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Grappler: Memoirs of a Masked Madman Paperback – July 12, 2014
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Lynn Denton's book GRAPPLER is an honest depiction of a life of a pro wrestler in the territory era.... It is honest, informative and a great read. Highly recommended.
-Jim Ross, WWE Hall of Famer
It's been a long time since I've been so pleasantly surprised by a book... a very well-written and lively read.
-Dwight Jaynes, Comcast SportsNet , 5-time Oregon Sports Writer of the Year (National Sportswriters Association)
A fun read about an underrated talent and 35 years of both good and bad luck in life... and the struggles to keep a career alive as the old territorial system was falling apart.
-Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer
His constant promo slogan went, "beat me if you can!" And Grappler: Memoirs of a Masked Madman is tough to beat.
Grappler: Memoirs of a Masked Madman is an entertaining story of Len Denton's amazing journey through the wrestling business. Denton's refreshingly honest portrayal pulls no punches as he takes the reader on a roller-coaster of ups and downs, triumphs and failures, all with candor and humor.
-Mike Mooneyham, National Wrestling Hall of Fame member, The Post and Courier columnist and co-author of New York Times bestseller Sex, Lies and Headlocks: The Real Story of Vince McMahon and the WWF
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My only complaint? I wish the book were longer. I would have liked to read more about Denton's short-lived reunion with Tony Anthony in Continental, where they were able to turn a hated heel (Jerry Stubbs/Mr. Olympia) into a top babyface.
All in all, though, beautifully done.
One final note: Since this book is done via CreateSpace/Amazon ebook, I wasn't expecting the ... well, quality, that I received for my money. Denton wrote a great book, and it's formatted perfectly on the Kindle for iPad app. No weird breaks, no massive grammatical/punctuation errors. When I tell you this book is quality, I mean it. In the book, Denton often refers to himself as a carpenter inside the ring. Apparently that moniker fits outside the ring, too. He's constructed something really great with this book.
My only criticism is: It's too short.
Not really, it's over 200 pages, but I wish it was double or triple that amount. That's how much I enjoyed Lynn's book.
Very well written and edited. It almost feels as if he's sitting in front of you, relaxing in a rocking chair just spinning his yarns.
I only knew the Grappler from the Apter mags of my youth. Only saw him in his short World Class run on ESPN. I knew he had been in all the territories that I didn't get to see on tv. I also knew that he was a booker. The creative guy who masterminds all of the great (and some not so great) storylines, that captivate the thousands of fans every week. So I was really excited when I saw he was releasing this book. I had high expectations, as I love reading about all the crazy characters of this sport (both in and out) of the ring. The out of the ring stories are usually the best! Let me tell you: this book is a home-run. Many of the stories he relates, are ones I have never heard. He touches on every territory that he was in, year by year. Then he pulls back the curtain and lets us in some of the fun and sometimes frightening situations he found himself in.
The best part is that Lynn's is written for true fans of pro-wrestling. He doesn't waste time telling the origins of the sport, or describing individual wrestlers histories. He assumes you know all the basics coming in. All the stuff that has been written and rewritten, and retold in dozens of other wrestling books. He hits the ground running. I've read alot of the pro-wrestling books that have been published ("Too many" my wife says, rolling her eyes), and I will say with all honesty: This is, far and away, one of the best.
Between a great introductory chapter, and succinct epilogue, is a great story. The mean and nasty Grappler actually comes across as a very humble guy. He lays it all out there, and he lets us know about the good and bad decisions he has made (and the ramifications of both). Lots of ups and downs, and I found myself rooting for him all along the way. There isn't much gossip or dirt in this book. No mudslinging. It doesn't need it. It is an inspiring tale. It shows how hard-work, humility and dedication pays off That nice guys can come in first. Go Grappler!