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I'm Sorry, I Love You

A History of Professional Wrestling
Narrated by: Jim Smallman
Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (107 ratings)
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Summary

For fans of books from Chris Jericho, Steve Austin, Daniel Bryan, Mick Foley and Jim Ross. 

'We have all felt every emotion today. Remember today, the next time a family member or workmate tells you that wrestling is stupid. We've laughed, we've cried, we've screamed our lungs out. Professional wrestling is the greatest thing in the entire world.' - Jim Smallman, 2016  

Comedian and PROGRESS Wrestling founder Jim Smallman takes us on a wild ride through the history of pro-wrestling, from its beginnings at the turn of the 20th century to the pop-culture, pay-per-view juggernaut that it is today.

Join Jim as he looks at the most defining and iconic moments in wrestling's history and attempts to nail down just why this ludicrous, over the top, compelling quasi-sport means so much to so many people.

©2018 Jim Smallman (P)2018 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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A Book of Two Halves

This book started so promisingly. Jim had clearly done his research on the beginnings of pro-wrestling and was able to deliver a both informative and entertaining lesson on wrestling before my lifetime. By the half way point I was thoroughly enjoying myself and recommending the book to both wrestling fans and non-wrestling fans alike.

Unfortunately it all changed there, with the second half of the book becoming far more of a history of WWF/E programming during their key eras and focused too much on the minutiae of wrestling's major boom during the Attitude Era. As a lifelong WWE fan, I wasn't able to learn anything at this point. I found myself eager for the end of the book to come around and wondering who this part of the book was really targeted towards - most WWE fans will already know this stuff and most indie-wrestling fans won't care.

I especially enjoyed Jim touching upon Japanese, Mexican and British wrestling during the 70's and 80's and was hugely disappointed that this was not carried on through the 90's and 2000's. It felt a bit like Jim got bored of researching and decided to just write the rest of the book from memory.

Being a podcaster and public performer, Jim's narration is very good. His passion and respect for wrestling and love of those goosebump-moments wrestling fans know well really shines through. Jim did use the book to say a few things to obviously irritating wrestling / twitter fans which felt a bit unnecessary and out of place, but probably raised a smile from his multitude of friends in the business, of which we learn there are many.

I could forgive Jim's name-dropping and his repeating of certain stories or facts. I can even overlook his bias during his "Jim's Top 10" lists - they are subjective afterall. Combining this with the lack of real original content during the second half of the book made the whole thing fall a bit flat for me, which was a real shame after such an interesting first half of the book.

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From the heart

Written and narrated by comedian and PROGRESS Wrestling co-owner Jim Smallman, this is not a complete history of professional wrestling, but more his history of wrestling, how he fell in and out of love with the sport (entertainment). Reading his own book you can really tell how much wrestling and this book means to Jim, he expresses his emotions in such details, many wrestling fans would never open up about over the last few years. If you're a fan of wrestling, or wondered what it's all about (and It's much more than something fake), then this book will take you on a personal journey through ones fans perspective across 30 years.

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i love Jim Smallman

I love Jim Smallman and hearing him read this book is great. I love his accent and the way this gets into all different types of wrestling. GET THIS BOOK

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Loved this book. Well told, funny and emotional.

Superb book. A must for any wrestling fan. Very concise and informative. Amazing opinions shared on various superstars and matches that have introduced me to new experiences.

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Would give it 6 stars if i could - probably my favourite wrestling book of all time

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Wonderful overview

Really enjoyable overview of pro wrestling for a relative newcomer, filling in a lot of the gaps. Will make me an asset at the pre-wrestlemania pub quiz. Is a history of men's pro wrestling though, would have loved a little more on the history-making women who were mentioned a little too briefly

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This book explained to me why I love wrestling

I didn’t know why I loved professional wrestling until I read this book. I have been a fan for a few years and sometimes I feel isolated from the WWE for the sexist storylines, even at the moment with Mandy Rose/Usos. But I love it for the performance. Jim Smallman brilliantly explains why I love to hate and love to love wrestling. To myself, I have to say ‘I’m sorry’ that I love wrestling and to wrestling, ‘I love you.’

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Brilliantly witty!

Jim is like every fans older brother recounting a much loved history. Sprinkled with pocketfuls of wit and humour and at times a fond memory of a sad event. He remains respectful and relevant through the pages. This definitely is the first of many chronicles! Well done Jim boy!

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  • 30-11-18

Liked it, I think most wrestling fans will too.

This is a great, broad history of the wrestling business over the last 100 years, with an emphasis on the American scene from the 1980s onwards (something to do with a guy called McMahon apparently). There's also briefer but well researched histories of the industry in Mexico, Japan and Britain. It was released in the autumn of 2018, so is bang up to date and feels very fresh. The author is refreshingly free of the lazy fashionable attitudes that plague internet fandom, and there's lots of subjective "Top 10" lists which nerds can enjoy taking issue with.

The author reads his own work ably, and with evident enthusiasm.

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Basic for the Hardcore Fan, good for new fans

As a longtime fan, I found the info in this audiobook very basic. I didn't learn anything I didn't already know, which was a bit disappointing.

I would highly recommend this for casual fans. If you are a longtime wrestling fan, I would go elsewhere.

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  • 02-11-18

Worth a listen

Good book and really well read by the author. Origins of pro wrestling was really interesting.

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