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The Somebody Obsession: A Nobody's Desperate Journey to Stardom [Kindle Edition]

Matt Murphy
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description


Many stars have shared their success stories in the crowded genre of professional wrestling autobiographies. But for every star there are a hundred also-rans, those of us who fell short of our dreams.

We, too, have a story to tell.

In my autobiography, THE SOMEBODY OBSESSION: A NOBODY'S DESPERATE JOURNEY TO STARDOM, I reveal how I overcame an impoverished, troubled childhood to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a professional wrestler. I had to succeed; failure meant damnation back into the white-trash hell from which I came. While self-medicating the scars of my tormented youth, I reached for the stars and could feel them at my fingertips before my amazing ride crashed to an abrupt end.

My story is THE BULLPEN GOSPELS meets I HOPE THEY SERVE BEER IN HELL. Funny and poignant, it is an inspirational and cautionary tale for anyone who dares to dream. It is about overcoming challenges and shows that the dreamer’s biggest obstacle is often the one that stares back at him in the mirror.

Editorial Reviews


"A heck of a story about the less glamorous side of the wrestling business." --Mike Mooneyham, Author, SEX, LIES, AND HEADLOCKS

"This book is more addicting with each chapter.  You don't need to be a wrestling fan to enjoy it." --Jason King, Yahoo! Sports

About the Author

Matt Murphy was the first graduate of the Harley Race Wrestling Academy and later became the lead instructor at the professional wrestling school. A respected former independent wrestler with experience in Pro-Wrestling NOAH and WWE rings, he also worked as the producer, play-by-play announcer, and editor of a weekly wrestling TV show. Murphy is the author of THE PROFESSIONAL WRESTLER IN THE WORLD OF SPORTS-ENTERTAINMENT (2008) and THE SOMEBODY OBSESSION: A NOBODY'S DESPERATE JOURNEY TO STARDOM (2011) and is a contributing writer for Missouri Wrestling Revival. He lives in Missouri with his wife and son and finds it awkward to write his own author's bio in third-person.

Product Details

  • File Size: 481 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Centerpiece Press (January 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J4WJ6G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,278 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Somebody" Special January 18, 2011
As someone who has read a good 60% of the pro wrestling bios out there, "The Somebody Obsession: A Nobody's Desperate Journey to Stardom" by Matt Murphy ranks with the very best of them right alongside Mick Foley's bestsellers and Brett Hart's autobiography.

Matt's autobigraphical tale of his journey from troubled childhood to fondling, but not quite getting a grasp on the brass ring that is pro wrestling superstardom, is compelling, poignant, and often laugh out loud funny. As interesting as the lives of the big stars who have endeared themselves to us or entertained us in the squared circle throughout the years may be, this story of a man who tried and came close is in many ways more interesting than any of them.

Even if you are not a fan of pro wrestling, Matt Murphy's story is a top notch page turner that anyone who ever had a dream will surely identify with. This is one of the best bios of any kind I've read in a while.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
You often hear about the stories of pro-wrestlers who became household names like Hulk Hogan, The Rock, John Cena or Ric Flair. The stories of big money, fast times and great success makes it seem like the world of professional wrestling is a fairytale land. Casual fans and folks who just happen to turn on the TV to see RAW on USA do not know or appreciate the journey each of the wrestlers presented had taken to arrive on a national stage. In reality, the casual fan and channels surfer could care less. However, to those of us who grew up loving the experience, entertainment and sport of professional wrestling, we always want to know more about the individual and what it took to make it in the business of pro-wrestling. We want some insight into the passion and sacrifice folks have made when they lace the boots up and step into a wrestling ring. That is why I always enjoy reading a autobiography written by a pro-wrestler. Good ones like Pure Dynamite or any of the Foley books were great to read. I gotta tell you that "The Somebody Obsession" by Matt Murphy is book that goes much further in describing the painful journey of trying to make it in the cut-throat, dangerous, thrilling and addictive pro-wrestling business. Yes, it has plenty of info about his travels in the US and in Japan. But what is compelling is that Matt bares his soul in this book. He reveals and takes you places from his heart that most would not be willing to share. For a book that deals with a so-called "Fake" sport, Matt's story rings true and is very REAL. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The other 99%. January 18, 2011
By juan
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Matt has wrote a great book on the journey of a young kid who breaks into the greatest business in the world, pro wrestling. Where else can a poor white kid from rural Missouri and a broken home get to meet and develop a relationship with a true living legend as Harley Race, travel to Japan, wrestle in front of 20,000 people and shake hands with a billionare? But it comes with a price of politics, constant lack of money and physical pain.
To all indy workers out there there are also great tips and gems of wisdom in the book on how to make it in the wrestling biz. Matt did a lot of things right and just a few things wrong and thats all it took to keep him from the big time. But he was left with a great story, fantastic and unique memories and some lessons in life he can use until his dying day on how to make your dreams and big goals come true.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Flip-Side of the Coin February 1, 2011
By Chad
"The Somebody Obsession" is the story of young man who did not live out a Hollywood script; rather he discovered that the elusive dream of wrestling glory was not the key to his happiness. Matt Murphy's account of his life and the wrestling industry takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster as he reflects on a life that at times reads like a tragedy and times looks like he is bound for WWE glory. From memories of a painful and traumatizing childhood through the foibles of adolescent awkwardness, the reader meets the young man who would eventually discover the joy and pain of pursuing his dream of becoming a wrestling somebody. Matt's account leaves behind flowery prose and presents the reader with his raw thoughts and emotions, not to mention a remarkable memory bank of details from his wrestling career. The uniqueness of "The Somebody Obsession" is that unlike the majority of wrestling autobiographies, this story does not come from the perpsective of a legend and it gives the reader a peak into the life of "the little guy" in the business. In pursuit of his dream Matt would encounter industry politics, empty promises, the satisfaction of being a hero and ultimately face his darkest side. This is a story written from a scarred but sincere heart that pulls few punches and reminds us of the fragile nature of the human condition. Ultimately, this is a story of triumph as Matt calls for the reader to ask, "What makes a human being somebody?" Fans of wrestling and fans of memoirs can glean a lot from this young man's story. For those looking to enter the wrestling industry, read this book and use it a source of wissdom. Thank you for sharing your story Matt and giving all of us another perspective for reflection on our own lives.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
could not put it down once I started to read...
Published 1 month ago by jason
5.0 out of 5 stars Matt not only great in the ring
Matt not only great in the ring, he is also great with words. I greatly enjoyed his stories and highly recommend this book to anyone. Thanks, Matt.
Published 8 months ago by Heath D Hunziker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
Published 8 months ago by Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
This is a great insight into the behind the scenes workings of the pro wrestling business. Long time fans will enjoy Matt Murphy's story and can appreciate the passion he has for... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jason Van Leer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I have read all the wrestling books...all of them. Matt is a tremendous writer and the detail of his early life would have made for a tremendously engrossing read on its own. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jonathan Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars cscottmoody
Good read & story telling. The author comes from a bitter & negative place at times but it can be overlooked if you concentrate on the story & not the attitude.. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Christopher S. Moody
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
Matt Murphy crafts an excellent narrative that is full of detail. I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of sports and/or wrestling autobiographies. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Chris R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
Great reading for true wrestling fans regarding life in the indy wrestling circuit.
Loved the stories of the stars and up and coming wrestlers.
Published 19 months ago by joel chapman
4.0 out of 5 stars Pro
Real good, read enjoyed it. So many people try to break in and then something happens. Only if you could have more time.
Published on February 20, 2013 by Dean W. Reid
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story about Indy wrestling with a heart
Really enjoyed reading about Matt's career and his happiness with his new "normal" life. Especially enjoyable were the parts that dealt with wrestling in Japan and his WWF... Read more
Published on January 10, 2013 by Joseph F Feeney III
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More About the Author

The first graduate of and former lead instructor at WWE Hall of Famer Harley Race's wrestling academy, Matt Murphy traveled across the United States and Japan as pro-wrestling villain "All That" Matt Murphy. After an auto accident ended his wrestling career, he authored three non-fiction books, including Kindle bestseller THE SOMEBODY OBSESSION: A NOBODY'S DESPERATE JOURNEY TO STARDOM. He currently lives in Missouri with his wife and son.

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