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Wrestling with the Devil: The True Story of a World Champion Professional Wrestler-His Reign, Ruin, and Redemption [Kindle Edition]

Lex Luger , Steve "Sting" Borden , John D. Hollis
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Lex Luger, wrestling megasensation and three-time world heavyweight champion, ruled the ring for years as “The Total Package.” Whether he was making a dramatic entrance from a helicopter, defeating champ Hulk Hogan, or sculpting a near-perfect physique, Lex was on top of his game. Yet backstage, he was wrestling with addictions to sex, drugs, and alcohol—things he clung to even when his mistress died suddenly of a drug overdose and Lex went to jail. There, Lex faced the truth: he was losing the fight for his life. And still awaiting him was his most brutal opponent yet, when the wrestling champ found himself helplessly paralyzed from the neck down. In Wrestling with the Devil, Lex Luger reveals never-before-told stories from his career, his struggle with personal demons, and how, through unexpected faith, grace, and redemption, he overcame all odds to fight the only battle that really matters.



Product Details

  • File Size: 5405 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale Momentum; Reprint edition (August 13, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AEB3CUK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,576 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Memoir September 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Lawrence Pfohl, aka Lex Luger, has experienced many 'exciting' things in his life. From growing up with a loving family, an obviously gifted in the world of sports child and teen, to college football, even professional football, and then to the heights of professional wrestling, Luger's life was a study in excess. Some might say he had it all and eventually threw it away, succumbing to the 'lifestyle' and eventually becoming addicted to adoration, as well as drugs and alcohol. He had affairs, spent time in prison, is apparently still distanced from his ex-wife and children (although he clearly loves them) and hit rock bottom before admitting that he needed help, spiritually and personally. In 2006 he chose to follow Jesus and his life has never been the same.

Shortly after making that decision he was paralyzed (in a crazy turn of events), and was diagnosed as a C-5-C6 quadriplegic with very little hope of recovery. Miraculously, within a year of that diagnoses he was actually able to walk unassisted and even live and drive on his own - just a few of the things doctors said would never happen! Currently one of his volunteer spots is at the Shepherd Center, the facility he was sent to for his spinal cord injury. He also works with a non-profit organization called World Wrestling Outreach as well as volunteers to help people with different addictions.

As I was not extremely familiar with the world of professional wrestling, this was a very interesting book for me. Don't we all love stories of redemption? He really owns his shortcomings, and there is no sense that he is trying to look good or paint things in a better light. For that I truly admire his transparency.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Look into the Life of Luger August 13, 2013
Format:Hardcover
I thought this book was a great depiction of the life of a true professional in sports entertainment. He brings to light some wonderful anecdotal references to his life growing up in Buffalo, a fact that I had not realized, to his dabbling in larceny along with destruction of property on several occasions. I thought that his summation of Joe Paterno was an accurate one, in that Joe was always looking out for the greatest interest of the families involved with the young men that he recruited.
Lex gives us an in depth look at his experiences as both a college and professional football players, as well as his trials and tribulations with the law. Luger also talks about his addiction to elicit drugs and womanizing. The womanizing is not went into great detail, assumingly because this is a Christian based publisher. He tells of his relationship with the former wife of Macho Man Randy Savage, Miss Elizabeth and her tragic death, which I considered sad yet compelling.
I loved reading about his training routines in extreme weather conditions. He does not mention what comes of his relationship with his ex-wife and 2 children, I would have liked to see a follow up on that, especially since his conversion to Christianity.
I guess I'd come to expect it, and thought it would be par for the course, but I wish he had talked more about how deaths related to so many wrestlers due to steroids impacted him. He mentions Bret Hart and he being close friends, yet he did not recount any of the events surrounding the death of Owen Hart. Overall this was a great book, and I actually listened to the audio version of his book on Audible.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A quick and easily written book August 16, 2013
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This book attempts to document Luger's life from birth until now in around 220 pages. It is a very quick and easy read, took all of 6 hours for me. I am a wrestling fan, but was never one of Luger's, always kind came off as stale and outdated. The book spends a lot of time talking about pre-wrestling, a small amount on wrestling, and a decent sized portion religious crap. Unlike other books about "the road to redemption" this one really does not preach until the epilogue, which makes it tolerable. I wish there was more about wrestling and many people in his life beyond himself. It does come off rather self centered in many points of the book as it just lacks any real substantive information on others. Maybe because it is 220 pages and he had to cut down, I don't know, but it makes the book come off as hollow in a number of places.

If you want a quick and easy read about Luger's life, go for it, you won't be disappointed per se, just kind of feeling like there just a lack of detail. If you want it for the wrestling only, you will probably get mad. It is rather short, not specific about much, and focusing more on his personal problems.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lex Luger August 16, 2013
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Very good insight into Lex' s life. I am very happy that he found the peace he was always looking for . This book is not just for wrestling fans . It is for anyone who has had tough times in there life .
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Narcissist August 15, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The title of this books should have been the Narcissist. It is nothing more than a self-serving attempt for Lex Luger to rationalize all his self-serving, manipulative, self-indulgent behaviors. In the end it tries to convince the reader that some sort of redemption was reached, but it's all nonsense. Lex mentions the people in his life as if they were card-board cutouts. He never worries about how he hurt his wife and kids with his infidelities and drug addiction, he never worries about what Elizabeth must have gone through. Everything is still seen from his selfish point of view. People buy biographies to gain some insight about a person. You don't need to spend your hard-earned cash to know that Lex Luger can't see beyond his own self-interest.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars a quick read but leaves you wanting more info
This book was pretty interesting but it seemed to gloss over many incidents of violence, drugs, arrests, incarcerations, etc. Read more
Published 12 days ago by smichal
4.0 out of 5 stars good read, Great story!
I really enjoyed the read And came to appreciate the history and truth in Lex's life. Very motivating to hear about his climb to fame, fall and comeback unfolded. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Anthony G
1.0 out of 5 stars eh...
Not a story about the wrestling business if thats what you're looking for. I feel like he could have opened up a bit more. This story is very superficial.
Published 1 month ago by David R. Montano
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a good read!
Very informative book about a great professional wrestler. The book tells a lot the man Lex Lugar. Very good book!
Published 2 months ago by Jay Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars To God be the glory
This book is a good read. I used to watch lex lugar as a kid and loved watching him wrestle. It's so awesome to see what God has done in his life. Read more
Published 2 months ago by joe Cardenas
5.0 out of 5 stars Super!
Lex is always a gr8 wrestler and I grew up idolizing his wrestling. He is definitely one of the all time charismatic champions who lost his way mid way through his career. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Varun
4.0 out of 5 stars Wrestling with the Devil -- Lex Luger
My husband and son read this book and they really liked it. The book gives quite an insight into the world of wrestling.
Published 2 months ago by Marlene Horbinski
4.0 out of 5 stars Lex Luger
An interesting story behind and in front of the wrestling public. It is interesting if Lex can continue to get his life back together and hopefully readers can see that the drugs... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ian Westman
3.0 out of 5 stars Tale of two books
For the first 180 pages I was pissed off because I really wanted to hear about his career in wrestling. He barely talks about anything. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Avid Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Lex Luger Book
I didn't want to buy this at a bookstore it was too costly however it was a great deal here and my 16 year old was thrilled with it!
Published 2 months ago by Trinity Lutheran School
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