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Monday, December 19, 2011

Wrestling Reality: The Life and Mind of Chris Kanyon Wrestling's Gay Superstar Book Review

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Wrestling Reality: The Life and Mind of Chris Kanyon Wrestling's Gay Superstar Book Review

About the Book: A rare glimpse not only into the life of a professional wrestler, but the life of a gay man in a straight world, this tragic memoir is told in Chris Kanyon’s own words, with the help of journalist Ryan Clark. One of the most popular wrestlers of the late 1990s, Kanyon kept his personal life private from his fans until finally revealing his biggest secret in 2004: he was gay. Going through the various roles that Kanyon played, both in the ring and out of it, as well as his battle with manic depression, this book explores the factors that led to his suicide in 2010. In his voice and the way he wanted it told, these are Kanyon’s last words about his experience rising through the ranks to the top of the professional wrestling world while keeping his sexuality hidden.

Our Take: I remember watching WCW in the late 1990s.  I was a wrestling fan as a kid and I got back into it in 1997 for the whole NWO thing.  Kanyon was a b-class wrestler.  He never got the big event battles, but he was a solid player and a great wrestler with a good ring persona.   I didn't learn til later, as most fans did, that he was gay.  That was quite a shock to the wrestling fans I imagine, since they're so pumped on the testostrone-laced environment of wrestling.  I thought it was brave and fantastic that he had the courage to come out.  He later committed suicide in 2010, since he was bipolar.  This book is in-depth, honest and touching.  It is not only the best biography that I have read on a wrestler, it is one of the best biographies I had read ever...period.

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