Controversy Creates Cash

Controversy Creates Cash

Book - 2006
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Under Eric Bishoff's watch as president of WCW, the company went head to head with Vince McMahon's WWE and beat them at their own game before WCW itself spectacularly imploded. But by then, Bishoff had made an indelible mark on televised wrestling, producing shows that had appeared more dangerous, more sexy, and more edgy than anything that had come before. He did this to such an extent that in 2002, McMahon seized the chance to bring in his former nemesis as General Manager of RAW; since then, true to form, Bishoff regularly surprises fans with matches that would once have been unthinkable for television. In this revelatory look at his life and career, Bishoff frankly discusses the things he did, both right and wrong, as he helped shape the sports entertainment industry into today's billion dollar business.
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books : World Wrestling Entertainment Books, c2006.
ISBN: 9781416527299
141652729X
Branch Call Number: 796.81209
Characteristics: vi, 389 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.

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JohnRyan_2 Jul 23, 2016

The book is a bit light on detail. It is presented as more bullet points starting from his early years, to his time working at AWA with Verne Gagne, to the rise and fall of WCW, ending with a brief mention of his time with WWE. It doesn't go into much detail with things that I would have liked to have learned a bit more about, such as his issues with Ric Flair (who he has since patched things up with and has done a couple of terrific podcasts with). The whole saga with Flair only occupies a couple paragraphs at the most and didn't go into frankly any detail whatsoever.

To boot most of the information that has been presented in this book at this point can be found in other places, such as the Monday Night War specials and his Legends with JBL interview on the WWE Network, as well as his interviews with the likes of Flair and Jim Ross.

However there is some good info you wont find anywhere else, or at least presented so well. Examples are his early years and his path from toy salesman, to working in sales at AWA, to being a third string announcer with WCW to suddenly running the show. This info was presented in a clear and interesting way and it made the book worth it on his own. In addition some of the finer details of how WCW was treated around the time that Time Wrner merged with AOL that are spoken of here are very interesting and at points maddening.

Overall this book is a quick and enjoyable read. It tells a good story that spans several years and offers some unique insights as to the legendary fall of WCW, but don't read this expecting very fine detail. This book is more of a basic summary with the occasional interesting set of details.

Also here's a fun drinking game for the book: take a drink every time he lambasts "dirtsheet writers". Don't do it if you plan on reading the book in one sitting though. You'll die.

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carolannbagan
Jun 26, 2012

i knew this was going to suck but i had to at least try to read it. it's just his spin on what happened to WCW (of course he wasn't fault for it's downfall).

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