• The Man Behind the Makeup

  • The Professional Wrestling Life and Times of Jeff Bearden, Who Wrestled as Giant Warrior, Big Tiger Steele, Colossus the Gladiator, and Butch Masters
  • By: Jeff Bearden
  • Narrated by: Jeff Bearden
  • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
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The Man Behind the Makeup

By: Jeff Bearden
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International pro wrestling star Jeff Bearden has gone by many names: Butch Masters, Giant Warrior, Big Tiger Steele, and Colossus the Gladiator. Under these guises, he became part of wrestling history.

Enter the wild, bloody life of pro wrestling during its Golden Age, from the viewpoint of one of its “biggest” stars. At seven feet tall, Jeff Bearden towered over his competition from the time he premiered in territory wrestling in 1987, through the crazed and dangerous wrestling scenes, infamy, and championships in Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Europe, Japan, India, and the Middle East. Bearden’s no-holds-barred career spanned 30 years and four continents. Bearden takes readers through the shocking, the tragic, and the hilarious stories of his adventures.

Trained by classic Texan wrestling stars Dory Funk, Jr. and Dick Murdoch, Bearden went on to encounter legends of wrestling history: Bruiser Brody, the Von Erichs, André the Giant, Owen Hart, Abdullah the Butcher, and the Undertaker. He tells of his powerful friendship with WWE Hall-of-Famer Yokozuna. From the time he was a skinny pro basketball player, to his days as a green babyface, to his reign as a notorious, 375-pound heel, Bearden’s life is one astonishing story after another. Bearden’s unusual career, and his freedom to choose venues anywhere and everywhere, provides unique insight into the wrestling world. He takes listeners around the globe to learn the secrets and truths of a life spent joyfully whipping crowds into a frenzy from inside the ring, as well as his personal life outside. In wrestling and in life, you’re only as good as the guy you beat–even if that guy is yourself.

©2022 Jeff Bearden (P)2022 Jeff Bearden

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