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Publisher's Summary

The wrestling legend Bob "Hardcore" Holly tells all in this autobiography that chronicles his journey from fighting in bars for money to the bright lights of the World Wrestling Federation. Holly reveals how he took more body slams and clotheslines outside the ring than in and that long before he was known as "Hardcore Holly", he had an unquenchable passion for professional wrestling.

Ultimately, Holly would hold the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hardcore Championship seven times, the WWE Tag Team Championship three times, and the National Wrestling Alliance World Tag Team Championship once. But in the midst of his career achievements was a roller coaster of success and frustration, and Holly reveals the plethora of missed opportunities and broken promises that marked his road to television stardom. Replete with fast motorcycles, faster cars, wrestling bears, betrayal, and lost love, Holly shares his uncompromised view of his past and the current state of professional wrestling.

©2013 Bob Howard and Ross Williams (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Don't sleep on this wrestling autobiography

I enjoyed how raw and insightful this book was. Bob Holly has a hell of a story and it was great to hear it in his words.

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What a ride!!

Holy crap, the stories he tells, the swerves and twists and sudden opinions of guys and girls seemingly out of nowhere, fantastic book, must listen!

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An Absolutely Amazing Book. HIGHLY RECOMMEND

I am surprised just how great this book is. I learned so much about Bob as a wrestler and a man. I always liked him, and felt he was under utilized. I always wanted to meet the man, I really liked him growing up. I'd love to shake his hand and tell him "Thanks for the memories." He grabs you and takes you for a ride with this book. I can't recommend this book enough!

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  • Richie
  • 2016-04-15

Better than expected, expectations were high.

The narrator spoke clearly and was not monotone, by any means. The story was great. As others have noted, after reading this, I also felt bad as Hardcore was shafted by the WWE many times but he stayed loyal to Vince & Co. Hardcore was very entertaining in his storytelling and recalled events in his past with great detail. I had a feeling this was going to be good, but it was better than I anticipated! Great book, Hardcore!

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  • Michael Cavacini
  • 2020-05-07

One Of The Best Pro Wrestling Audiobooks Available

I grew up watching professional wrestling in the early 1990s, and I still watch it today. Throughout the 1990s and the 2000s, Bob Holly was a fixture in the WWE. His character changed from race-car-driver "Sparky Plugg," to Hardcore Holly — a no-nonsense wrestler during the "Attitude Era," when wrestling was more popular than ever. The Hardcore Truth is Bob Holly's autobiography, and the audiobook version is an Audible Original. The narrator does an excellent job of delivering the content in a direct and impactful way. What I found most interesting about The Hardcore Truth is that Bob spills the beans on anyone and everyone. He dishes dirt on everyone from Triple H to Diamond Dallas Page, with no reservations. I went into this audiobook respecting Bob Holly's work, and I left it feeling like I knew the man behind the wrestler. He's been called a bully and tough to work with, and I can see why people might think that. Nevertheless, if you're a fan of the WWE from the 1990s and 2000s, there's a lot to enjoy in The Hardcore Truth. It's a tell-all book from someone who was there for Owen Hart's death, the Chris Benoit double-murder-suicide, and other fascinating, and sometimes grim, milestones in wrestling. It's one of the best pro wrestling audiobooks available, and I highly recommend checking it out.

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  • VC
  • 2016-12-26

Honest

What made the experience of listening to The Hardcore Truth the most enjoyable?

Bob Holly's brutal honesty. I am an investigator and can confidentially say that I know bullshit when I hear it and the stories in this book do not come across as bullshit.

What did you like best about this story?

Bob's personal feelings about other wrestlers.

What about Brian Holsopple’s performance did you like?

Great performance, but I would have preferred hearing Bob himself

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The stories about Owen Hart, Chris Beniot, and Eddie Guererro

Any additional comments?

Greatest opening sentence in literary history.

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  • Chris
  • 2016-08-13

Huge respect for the Man Hardcore Holly

This was a great wrestling book full of great stories. I have a huge deal of respect after hearing this book. My only regret is wishing I could of saw him wrestle at a live event. It's a shame they never pushed him to his potential because I know he would of got over. His heart and passion for the business would of gotten him over alone. I've been watching his matches on the WWE network lately. I hope to see him again in the WWE doing something with them because he deserves it.

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  • Will
  • 2022-06-01

I do like you now

enjoyed the book and the very honest opinions and views on his career and the wrestling business.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-05-26

Shocking

I had no idea that Bob Holly had such great stories to tell! 5 stars for this book and much needed respect for a man that should have won the world championship

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  • Shane King
  • 2022-04-27

This was awesome!!

This was such an amazing book, it was a great perspective to hear from someone who for nearly his entire career was a mid-carder. The perspective of that was cool to hear and the weighting was great as well as the reader. Definitely changes the way you look at him and made me want to o back and watch all of the events he describes in the book. Just a genuine down to earth loyal hard worker who never really got the shots he deserved but never held any grudges. I definitely recommend this book if you even have a passing knowledge of wrestling.

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  • Cary Jr
  • 2022-03-30

I like hardcore Holly

if you're a fan of the wrestling business and you had a chance to look over Sean Oliver's Kayfabe series this book might be for you especially if you like the jobbers in WWE

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-03-21

Well...maybe Bob Holly isn't a dick after all.

I was hesitant to make this purchase on Audible. I've always kept up closely with the business side of professional wrestling over the years- even moreso than the entertainment side. So, through that aspect, I had always read about what a jerk Bob Holly is and how stiff he worked. I remember the Matt Cappotelli story like it was yesterday. That ultimately sealed the deal for me. From then on, I viewed Bob Holly as a dick. But listening to this book gave me an entirely new perspective. Bob isn't a jerk. In fact, he was the consummate professional of his craft. I had never considered he was simply protecting the business and testing guys that in all likelihood didn't really "want it." As I was listening to this book, I thought back about all the damn good matches that I saw with this man. And holy crap, can you name another worker that persevered quite like Hardcore Holly? This guy put over EVERYBODY and kept waiting for his rightful place at the table. Sadly, it never came. In the end, Bob Holly didn't give up. Rather, he let go. God, this was such a great listen. Thanks for the great story, Bob.

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  • Mike Y
  • 2022-02-17

My new favorite wrestling autobiography.

This is my new favorite wrestling autobiography. I was always a fan of Bob Holly and never understood why he never got a decent push. Now I know why.