This week I was inspired to start reading sport books: biographies, anthologies, coaching, scandals, etc. Went to a branch of the Toronto Public Library, one of my favourite places to be in Toronto, and started my reading escapade, which I will post about over the next couple of months.
The book that begins my reading escapade is Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling by Bret “Hit Man” Hart. Amazing, no?!
Growing up, the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), (which I always get mixed up with the World Wildlife Fund, hence the post-2002 name change of the WWF to the World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (WWE)…although to me they will always be the WWF!), was super fun and entertaining. As an audience member, you knew that it was staged and theatrical, but you had your favourites and rooted for them. I did go to a few live WWF shows, which were loud, outrageous, and a bit long.
Some of you who are familiar with Hulk Hogan, Randy “Macho Man” Savage and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, will know that their fame came out of the WWF. And if you have read anything about this world, you’ll also be familiar with the drugs, sex, booze, mental illness, and injury that has intertwined itself with its legacy.