicks

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J.S. Hicks VINE VOICE on September 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
During the 1980's and 1990's Steve Williams was one of my favorite wrestlers. Steve Williams was a legit tough guy and a tremendous collegiate wrestler and football player. In the pro wrestling ring he brought believability and intensity to his matches and was one of the top stars in Japan.

I doubt you'd know most any of that from reading this book.

Steve Williams glosses over so much of his career. The book was written with the emphasis on his amazing battle against cancer which he even came back from. That's a good story but wrestling fans buy wrestling books for wrestling stories and sadly this book was light on them.

Likewise, Steve Williams greatest success came in Japan yet his Japanese years are glossed over as well. There are probably many great stories that could have been told about Terry Gordy, Stan Hansen, Mitsuharu Misawa, Kenta Kobashi, and the many others he teamed with and wrestled in All-Japan.

I was really hoping to learn something from this book but sadly I didn't.

I recommend this book only if you don't know anything about Dr. Death and want to but if you're a hard core wrestling fan I believe you'll be disappointed.
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Format: Hardcover
Japanese & Mid South Wrestling Legend "Dr. Death" Steve Williams brings an inspirational story of his life, career, and battle with throat cancer. He tells of his college football career and how he failed to make the jump to the now-defunct USFL. He vowed to a pro wrestling trainer to never play football professionally again, and he emerged on the Mid-South Wrestling circuit, the UWF - two of them no less, and WCW. He regales the reader with his run in Japan, where he gained most of his fame, and why he preferred promotions there over American promotions. And then he speaks of how all his sports achievements ultimately meant nothing, when he was diagnosed with throat cancer and found hope in religion. A heartwarming story of an imperfect man, highly recommended to wrestling fans and wrestling historians alike.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter on April 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a big fan of Dr Death Steve Williams. He is a true wrestler in my eyes, big and tough with excellent wrestling skills. I was really looking forward to reading this book but I found it so-so.

It is nto a bad read but nothing more than an ok read. I thought Steve could have commented a bit more about some of the wrestlers that he had met over the years and perhaps have been less flattering about some of them as he seemed to have gotten on with most of the wrestlers.

The book is good for Dr Death's fans, but there are better wrestling books out there.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Billy Club on March 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
First I want to say that I've been fortunate enough to meet Dr. Death Steve Williams several times in my life, The most recent being in 2003 when he was working for MLW. The guy is one of the nicest athletes I have ever met, He treats people/fans as if he's known you for 20 years, I'm not talking just posing for a picture with you and "thanks for coming to the show kid", I mean the man will answer any question you have and has no problem talking about anything and everything. The last time I met him he had a crowd of about 20 people young and old around him and he stayed there for about 2 hours! ok enough rambling now on to the book. It is a Great book, The best wrestling bio to come out in a long time. Covers a lot of Dr. Death's personal life as well as his Football days to Wrestling all over the globe. It's one of those books that you wish was a 1000 pages long because you want to hear in depth stories about places like Bill Watts Mid-South/UWF, WWE, WCW, ECW, & Japan. No inflated ego here like most other bios, Just an honest story about a tough hard working man who never gave up and always fought at 110% even when injured. The part of the book that explains being diagnosed with cancer is hard to read and will bring a tear to the eye, It's rough but the way Steve Williams writes about it is almost as if it's just another obstacle to overcome, Sure he was scared but he was confident as all hell that he was going to fight it as long as he could. I don't want to give too much of the book away but I'm just so glad I got it and will refer it to people constantly, If you have read any other wrestling bios and liked most of them then you will definitely like this. I think it's better than the Harley Race, Ric Flair, & Ole Anderson books...and that's saying something! & it's right up there with the Terry Funk & Mick Foley books. God Bless Steve Williams and good riddance to his cancer! This is one motivational story people, enjoy!
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By Robert Tyler on October 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Ive read alot of wrestling books. This one sucked. Its a shame too. Dr Death was a big name. Read it only if you are a big fan of his. I am less of a fan now.
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