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Bodyslams!: Memoirs of a Wrestling Pitchman Paperback – October 1, 2005
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Unlike other wrestler biographies on the market today, Cappetta does not cater to his own ego with hyperbole-laden narcissistic ancedotes. Nor does he attempt to use his book as an agenda-driven vehicle from which to spew venomous accusastions against former colleagues. Rather, Cappetta potrays himself as simply a piece of a much larger picture of pro wrestling history. With his eagle-eyed observations of many stars of yesteryear and today, Cappetta comes across as an everyman with a love for professional wrestling rather than a grandious character of mythic proportions. While characterizations of certain figures are not always flattering, Cappetta's refrain from vitriolic diatribes adds more credibility to his opinions and recollections of events. He does not feel the need to exaggerate claims to boost his image. And as such, displays a greater appreciation for his craft. Much like Foley's Have A Nice Day, it is easy to empathize with Cappetta. He is, after all, a fan living out his dream despite obstacles and circumstances. While newer fans and younger readers may feel aliented with stories from days gone by, Bodyslams is manna from Heaven for older fans and purists who always wanted an inside track to the professional wrestling before the days of the internet.
Funny, insightful, and heartwarming, Bodyslams develops instant rapport with the reader and is a literary breath of fresh air in an industry built largely on illusion.
I enjoyed a lot of the stories throughout the book and actually would've liked to hear more. I would even enjoyed a chapter on his favorite matches he's witnessed and his take on why they were his favorites.
his commentary on the downfall of wcw just further confirmed other stories I've heard from others the book was good when he told stories from the road while there were other times the book seemed to drag when he was grinding axes or patting himself on the back a little too much.
interesting read that could've been so much more.
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