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The Hardcore Truth

The Bob Holly Story
Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)
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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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Pleasantly Surprised

I wasn't sure I'd like this as I never had a strong opinion of Hardcore Holly either way. But I really enjoyed this book.

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Brilliant listen

I grew up watching him as sparky plug then as hardcore holly. This was a great listen about someone who was always there but never broke through into mega stardom

I loved the ending to the book too.....a happy ending after a career when he never got the breaks he deserved

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Brilliant

Any wwe fan should listen to this. Absolutel no holds barred and very a interesting listen.

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fantastic read

a great story of a real wrestling fan, there was alot I could relate to being a fan of the attitude era. it's a crying shame Bob wasnt given a real decent push

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Robert Howard, The Man

What to say.... fantastic,addictive,honest,open. To name a few things that come to mind when thinking of this book.

There's no messing with his private life. It's all career based. Which makes for brilliant listening. Anyone who grew up watching wrestling in the '90s and '00 will rem

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Excellent read

Very insightful honest and real from a guy who wrestled through the glory of the 90s. An inside feel to how the wrestling industry really is and not we we perceive it to be, also nice to beable to confirm myths I heard years ago.

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An amazing autobiography

Very interesting to hear what Bobs honest opinion on the WWe/WWF was like and to see what he and other wrestlers are like when they aren't on camera or in front of an audience

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  • DH
  • 04-11-16

One of the most honest wrestling biographies

Brutally honest, Bob Holly just tells it as he sees it without treading on eggshells. He respects the reader/listeners' intelligence & covers so many aspects of wrestling history as seen from his perspective - including the kliq, Montreal screw job, the Owen & Benoit tragedies, steroid use & gives his side of Internet rumours of him being a bully. A great read for any WWE smark even if you were never a big Bob Holly fan.

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  • MR
  • 11-10-16

No Bull

Straight up honesty from Bob Holly. Really interesting and doesn't get bogged down in unnecessary details, just sticks to what the reader is going g to be interested in.

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Best wrestling biography

I've read a few wrestler's stories but this is the best so far. An enthralling insight into the 15 year career of a WWE superstar who was never allowed to achieve his true potential.

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  • Richie
  • 15-04-16

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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  • Chris
  • 13-08-16

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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  • Benjamin
  • 21-11-18

If you are a wrestling fan, you should read this

This was a fast listen. loved the stories from the road and getting the impressions from a wrestler who never got a chance at the top spot. If you're a wrestling fan, definitely worth buying.

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  • Stan
  • 24-10-18

Wonderful journey and great performance

The narrator does a great job bringing to life the written words of Bob Spark Plug Howard. I give this the highest rating. I’ll be listening to it again

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  • Vincent Bradley
  • 14-09-18

The Truth

I love wrestling. I have read every book wrote by a wrestler and this is the best book from a wrestling ever. The truth about the way headliner are made is finally told. Bob says things that other people think but won’t say. In a sport where being a asskisser is the way to be on top it’s nice to know he got over with skill. Thank you Bob!

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  • Wesley Thomas
  • 13-09-18

Surprisingly a good book

Bob is very honest and truthful with his recollections which gave me a new found respect for me. Surprisingly good listen

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  • Michael O'Brien
  • 21-07-18

Highly entertaining

I was always a fan ofBob the wrestler. Now I’m a fan of the man. Old school wrestling has always been where it’s at with me. Bob’s old school and tough as nails. Great insight into the man.

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  • Trent Keck
  • 25-06-18

Loved it!

Loved it! Great life story, good performance from the narrator. Would recommend to any wrestling fan!

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  • Jason
  • 11-04-18

Great book

Good stories and Hardcore Holly is very truthful telling it how it really was. Good Job Holly!

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  • Boss4186
  • 23-10-17

A must "listen" if you love wrestling

From start to finish this book was captivating. Bob's no holds barred approach makes for a GREAT and easy listen.