Kayfabe: Stories You're Not Supposed to Hear from a Pro Wrestling Production Company Owner

Narrated by: Sean Oliver
Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (315 ratings)

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"Sean's story, beginning as a renegade, outlaw company and evolving to redefining the shoot video genre, is extremely fascinating. Who knew that the man asking the questions was as fascinating as his subject matter?" - Justin Barrasso, Sports Illustrated

"Kayfabe brings to life a world that once had its own version of ‘omerta’ in a fascinating, well written book that will intrigue long time fans, new fans, and just those who are hoping to take a peek behind the curtain of this unlikely cultural phenomenon." - Eric Bischoff, WCW President

"I worked in a business full of liars, cheaters, workers, con artists and of course...politicians. I can name maybe 3 people over the years that I 100% trusted, or even believed for that matter. Sean Oliver is one of those men. In reading Kayfabe, you can believe that 100% of this masterpiece is accurate - yes, even the parts about me. The most stand-up guy perhaps ever associated with the business of Pro Wrestling. You want truth - you'll find it right here." - Vince Russo, Former WWE/WCW Head Writer

If you thought the world of pro wrestling was wild, imagine what you haven’t seen on TV and in the ring. Add to that the backdrop of building a renegade production company, negotiating with impossible wrestling talent, and hosting groundbreaking, shoot-style programming, and you have the story of Sean Oliver.

Sean has seen industry-wide accolades for the company he co-founded and for which he serves as front man. But there are also the threats, stories of abuse, and moments of downright hilarity that you haven’t known...until now.

Watch the unpredictable and unconventional story through Sean’s eyes.

©2017 Sean Oliver (P)2017 Sean Oliver

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BEHIND THE SCENES GALOUR

the story of an american dream in the making of a wrestling fan trying to give other wrestling fans a sneak peek of what wrestlers do after the game winds down and the boat starts to rock...

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Sean Crushed It

Loved this book!! It is wonderfully performed by Sean Oliver with great impressions which helped his amazing stories of these figures come to life. A truly enjoyable listen start to end.

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So informative!

I have seen many of Sean's Kafabe Commentary shoot interviews and I found it fascinating to hear his journey of successes and failures in the shoot world of wrestling.

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Amazing

Sean is a great story teller, these were stories I didn't think I needed to hear until I heard them. This book is fantastic.

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Great!

really great look into Sean's perspective and some really great stories to enjoy through out the book.

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Fun Listen For Wrestling Fans

Are you a wrestling fan holed up in your house because of the Coronavirus? If so, then you've got plenty of time to catch up on great wrestling books. Kayfabe by Sean Oliver is one of those books. Narrated by the author, Kayfabe is a collection of personal stories from the founder of Kayfabe Commentaries, a professional wrestling shoot interview company. The only complaint I have is that the editing of this audiobook is a little sloppy. For example, there were at least a couple times when the author did a second take of a line and both were included in the final version of this Audible Original. I've encountered this before with other audiobooks; however, it's something that should have been caught and corrected in the editing process.

Overall, I really enjoyed Kayfabe. I blew through it in just a few days as I found the author's frank style of storytelling to be entertaining. At times, it felt like he was bragging about his success and that he has an inflated opinion of himself and his company, which isn't warranted. However, it's his book so who am I to say what should or shouldn't be included in it? If you're not a wrestling fan, you won't enjoy Kayfabe. But if you are, there's a lot here to dig into.

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thank you Mr Oliver

narrorator is one of the best thank you 😊 his impersonations will keep you listening.

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Hooked me and reeled me in!

Sucked me in and I listened to the whole thing in one day. Excellent listen.

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Amazing wrestling book

I was very surprised to like this book as much as I did. Sean Oliver is one of the few professionals in the independent wrestling industry and it shows in the book and narration. I’d highly recommend this book to any wrestling fan.

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Very interesting.

The book is interesting, funny and engaging. It really takes you behind the scenes. Highly recommend it.

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  • nigel screen
  • 09-18-18

below par

Not the best not the worst , some good storys but a lot of the book is the author bigging himself up

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  • Ben fairbrace
  • 04-15-19

Only hardcore fans of KC will enjoy this.

Very disappointing, not for wrestling fans, unless you are a big KC fan avoid. Disappointing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-11-18

Interesting.... Alot of self promotion

Overall some good stories that kept me engaged... Did drag in places but worth a listen..

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  • Billy
  • 07-08-18

A must for an pro wrestling fan or anyone who works in entertainment

A big fan of KC commentaries and of course the author Sean Oliver (who does a great job of reading the book also) honest, insightful, funny and gripping. Fill with advice, Warnings and great stories a must for any pro wrestling fans or workings, or indeed anyone in the entertainment or creative industries.

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  • Slim
  • 06-16-18

Brilliant for any wrestling fan

A insight into the world of wrestling threw Sean Oliver. Very funny and certainly is a no holds barred.

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  • Paul Britton
  • 06-09-18

Never heard of this guy but...

What a great book. Never heard of Sean Oliver or his company but what a great insight to the world of shoot interviews and behind the scenes of wrestling

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  • Adam Bullivant
  • 04-26-18

Quickest I've Ever Finished A Book

I've read many wrestling books over the years, this being one of the absolute best. Even better so in audio format. Get it listened to now!

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  • Trevor
  • 04-03-18

good<br />

enjoyable book for any wrestling fan from any era more new jack stuff needed though

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  • Barry Levy
  • 04-02-18

A must buy. Loved the insight.

If you are a wrestling fan and like Shoot Interviews then buy this immediately. Also, from a business prospective it is worthwhile too.

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  • Alex
  • 03-29-18

A must for all Rasslin fans

Absolutely wonderful. Ive never used audible before but boy oh boy was this great! You must hear this story.

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  • garren hancock
  • 01-02-18

great stuff loved it

great listen cant recommend it enough great stories and learned a lot about the shady side of the wrestling biz

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-20

must read

if you love pro wrestling this is the book for you entertaining from start til finish

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-19

Awesome

A great listen. Sean tells the stories so well. Classic listen for wrestling fans. Good.

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  • Brendan
  • 07-30-19

Great for behind the scenes stuff

Good stories about wrestlers, mostly from the 80's and 90's. Sean sure does love himself and seems to think he can almost do no wrong, I'm sure he'll tell you I'm wrong though. However, Sean is a great entertainer and his belief can come across as arrogant and smutty but it has helped him create a platform like no others. This book is about that and the great name's he's worked with. There's stories involving New Jack, Sandman, Scott Hall, Nash, Cornette, Bruno, Raven, Russo and many more within. Been a big fan of Sean's work and certainly consider myself a Kayfabe Commando. It was great to have this insight and a great read for those who love the industry and love go beyond the PG blanketed main shows.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-15-18

So good! Listened in one sitting

This was such a great listen. 8 hours flew by! Funny, entertaining and honest. not only a great wrestling-related story, but a rivetting tale of a start-up company ever hustling and ultimately dominating their genre.