When thinking of wrestling books spiritual redemption, brutally honest portrayals of loss and New York Times bestsellers don't usually come to mind. These books will show that there is more to wrestling than spandex and baby oil.
Bret 'The Hitman' Hart- My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling
Published in 2009, Bret Hart's self-penned autobiography was widely hailed as one of the most honest wrestling books written by arguably the best wrestler ever. Bret Hart gives a beyond the mat look at life as a pro wrestler chronicling his life on the road from his early days training with his father, the legendary Stu Hart up to and beyond the infamous 'Montreal screwjob'. The book is split into 4 separate chapters: 'Stampede Days', 'The Foundation' , 'Steal My Crown' and 'Pink into Black.'
Mick 'Mankind' Foley- Have a Nice Day
This New York Times bestseller concentrates on Mick Foley's career from a crazy teenager with a habit of jumping from roofs all the way up to being a WWE superstar. It received positive reviews from many mainstream publications and popularised the wrestler autobiography genre. Most reviews highlighted Foley's self deprecating humour as the thing that really set this apart from other wrestling books.
Chris Jericho- A Lion's Tale
A Lion's Tale shows a side of wrestling seldom seen by most wrestling fans and certainly not shown in most wrestling books. It concentrates on the wrestling world outside of the WWE documenting Jericho's rise to becoming the first undisputed heavyweight champion in WWE history, contrasting the wrestling worlds of Canada, Japan, Mexico, Europe and America.
Shawn Michaels- Heartbreak and Triumph
Heartbreak and Triumph is as much about the redemption of born again Christian Shawn Michaels as his exploits as 'The Heartbreak Kid' in WWE. The truth of Michaels claims on his past throughout the book, but especially in regards to the 'Montreal Screwjob', has been questioned by fans. It is still interesting to compare both Hart's and Michael's takes on events.
Edge â Adam Copeland on Edge
Probably the best autobiography written by a wrestler who won his training in a essay writing contest. Like many wrestling books Edge's autobiography owes much to Mick Foley's 'Have a Nice Day,' a fact that Copeland references himself. It documents Copeland's time growing up in Orangeville with best friend William 'Christian' Reso, their time wrestling in the 'minor leagues' and his rise to prominence within the WWE.