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Missy Hyatt: First Lady of Wrestling Paperback – October 1, 2001
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First came Missy. Then came Sable, Sunny, Chyna. Missy Hyatt was professional wrestling's first character--the original sexy "socialite" sidekick whose trademark Gucci purse and tough-girl attitude made her the most loved--and the most hated--woman in wrestling. Now, fifteen years after she first shimmied up to the ring, Missy Hyatt takes fans inside the world of wrestling. In this tell-all memoir, Missy discloses the behind-the-scenes secrets of table-throwing, chair-smashing, hair-pulling, and the technique of "juicing"--how wrestlers make themselves bleed on cue. Find out about her relationships with Jake the Snake, Wonder Years' Jason Hervey, Hot Stuff Eddie, and many many more.
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"Missy Hyatt is going to burn in hell--and rightfully so!"
--Paul E. Dangerously (ECW owner, WWF announcer)
"Missy Hyatt is the first lady of wrestling. She knows the business inside out--literally. Now she's telling all. Forget you know me, Missy . . . and enjoy the Witness Protection Program!"
--Electra (ECW, HBO's The Sopranos)
"Missy and I and Brian Pillman were the best tag team ever . . . under a blanket!"
--Tom Z-Man (WCW)
"Missy always had more bullshit in her than a Christmas turkey. But come Christmas, I'd still rather have her on the table than the turkey."
--Terry Funk (WCW)
"Missy was a real bitch to me for the longest time! I think it may have been because she wanted me so bad and knew I was way out of her league. Anyway, as Big Stevie Cool would say, READ THE BOOK! READ THE BOOK!"
--Stevie Richards (ECW, WWF)
"Missy Hyatt is every school boy's dream, and pro wrestling's Jane Mansfield."
"People credit 'Sunny' for revolutionizing the wrestling business for females. But before Sunny, Missy ruled the wrestling world. When I met my husband, Chris Candido, I tore her poster off his bedroom wall! Years later, after I met her, I realized what a wonderful person she was . . . which made it really hard to hate her. She's an inspiration to me and a role model for all of the hundreds of girls who have tried to follow in her footsteps. To tell the truth, her poster should be hanging on their walls!"
--Tammy Sytch (aka Sunny--WWF, ECW)
"I've got one word for Missy Hyatt . . . Diva!"
--Kimona Wanalaya (aka Leia Meow--ECW, WCW)
"I think I'm the only guy in wrestling who didn't sleep with Missy Hyatt."
--Kevin Nash (WWF, WCW)
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Is this the best wrestling book out there? No. But for a quick and easy read it's VERY good. She details who she slept with in the industry and while there are a couple of surprises she doesn't come across as bragging but as a woman living her life and really, really enjoying. Great pick up for a wrestling fan.
Well, in the wake of Mick "Mankind" Foley's smash Autobiographical books "Have A Nice Day!" & "Foley Is Good", Missy has penned her own story, with the help of Writers Charles Salzberg & Mark Goldblatt. I was expecting a sleazy bedroom tell-all, and what I got couldn't have been farther from that. It's actually a rather tame book, and Missy comes across as a sweet girl who led a somewhat wild life. She breaks the book down into brief chapters revolving around her tenures with the various Wrestling organizations (WCCW, WCW, UWF, WWF, ECW, etc.), and tells some wickedly funny stories about some of the people she met and worked with. There are a few sex-partner stories, but they don't get into explict detail. (She does tell VERY funny anecdotes about Ric Flair, Val Venis, and The Freebirds in particular.) She's got a pretty good sense of humor, and reading the book is almost like meeting an old friend you haven't seen in years and hearing an summary of what they've been up to. Unfortunately, Missy doesn't mention her recent foray into soft-core internet sites...
The book is VERY short; I'd estimate it only took a few hours to read. But when I was done, I wished it had been longer. It's a fun read, and the book is loaded with pictures, both color & black-and-white. Wrestling fans will have a ball reading this book.
In her career, Missy has seen and done it all. She was worked with all of the greats such as Flair, McMahon, PS Hayes, and Eddie Gilbert. Missy tells many wrestling stories and many non-wrestling stories. While she does dish dirt, she never brings it to a sleazy level. I love the blurbs about Roberts, Duggan, Von Erich and on and on.
She could feel bitter about being the one to set the table for today's divas, while never totally prospering like they are, but Missy just seems to have a positive outlook. Missy gives some opinions on today's divas without resorting to being catty.
Missy had packed a lot into her life up to the publication of this book. She does a pretty good job in letting the reader relive the moments with her. She has also packed quite a lot into her life after this book and I am hoping for the sequel!
The book is short, to the point, and just plain fun! Missy cuts straight to the chase and simply tells us about her years involved with professional wrestling. We get stories about her intro, years in various organizations, times in the big companies, and times in between the sheets with some famous wrestlers. I must confess the dirt is fun to hear but - OUCH! Hurts to be Val Venis and Bills QB Jim Kelly I think.
The pictures in the book are a nice touch and Missy does manage to convey some fine story-telling about people like her wrestling ex-husband Eddie Gilbert (who I had never heard of but came to care about). I think the only drawback to her story is that there isn't really a growth factor. Missy is all about having fun in professional wrestling. When you read the book you'll be having fun too but it won't stay with you beyond that.
Still, with the recent run of wrestling books Missy Hyatt's biography stands at #2 right behind Mick Foley's outstanding Mankind: Have a Nice Day! Both of these books should be read by all fans of wrestling.