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Product Details

  • Paperback: 291 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770411097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770411098
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Holly] shoots straight from the hip with sharp thoughts that cut to the chase. For those who know of Holly's personality in and out of the ring, it provides an endearing, personal style that gives an apt representation of the author." —www.slam.canoe.ca

About the Author

Bob Holly is a retired professional wrestler whose nearly 20-year career spans several networks and championships. He lives in Dubuque, Iowa. Ross Williams, formerly managing director of a noted UK recruitment business, now works as an actor, writer and business consultant. He lives in Berkshire, England.

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For a true wrestling fan the book is a must read.
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This book joins the ranks of Foley and Jericho as the best wrestling biography books out there.
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Bob holly shows the politics of wrestling and is honest in his story telling.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ham&CheeseOrchestra on April 24, 2013
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Hey now, don't get the wrong idea just because I am The World's Greatest Holly Mark(tm), I honestly didn't really have any expectations for Bob's book but bought it on principle anyway. As it turns out, this is one of the best books on wrestling ever written, and considering the other candidates (Foley, Jericho) that's saying a lot. Holly completely opens up and tells his story; punches are not pulled, which is exactly what you'd expect from a guy like him. "The Hardcore Truth" is completely free of any agendas (apart from the ones that are HUGELY justified in the book) or over-glorification of Holly.

Even if you don't agree with some of his actions behind the scenes (I'm still not sure I do), he rationalizes them in a way that would make sense to me if I were a wrestler. To be honest, us fans on the internet aren't in a place to judge anybody; lots of stuff goes on backstage and whether we ever find out about it depends on whether there's a whistleblower. Bob posits the blame of his being made a scapegoat for stuff that occurs backstage all the time, on one Hunter Hearst Helmsley, and I for one have about as much reason to doubt that claim as I do the odds of the sun rising when tomorrow comes.

By all accounts, Robert Howard the person is a passionate, friendly guy who was a far better worker than his acclaim (or lack thereof) would indicate, and he knew it, as did a whole lot of his colleagues. It's heartbreaking to see how many times he came up with ideas on how to use him right that were shot down due to carelessness, apathy, or politics.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Scott Keith on September 2, 2013
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Bob Holly's "The Hardcore Truth" is a fantastic wrestling book, probably one of the best I've read. Not only amazing to read the behind-the-scenes drama of WWE from someone who was there the whole time, but someone who held no illusions about his position in the company. There's no stories about Bob Holly heroically diving in to perform CPR on Owen Hart or influencing the giant news stories that happened around him, just a guy who lived his life like his wrestling career: Head down, mouth closed, roll with the punches and give as good as he gets. It ends up being kind of a sad story because of how matter-of-factly Bob states that he gave everything to the business and it destroyed his body, but at the same time Bob holds no regrets and ended up set for life, so it's hard to feel too sad for him when he's clearly very happy with how his life ended up. Most importantly, I came out of this with a lot of respect for someone who had always been a fringe player, and made me appreciate what he gave to the business just a little more than I had before. This is a great read and I highly recommend it for all wrestling fans who yearn to hear more about the bygone Attitude era from someone who saw it all and has no dog in the fight or personal biases. Except for Steve Blackman, apparently, because Bob LOVES that guy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gregory J Spitz on May 2, 2013
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Bob Holly tells his story & cuts right to the chase reading this book is like having a drink with an old friend & asking them what they were up to the last 15 years…..If the last 15 years was working for the WWE.
The Hardcore Truth hold NOTHING back. Anything you think you could ask he details.
Payouts for Pay Per Views – He gives you the exact figure he made
His Honest Opinion of the tops stars of today & yesterday that he worked with & why he thinks that – He gives you that.
The Wellness Policy – He shoots straight
I rank this book up there with Mick Foley & Chris Jericho’s first books as well as Bret Harts it is a must read for not just wrestling fans but anyone who has ever thought about or tried to wrestle professionally.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Ellison on April 3, 2013
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I'm loving this book so far.I won't lie and say I've finished the book(I will by Mania time this Sunday)but so far this book is good with a capital G.I really love his "hardcore" honesty one can only expect from Hardcore Holly.Bought the book @ 11:58 Sunday right b4 it was released.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Johnson on April 10, 2013
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From start to finish, Bob Holly tells you like it is. I won't spoil anything but to tell you that this book gives the true wrestling fan what they NEED to know about pro wrestling.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edward Lowery on April 8, 2013
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This book I couldn't put down till it was finished. Mr Holly tells it like he saw it, no holden back A must read
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ged on April 2, 2013
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Very touched by the book, Bob is a genuine person with the body of an athlete and the heart of an angel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Miller on June 14, 2013
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Bob pulled no punches in this book. He speaks his mind about a lot of the inner workings and behind the scenes personalities in professional wrestling. A very quick and entertaining read.
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