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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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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!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • 12-26-16

Honest

What made the experience of listening to The Hardcore Truth the most enjoyable?

Bob Holly's brutal honesty. I am an investigator and can confidentially say that I know bullshit when I hear it and the stories in this book do not come across as bullshit.

What did you like best about this story?

Bob's personal feelings about other wrestlers.

What about Brian Holsopple’s performance did you like?

Great performance, but I would have preferred hearing Bob himself

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The stories about Owen Hart, Chris Beniot, and Eddie Guererro

Any additional comments?

Greatest opening sentence in literary history.

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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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A must "listen" if you love wrestling

From start to finish this book was captivating. Bob's no holds barred approach makes for a GREAT and easy listen.

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A masterpiece... Really.

Surprisingly Iwrote a long awesome review for this book but audible insisted on closing the review panel out two times. All I can say is buy this book. It is a great story, awesome narration, and an excellent story about making the best of your life. Awesome!


In a few weeks I am going to dbq con in Dubuque where Bob lives and I can't believe a it to get this signed by him! Yes!!! What a great book

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Awesome!!!

I gotta say, from all the audible books I've listened to. Hands down, this is my favorite. Bob Holly won me over. He just turned baby face with me forever.

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Hardcore!

Loved it from start to finish. Holly was a midcard wrestler with main event potential.

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Hardcore legend

Great book! Very honest! Shady business, yet very adventurous and very tough to be in. Holly has definitely went through a lot and earned each and every penny he earned. Great read.

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Great story!

Great story from a long-standing WWE source. Unique perspective, being a mid-card guy for so long.

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the best

Best book I've read hands down! Wrestling fans will love it and non wrestling fans should check it out. They'll find it interesting. Very honest and a great story all together. even though its a memoir the ending was awesome.

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  • Reubenn
  • 04-19-16

Pleasantly Surprised

I wasn't sure I'd like this as I never had a strong opinion of Hardcore Holly either way. But I really enjoyed this book.

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  • Ben Dumbreck
  • 09-27-17

Robert Howard, The Man

What to say.... fantastic,addictive,honest,open. To name a few things that come to mind when thinking of this book.

There's no messing with his private life. It's all career based. Which makes for brilliant listening. Anyone who grew up watching wrestling in the '90s and '00 will rem

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  • Lee
  • 03-29-17

Excellent read

Very insightful honest and real from a guy who wrestled through the glory of the 90s. An inside feel to how the wrestling industry really is and not we we perceive it to be, also nice to beable to confirm myths I heard years ago.

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  • Joseph
  • 02-17-17

An amazing autobiography

Very interesting to hear what Bobs honest opinion on the WWe/WWF was like and to see what he and other wrestlers are like when they aren't on camera or in front of an audience

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  • Daniel Hammonds
  • 11-04-16

One of the most honest wrestling biographies

Brutally honest, Bob Holly just tells it as he sees it without treading on eggshells. He respects the reader/listeners' intelligence & covers so many aspects of wrestling history as seen from his perspective - including the kliq, Montreal screw job, the Owen & Benoit tragedies, steroid use & gives his side of Internet rumours of him being a bully. A great read for any WWE smark even if you were never a big Bob Holly fan.

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  • 10-11-16

No Bull

Straight up honesty from Bob Holly. Really interesting and doesn't get bogged down in unnecessary details, just sticks to what the reader is going g to be interested in.

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  • Neil T. Aitchison
  • 08-24-16

Best wrestling biography

I've read a few wrestler's stories but this is the best so far. An enthralling insight into the 15 year career of a WWE superstar who was never allowed to achieve his true potential.