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Publisher's Summary

There are few people who have been in the wrestling business longer than Jim Ross. And those who have made it as long as he has (half a century to be exact) probably made enemies or burned bridges. But that's just not JR.

Slobberknocker is the story of how an Oklahoman farm kid with a vivid imagination and seemingly unattainable dreams became "The Voice of Wrestling" to record TV audiences and millions of fans around the world.

Jim opens up about his life as an only child on a working farm, who became obsessed with professional wrestling having first seen it on his grandparents' TV. Even though the wrestling business was notoriously secretive and wary of "outsiders", he somehow got a foot in the door to start a historic career, one where he held almost every job in the business - from putting up the ring to calling matches, from driving his blind, drunk boss toward revenge to consoling two naked 600-pound brothers in the shower room after a rough match.

With all those adventures and responsibilities, he's also recognized as the man who built and nurtured a once-in-a-generation talent roster that took the WWE to new heights, including "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Brock Lesnar, and The Rock, to name a few. Listeners will finally get the opportunity to hear never-before-told stories about the politics, wackiness, and personalities of all the biggest stars.

But this isn't just a wrestling story. It's a story about overcoming adversity and achieving your dreams, as success did not come without significant costs and unforeseen challenges to JR, including multiple bouts of severe facial paralysis called Bell's palsy. Currently he is the host of the podcast The Ross Report.

Any fan of wrestling- from the territory days to today - will be enthralled with stories from the road and behind the scenes. Slobberknocker is the first time Ross tells his story - and you don't want to miss it!

©2017 Jim Ross with Paul O'Brien (P)2017 Novel Audio Inc.

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A must read for any wrestling fan. Good'ol JR!

A great book. Hearing the legendary voice of JR narrating his life story is awesome. A must read for any wrestling fan.

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Awesome book by the voice of wrestling

This was a great story of the voice of wrestling. Jr him self was the best part of this book.

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The voice of my childhood

A wonderful journey along the life of one of my idols. Jim Ross is the greatest to ever put on a headset, and I am honored to have listened to his story. That it is in his words only makes it that much more special. Thank you Jim for everything you have sacrificed for, and contributed to, the wonderful world of wrestling. A must read/listen to any true fan of the wrestling business. Now onto Under The Black Hat!

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If you love wrestling this is pure, this is honesty, this is awesome

Worth a credit, worth your time. It’s Jim Ross for Gods sake! Enough said people!

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Needed to listen to JRs 1st book

I needed to listen to JRs 1st book before reading his 2nd book Under the Blackhat

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love it , very interesting . I recommend it to any wrestling fans to read

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Good story , great narrating

Jim Ross has lots of fun and interesting stories to tell even if you're not a wrestling fan great narration as well .

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Jim Ross is the man

I hope he writes another book some time soon. Jim Ross is the best ever.

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great book with alot of insight

takes you through his whole career UPS Downs personal and business but he pushed thru

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Amazing!

Amazing! Informative, Entertaining and Insightful. Having the book read by the man himself was great!

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  • josh w
  • 2019-01-15

Simply a blast from the past.

Good ol’ J.R. Has been the voice of my childhood. I have never enjoyed a book as much as I did this one. Even though you will never see this, thank you J.R.
Not only for sharing your story but reminding me to never give up. This is a must for any wrestling fan!

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  • 2020-04-07

A real Slobberknocker!!

A truly great story about one of pro wrestling’s all time greats. I can’t wait for the next one and to hear more!!

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  • DMR
  • 2019-03-23

Better than it should be.

It is awkward listening to JR read his story at first. He is such a natural story teller it feels odd listening to him read as opposed too his free flowing podcast. Excellent stories will carry you through easily and it isn't the worst reading I've heard by far. More inside shop than I thought the company man would go and better than it should be lol.

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  • Maci Hutson
  • 2017-11-16

Somewhat disappointed

Jim is the greatest announcer of all time for sure! I felt the book didn’t really go in depth about the wrestling business. I wanted more stories and behind the scenes stuff. It only covers his career up until WrestleMania 15. To Jim’s credit his career was so long so it would be hard to cover everything. Maybe a second book coming later? Hopefully! I would recommend this book for the wrestling fan who grew up listening and watching Jim. Over all I would give this book a 6 out of 10.

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  • Anthony Abato
  • 2021-09-15

Elevated by the narration

I came into this with decent expectations, figuring it'd be a fairly interesting story about Jr's upbringing and life in the wrestling world. Yes, these were the subjects of the book, but I was consistently engaged - at times amused, at other points saddened by some of the difficult experiences he went through or witnessed others go through. Overall, JR narrating the book himself made it very personable, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in professional wrestling or just looking for a good memoir.

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  • William S. Gross
  • 2021-07-22

great history and background of Jim Ross

Learned a lot about wrestling and Jim Ross's career. I think it is definitely worth the listen if you love old school wrestling.

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  • Diego Ochoa
  • 2021-07-02

some of the best stories of it the business

Jim Ross' life and journey to becoming one of the best if not the best

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  • Antonio B
  • 2021-06-22

great listen, really enjoyed this book

recommend it to any fan, worth every penny imo. this selection is a no brainer.

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  • Paul E. Quinn
  • 2021-06-04

Slobberknocked!

As a lifelong wrestling fan and self admitted mark, I've heard plenty of tales of the behind the scenes happenings of the wrestling business. Slobberknocker delivers stories new, or with a new perspective, through the lens of one of the most beloved wrestling figures of all time. Ross' tone is both humble and honest, and I found the book to be a profoundly quick listen, despite its runtime. A must for fans of the business, especially anyone seeking tales of the old territories from a non-WWE produced perspective.

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  • 2021-05-26

Pro Wrestling

If you are a fan of pro wrestling then you know the sound of good ol jr's voice. This is more than that. This is the story of Jim Ross, the story of the man who just happens to be the greatest announcer the pro wrestling business has ever had.