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The Hardcore Truth

The Bob Holly Story
Written by: Bob Howard, Ross Williams
Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: Sports & Outdoors

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Publisher's Summary

The wrestling legend Bob "Hardcore" Holly tells all in this autobiography that chronicles his journey from fighting in bars for money to the bright lights of the World Wrestling Federation. Holly reveals how he took more body slams and clotheslines outside the ring than in and that long before he was known as "Hardcore Holly", he had an unquenchable passion for professional wrestling.

Ultimately, Holly would hold the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hardcore Championship seven times, the WWE Tag Team Championship three times, and the National Wrestling Alliance World Tag Team Championship once. But in the midst of his career achievements was a roller coaster of success and frustration, and Holly reveals the plethora of missed opportunities and broken promises that marked his road to television stardom. Replete with fast motorcycles, faster cars, wrestling bears, betrayal, and lost love, Holly shares his uncompromised view of his past and the current state of professional wrestling.

©2013 Bob Howard and Ross Williams (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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  • Richie
  • 15-04-16

Better than expected, expectations were high.

The narrator spoke clearly and was not monotone, by any means. The story was great. As others have noted, after reading this, I also felt bad as Hardcore was shafted by the WWE many times but he stayed loyal to Vince & Co. Hardcore was very entertaining in his storytelling and recalled events in his past with great detail. I had a feeling this was going to be good, but it was better than I anticipated! Great book, Hardcore!

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  • Chris
  • 13-08-16

Huge respect for the Man Hardcore Holly

This was a great wrestling book full of great stories. I have a huge deal of respect after hearing this book. My only regret is wishing I could of saw him wrestle at a live event. It's a shame they never pushed him to his potential because I know he would of got over. His heart and passion for the business would of gotten him over alone. I've been watching his matches on the WWE network lately. I hope to see him again in the WWE doing something with them because he deserves it.

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  • ClayK
  • 14-02-20

Good Listen

Enjoyed hearing the background and life of Hardcore Holly. It does come off in some aspects of the book that he is sour and that everything is a conspiracy against him. DO NOT agree on his stance of the Chris Benoit tragedy. Overall though it was a great book.

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  • Joe Panek
  • 15-01-20

Surprisingly Epic

As a huge fan of Attitude Era wrestling, I am all too familiar with Bob Holly and the value he consistently brought to the ring. I waited a while before purchasing this book, but I am glad I did. This book gives me a whole new level of respect for Bob Holly, and most surprisingly of all this is legitimately at the top of my favorite wrestler books.

Bob does a great job explaining his background and career with humility. And unlike other pro wrestling books, he dishes it out for all his peers: good bad and the ugly. I really respect him for doing this because as fans we always want to know the background of the package we see on TV.

If your an attitude era fan this book is a must read.

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  • rqydlidokoak
  • 06-12-19

Wow.

I have always loved and respected Bob Holly , but after listening to this I can't help but be inspired by him. They don't make men like Bob Howard anymore. Thank you for sharing your story. I'm going to listen to this again and again to keep me going.

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  • Elvin Martes
  • 08-07-19

A Must Read For All Wrestling Fans

I grew up watching and respecting Bob Holly for all he contributed to entertain me and other fans for years. I knew I had to give his book a shot and I really believe it was worth listening to. I found his stories to be very revealing and informative about his time in WWE. After hearing his stories, I'd like to one day meet Bob Holly and let him know that he's earned my respect as a person and through his work. Again, this book is a must read and I will listen to other wrestling books in the future - Elvin M.

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  • Mark V.
  • 10-06-19

One of best Pro Wrestler autobiographies ever!

This was a great book. Plenty of insight into the backstage of WWE during the attitude era and early 2000s. Bob Holly did us a favor when he decided not to have this book published by WWE. I’m sure there’s plenty of content that wouldn’t have made it to print if WWE had been involved. Bob gives his unfiltered opinions on numerous wrestlers from the top of the card to the bottom of the card. He writes openly about backstage politics and addresses every major scandal that a wrestling fan wants to hear about. He also offers his side of the story on numerous controversies that he was involved with and the unending rumor mill that is pro wrestling. Bob Holly pulls no punches...pun intended! The best part about his book is that it comes across genuine. He discusses his biggest frustrations during his career without ever coming across bitter. It’s just the facts as he sees them. Great read and might be the most underrated wrestling book ever!

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  • Benjamin
  • 21-11-18

If you are a wrestling fan, you should read this

This was a fast listen. loved the stories from the road and getting the impressions from a wrestler who never got a chance at the top spot. If you're a wrestling fan, definitely worth buying.

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  • Stan
  • 24-10-18

Wonderful journey and great performance

The narrator does a great job bringing to life the written words of Bob Spark Plug Howard. I give this the highest rating. I’ll be listening to it again

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  • Vincent Bradley
  • 14-09-18

The Truth

I love wrestling. I have read every book wrote by a wrestler and this is the best book from a wrestling ever. The truth about the way headliner are made is finally told. Bob says things that other people think but won’t say. In a sport where being a asskisser is the way to be on top it’s nice to know he got over with skill. Thank you Bob!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-20

can not recommend this book highly enough!!!

after reading and listening to a lot of wrestling books this is hands down my favourite, it's easy to tell WWE had nothing to do with publishing this book as Bob pulls no punches and tells it like it is while still giving credit where credit is due, he has no problem in putting over the in ring abilities of other wrestlers, even the ones who have wronged him. this book allows an excellent and detailed peak behind the curtain into the biggest wrestling company to ever exist told by a man who has seemingly seen it all, Bob comes across as extremely genuine and honest, no subject is off limits not even his thoughts on Chris Benoit. can't recommend this book enough, it is a must read for anyone who was a fan of the attitude and ruthless aggression eras.