Walking a Golden Mile

Walking a Golden Mile Chapter One A Wrestler a Comic or a Clown I m not as old as you might think It s just that I ve been wrestling a long time There s very few on the current World Wrestling Entertainment talent roster

  • Title: Walking a Golden Mile
  • Author: William Regal Neil Chandler
  • ISBN: 9780743476348
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Paperback
  • Chapter One A Wrestler, a Comic or a Clown I m not as old as you might think It s just that I ve been wrestling a long time There s very few on the current World Wrestling Entertainment talent roster with experience on the job than I have The fact is I was born Darren Matthews on May 10, 1968 in a little village in the middle of England Codsall Wood in StaffChapter One A Wrestler, a Comic or a Clown I m not as old as you might think It s just that I ve been wrestling a long time There s very few on the current World Wrestling Entertainment talent roster with experience on the job than I have The fact is I was born Darren Matthews on May 10, 1968 in a little village in the middle of England Codsall Wood in Staffordshire Not a lot goes on in Codsall Wood My dad Don Matthews is a builder and he built the house I was born in, just fifty yards from my grandfather s house, where my dad himself was born Wrestling is one of my earliest memories Whenever I could, I d watch it on TV I also loved that old show The Comedians, all those old gag a minute northern stand up comics, and I loved Slade too, the glam rock band Wrestling, comedy and showbusiness they were always going to play a big part in my life I was seven when my mum Paula left us Mum and Dad had a massive row and my dad took me out in the car to see some of the houses he was building He said to me What would you think if you got home and your mum wasn t there I don t remember being too bothered I d always looked up to my dad and he was the one I wanted to be around But it must have affected me, because I took my frustrations out on other kids They d tease me in the playground, shouting, Where s your mum For the only time in my life, I turned into a bully There s nothing I hate worse now than a bully That or a liberty taker I ve no time for bullies and I met plenty of them when I became a wrestler I try to live my life without having regrets, but the fact that I bullied other kids all those years ago is something that troubled me for a long time I used to be a right naughty lad But then when I was about fifteen I woke up one day and the thought struck me This is not the way to be I couldn t carry on the way I had been That was it Simple as that I ve prided myself on my politeness from that day I hated every single minute of school It s a terrible thing to admit when I know so many kids watch me on TV every week, but it s true I detested it My first school was a Catholic school, St Joseph s Convent, even though I m not a Catholic Mum leaving when I was so young didn t help matters, but I would never have been able to handle being preached at by those nuns in any case I never liked being told that I d go to hell if I didn t do what some nun told me to Just about the only highlight I remember from school was being taken on a trip to Chester Zoo when I was eight My best friend was a lad called Andrew who had this curly thick white hair He began pulling faces at a gorilla who retaliated by throwing a big pile of shite at him, hitting him square in the face All you could see of Andrew were his eyes, peering through this steaming mask The nuns were running around, shouting and screaming It was like a Tom and Jerry cartoon If that was the only thing I can remember from school, you can imagine how mind numbing I found the place Then when I was nine I went to the middle school and was soon faced with another confusing situation My mum had run off with this bloke and my dad ended up marrying his wife It got pretty complicated I ve a half brother who s my mum and step dad s kid, and a step sister My dad had custody of me and I d go to stay with my mum in the school holidays, but I didn t like going She lived in Bristol, a hundred miles away When I was there I never saw much of my brother, who was always out with his friends I didn t really know him, though we do keep in touch today He s nice enough But most of the time I didn t want to be there because I wanted to stay at home with my dad, granddad and the close family who lived nearby my uncles, aunties and cousins especially my cousin Graham He s older than me, but we spent so much time together growing up that he s like a brother to me than anything else But my dad was always the one I looked up to To this day he s the nicest man I ve ever met and I m not just saying that because he is my dad He is the kindest person I ve never heard him swear or even say a bad word about anybody He s a real hard worker, too You never saw my dad without a pair of overalls on He would come home covered in cement and has always worked hard for his living He doesn t need to work these days but he still does He still gets up early every morning and never stops all day If he didn t work he wouldn t know what to do with himself Lately he has had problems both with his leg and with his arm but nothing stops him I ve seen him shovelling stuff with one hand If he gave it up now he d have no financial worries but that is who he is a grafter But what it meant for me when I was growing up was that dad was often out at work That meant I spent a lot of time with his father, my granddad Granddad s name was William Matthews, known as Bill, and he was probably the biggest influence in my life In his younger days he was a bit of a rogue, well known for fighting and drinking He d do a bit of wrestling, a bit of boxing, a bit of running anything to make a few quid He d tell me stories about how he used to wrestle at a place called the Pear Tree pub Back in the 1920s and 1930s they had a ring up in the beer garden where he used to do his stuff He packed it in back in 1933, aged just thirty two, because he came down with pleurisy and pneumonia He also worked in Blackpool for a while He was a navvy and there had been a lot of work going there when he was younger, on the sea walls and the like He used to tell me all these stories about him fighting when he was younger He was a big, powerful fellow, over six feet tall, and he was a great character He used to joke around and would teach me all these dirty stories and poems He d tell me all these things and whenever I repeated any of them to my mum, I d get a thick ear for it I ve still got a picture of him in a suit and the older I get, the I look like him He died in 1990, when he was eighty nine He loved it when I started wrestling and travelling around the world Even when I d moved to Blackpool, I d come back to see him than I would most people Whenever I was passing through the Midlands on the wrestling trips that would take me all over the country, I d stop over with him He drank all his life and smoked a pipe He d had every disease you care to name but in the end, the only reason he died was because he had got fed up with living My gran had died a few years before and he used to tell me there was nothing on TV he wanted to watch any , nothing he wanted to do The last time I saw him, he told me I m going to die, son Don t be so soft, I said I told him I was due to go to South Africa two weeks later to wrestle Don t stay, he said Get yourself gone He died soon after I did what he d told me and went to South Africa That was the way it was between him and me When I got to Codsall High School I had the same trouble as before It bored the life out of me Things that I liked, I did okay at, such as woodwork But something I didn t like French for example was another matter I got thrown out of French for being a disruptive little git If there is anything I want to learn about I ll do it on my own I read constantly these days, and have always tried to educate myself But when they tried to teach me a load of old cobblers it drove me up the wall I was one of the lads sitting at the back of the class, being sarcastic and messing around all the time Because I never thought I d need any of it I d always known what I was going to do I was going to be a wrestler I remember one of my last days at Codsall High, when I was sent to see the careers officer What are you going to do he asked me Are you going to get a trade No, I said I m going to be a wrestler He threw me out of the office and told me to come back when I wanted to talk some sense I expect he s still there today Now mine is not a rags to riches tale I didn t become a wrestler because I wanted to be rich and famous We weren t badly off My dad owned his own business and we lived in a lovely village, in a beautiful home, because my dad had built it I was fortunate We d go on good holidays Jersey, Guernsey, Spain, Tunisia We never went without But when I became a wrestler, I made myself poor Some of my friends and family were almost as surprised as the careers officer had been Everyone expected me to take over the family business from my dad, but I knew I could never work a regular job Even when I helped my dad out at weekends, I knew I couldn t hack that life I m not decrying anyone who can good luck to them My dad s a grafter, and my mum too she s a nurse But it wasn t for me One reason was the way I saw people treat my dad He d do jobs for them and then they wouldn t want to pay him It used to drive me wild I was going to be a wrestler and that s all there was to it A wrestler or a clown or a comedian I ve ended up becoming a mixture of all three My dad used to take his young, wrestling mad son to Wolverhampton Civic Hall every two weeks to see Dale Martin s shows It was great I watched all the stars of the day, people who affected me and whose inspiration I still use in my own act now There was Giant Haystacks, Big Daddy, Kendo Nagasaki, The Royal Brothers, Mick McManus and Cyanide Sid Cooper I was always a huge fan of his and use a lot of his material today On my eighth birthday I was taken to see Mick McManus at Wolverhampton Civic Hall and it must be the greatest birthday present anyone has ever given me Around 1975 I saw Dynamite Kid there when he was just sixteen and he was awesome He was only a little kid and he wasn t flying around like he did later in his career, but you could already tell how good he was going to be He was full of energy, moved like a sparkplug One night he wrestled another guy I liked a lot, Tally Ho Kaye, in a street fight Tally Ho did a foxhunting gimmick and the idea was for the two of them to fight in their street clothes Tally Ho had a really posh outfit on, all polished boots and brass buttons, and Dynamite turned up in a sports jacket, tie, jeans and a pair of Doc Martens Tally Ho used Dynamite s tie to strangle him it was brilliant stuff I was intrigued by all this drama and theatre I didn t care about all those people who said it was bent I was hooked I used to run round collecting autographs from all the wrestlers That s why I always give autographs now, as long as I have the time I can remember when I was the excited kid with the pen and the notebook I can t always oblige If I m rushing for a plane it can be difficult, but I ll always apologize if I can t I always used to sign for everyone who asked but these days it is less likely to be a handful and likely to be hundreds or thousands Sometimes, if I see 250 kids and I know I ll only be able to do two or three, I d rather not do any at all and let them think I m a bit of a dick I would feel badly for all the people I couldn t do My being such a starstruck wrestling fan wasn t so unusual back then All of Britain was hooked on it They say that in the 1960s, a couple of matches between Mick McManus and Jackie Pallo, which were put on before the FA Cup final, the biggest sporting event of the British year, drew viewers than the football eleven or twelve million That s than one fifth of the population Even the Queen and Prince Philip were fans Everyone went to the wrestling at their local town hall or swimming baths it was a British tradition And I loved it than anybody When I turned fifteen I started taking the bus into Wolverhampton on my own to go to the wrestling By this time I had new heroes Dave Fit Finlay and Mark Rollerball Rocco But what I liked most were the villains It was the way they could control people It was only natural that I d end up playing a villain myself In life as well as wrestling, I ve always admired the rogues Soon my wrestling education expanded as I travelled further afield to watch my heroes I d go to Rhyl town hall in North Wales, where the promoter Oric Williams used to put on shows Here were all these other guys, ones you never used to see on TV The independent scene, I suppose you d call it now shows put on by Oric and Brian Dixon Oric used to have all these monsters One guy was called the Wild Man of Borneo He was a Sikh who used to come out with all his long hair down and hair all over his body You d see people like Crusher Mason and Adrian Street, very different from the guys you saw on TV Giants like Klondyke Bill and Klondyke Jake And after I d seen a few of these shows I was even enthralled I loved all the over the top stuff The crazy gimmicks and the face pulling It wasn t long before I realized there was a great deal to this wrestling caper than what you saw on Saturday afternoons on World of Sport Some were just entertainers Others were very skilled wrestlers But the ones who were both, who had the whole package, were the ones to emulate I began to watch the wrestlers who made me believe that what they were doing in the ring was real As far as that goes, England has the best wrestlers in the world or did in those days, at any rate I was determined to learn that really serious style I wanted to be a wrestler whose matches were completely believable Looking back, I was lucky to be trying to break in when I did In the late 1970s and early 1980s there were so many amazing guys in Britain to watch and learn from There was Rocco, Finlay and Marty Jones someone who became a big influence in my career later on There was Satoru Sayama who wrestled as Sammy Lee and later became the original Tiger Mask in Japan, and sometimes the Dynamite Kid These people revolutionized the wrestling business in England They had a style that no one else could do They wrestled really well They did flying moves but it was all part of a believable, hard hitting style my favourite I recently watched a video of Marty Jones wrestling Rocco in 1977 and it still stands up today It was the first time they ever wrestled each other on TV and you wouldn t know it wasn t a modern match in fact, it was better than a lot of what you see today Incredible wrestling But wrestling isn t the easiest thing in the world to get into You can t just look in the Situations Vacant column and answer the ad that says Wrestlers wanted There weren t any textbooks telling you how to get into the business You had to work it out for yourself My uncle Eddie provided my way in He used to drink in a pub in Wolverhampton with a guy who did a lot of wrestling He did local shows, carnivals, that kind of thing So I met this fellow and started putting up the ring with him the traditional first job for anyone starting out in the business On Tuesday afternoons I would go to Wolverhampton Civic Hall and hang around I d watch while they put up the ring and after a while I began to meet a few people involved in the shows I hung around with them and whenever there was an opportunity, I d get in the ring and I d try out different things I d done a little bit of judo when I was younger, just enough to know how to fall properly I didn t know anything else, so I started to figure things out for myself There weren t any wrestling clubs in Wolverhampton, so I went to a boxing club to get fit As a schoolboy I was a fat kid when I was ten I weighed ten and a half stone 147 pounds But I started getting into shape at the boxing club, and all because I wanted to make it as a wrestler I was determined to find a way in somehow Watching these guys in Wolverhampton, I d figured out all these falls So I started practising them at home in my dad s back garden I made a frame of two by two wood, put two eight by four sheets of plywood on top and a blanket on top of that to make my own improvised ring and I used to throw myself around on that all the time, trying to teach myself how to fall I d backdrop myself off walls onto the grass and fly all over the place All of this was with just one goal in mind My dad would encourage me, but I m sure he thought it was just a passing phase, not something to which I d stay committed Soon I started to get quite tall Most people today don t realize I m 6 feet 4 inches As a villain, I crouch down to look smaller than I am I want the fans to think they can beat me themselves because they ll hate me all the when I get away with some in ring villainy It s one of the tricks I ve picked up along the way So I was tall enough to be a wrestler, but there was a problem I had no athletic ability whatsoever I d never done any sports, watched any or cared about them, for that matter At school I d get out of them any way I could So pretty early on I recognized I couldn t be a high flying wrestler, even if it was my favourite style to watch I just didn t have the ability for it When I tried to fly I looked like a very sad sack indeed I d never be a performer like Rocco in the past or Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit today That s why I decided I had to concentrate on mat wrestling and entertaining Making my matches look believable and fluid became my obsession Before we go any further I think I should explain a few things I have a tremendous respect for the wrestling business It has given me every material possession that I own, allowed me to feed my family and taken me around the world But I owe it to you to tell the truth and that means telling you things about my chosen occupation that I wouldn t have told you ten years ago When I started in the wrestling business it was part of our job to defend the legitimacy of our sport Nowadays it s very different In the 1990s, World Wrestling Federation acknowledged that wrestling was entertainment Nothing that most people didn t already know or at least suspect Today, people watch wrestling and enjoy it for what it is They don t feel as though they are having their intelligence insulted But I personally do not like to overexpose the business on that later Throughout this book I will write honestly about my life and the business I am in I will be explaining certain aspects of what goes on behind the scenes So I will start by telling you this yes, a professional wrestling match is fixed But it is not fake It s fixed because the participants know what the outcome of the match is going to be when they start It is not fake because the action you see is genuine it really does hurt We are skilful but we are not magicians No matter what you do, when a man weighing 300 pounds lands on you from a great height, it is going to hurt People say we know how to fall, meaning we can fall in a controlled way Yes we can but in a wrestling match, with so many things going on at the same time and so many switches of momentum, too many things are outside your control You can t help but fall in an uncontrolled way That s why there will be so many injuries discussed in this book Not only was I dead set on becoming a wrestler, I was dead set on being a wrestler in Blackpool It wasn t that far away from Staffordshire and when I was a little kid we used to go there for days out Even then I used to say I would live there one day, because it was like wonderland to me Blackpool is the biggest holiday resort in Europe and, I believe, the second most visited destination after the Vatican There s nothing cultural about the place It promises cheap and cheerful entertainment for the masses It boasts a giant amusement park, known as the Pleasure Beach one of the biggest in the world It s got three big piers, an enormous sandy beach and non stop entertainment There s a huge stretch called the Golden Mile actually seven miles long which is lit up in the winter by the famous Blackpool Illuminations There s so much to do there everything a kid would want Circuses, amusement parks, arcades full of games and machines It was a magical place for me when I first set eyes on it and it still is A lot of people say it s past its heyday now but I don t see that When I go back there, I still see it as a fairytale place Unsurprisingly, one of my first memories of Blackpool revolves around wrestling We went to the Pleasure Beach one day when I was nine or ten We walked round the corner of the beautiful old White Tower building there to be confronted by this row of wrestlers They looked like monsters to a little lad like me There was a Red Indian, a Viking, a few masked men and some women They were throwing out challenges to the crowd, daring them to step in the ring Years later I d get to know the truth behind some of these people Radnor the Viking, for example, was a fellow called Dave from Ellesmere Port in Cheshire I wrestled him later on But as a youngster, this was the most impressive sight I d ever experienced Scary too When they were challenging the crowd to a fight, I was convinced they were challenging my dad As far as I was concerned, my dad was the biggest, strongest fellow in the world but Radnor the Viking was enormous and had a big axe The moment we went in to watch their show, I was hooked I looked at those men in that ring, with the crowd in the palms of their hands and thought I m going to work here one day I m going to be a wrestler at Blackpool Pleasure Beach And a few years later, I was I remembered that first view of Radnor the Viking when I was fifteen and went back to the Pleasure Beach to see the wrestlers again Again, the same experience I walked round the corner, saw the wrestlers and knew than ever this was what I wanted to do So I started out like many people do in the wrestling business from then on, while I was still at school, I went to the Pleasure Beach every weekend and hung around The promoter, Bobby Baron, was a lovely man who really looked after me After a few weeks of hanging around, I plucked up the courage to tell Bobby what was on my mind I went up to him and blurted it out I want to be a wrestler Bobby took out the pipe that was permanently clenched in his teeth and said Eee, which was how he started all of his sentences Eee, I bet you do, kid No, I really do, I insisted And that led to my first ever match My opponent was a man called Shaun who later became Colonel Brody At the time though, he wrestled as a gay character called Magnificent Maurice He was 6 feet 6 inches, with an impressive handlebar moustache and a big, bald head Already, in the short time I d been hanging around the wrestlers, I d seen him knock several people out And there was me, a little fifteen year old Still, I got in the ring with him I know what this wrestling s all about, I thought All that training in the back garden would stand me in good stead now I started by throwing some weak, fake punches at him He just glared at me Then, BAM He whacked me on the back of my head and I went down He picked me up and proceeded to throw me all over the ring Soon after though the match felt plenty long enough to me at the time he got me in a single leg Boston crab and I tapped out Either he d thought I was just another wannabe from the crowd or Bobby had told him to slap me around a bit to get rid of me But throughout the beating, there was skill there too He could have hurt me badly, but he didn t He humiliated me instead I wasn t going to give up after just one match I went back the next weekend and I kept going back Within a few weeks, they took pity on me and took me in They had a lot of guys who never became real wrestlers but just worked as plants in the crowd, and they thought I could be one of them When I got the chance to, I d jump in the ring and roll about, teaching myself some moves The way it worked was this The wrestlers lined up outside just as they had when I d seen them as a nine year old while Steve Foster from Wigan, the man on the microphone, would get everyone going Punters were challenged to get in the ring with the wrestlers The matches were of three three minute rounds Challengers would get 10 for every round they lasted, and 100 if they lasted all three or knocked the wrestler out Steve would get on the mic and use the same spiel he always used What we re looking for are fighting men Anybody who can have a fight We want boxers, wrestlers, judo men, karate men, poofs, queers, perverts, Len Faircloughs, anybody who can fight Now Blackpool s a tough place There d be gangs of lads who would have been roaming around, drinking all day, and they d be up for it First a smaller guy, one of our plants, would step up to accept the challenge That would get the crowd going Then Steve would ask Is there anybody else and a bigger guy would step in Now the crowd would be on the hook They d ooh and aah, thinking the big guy was bound to have a great chance Then everyone would file in and pay their money to see the matches Sometimes the wrestlers would have to go out and do this routine two or three times to fill the place up before the show started It was a great place to learn about crowd psychology When the big fellow got in to have a go, you could tell everyone was thinking Now here s someone who can win The wrestlers who took the challenges usually wore masks There were a couple of reasons for that Firstly, it made you look like a monster when you were standing outside and Steve was getting people in Secondly, if trouble really kicked off in the shows which it did or if you had to give someone a really good hiding, you could bugger off when the police came because no one knew what you looked like The crowds used to be so programmed by TV that they d shout at the challengers to tear the wrestler s masks off No good advice, like Punch his head in or Kick him in the balls Just, Tear his mask off That always used to make me laugh At the end of that summer season, I had to go back to Codsall to finish my last year in school Now I had had a taste of this intoxicating new world, school managed the impossible and became even drearier than it had been before I still went to Wolverhampton when I could to hang around and talk to some of the wrestlers But I was fixated on getting to the Pleasure Beach And I wasn t going to stay in school one second longer than I had to When I finally took my exams, I just did them and left Never even looked at the results My dad has probably got the certificates somewhere but I ve never looked at them It was May 18, 1984 I was a few days past my sixteenth birthday and about to become a professional wrestler Copyright 2005 by World Wrestlin Entertainment, Inc.

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    1. Walking a Golden Mile is the story of the rise, fall, and redemption of professional wrestler William Regal.Secret hint for wrestling fans: Every week, the price on a few WWE wrestling books drops to $3.99 for a few days. As I've said in earlier reviews, I used to watch wrestling religiously. I don't have time for it these days but I still follow it and occasionally read the books.Anyway, William Regal, Lord Steven Regal in his WCW days, is one of those performers that always stood out for me, m [...]


    2. William Regal is an enticing figure you watch on your television screen. His persona never fades and he knows how to tell a story in just the way he carries himself. What went on, though, to bring him to the point the is at today? Let’s face it, everyone who follows wrestling knows he did drugs at some point, but what was going through his mind as he did?The novel starts off a little dry. It was not hard to follow but did a fair share of bouncing. It was obvious he did not want to actually tal [...]


    3. Very unevenly written, salvaged by the disturbing account of Regal's battle with drug addiction. Also worth a read for anyone interested in Regal's career or Just a British perspective on the world of wrestling.The early parts of the book offer glimmers of insight into the British wrestling scene of the 1980s. It was kind of a big deal back then, known for technical mat holds and hard hitting bouts. But their unique contribution to the grappling art has all but faded into obscurity nowadays with [...]


    4. A good read even if it's a bit datedI love pro wrestling, and enjoy reading wrestling biographies any chance I can. One of my favorite heels ever was William Regal, who had an undeniable ring presence. I also feel he is one of the most criminally underrated wrestlers ever. I found his biography highly enjoyable. So the potential reader is aware, this book was published 2005-2005 so some important things have since happened that make it odd to read in parts (for example Regal speaks highly of Chr [...]


    5. A humble and thoroughly enjoyable autiobiography. Regal's narrative voice is straightforward and unpretentious, and he's not out to dish out the dirt on anyone but himself. Refreshingly honest about his struggles with substance abuse and the unglamarous life of a pro wrestler, the autobiography is at its best when he retells experiences and looks at what they taught him -- I wish there'd been a lot more anecdotes, but that's just me being greedy.


    6. Quite an interesting look into Regal's life. I had heard before about his problems with addiction, but had no idea the extent. I hadn't realised the book was over 10 years old, so it misses out on some of the more interesting aspects of his career when he became a trainer.I'd probably give this book 4 stars, but the Kindle version I read is atrocious. Not only full of typos, but several instances of paragraphs being repeated two pages later mid-way through a I had heard before about his problems [...]


    7. William Regal is one of my favourite wrestlers of all time. A great wrestler, ring psychologist and performer, he's seen it all from the sea-side wrestling side shows of Blackpool to the heights of WrestleMania itself. He fought Giant Haystacks and Big Daddy on Saturday afternoon TV in Britain and graced the airwaves of WCW and WWE in the US.Follow the life of Regal, from his humble beginnings in the Midlands as Darren Matthews, to the touring circuit of WCW and through his greatest challenge ou [...]


    8. I really enjoyed this book. I actually know the author and he is very honest in this book. He has wrestled all over the world and has tons of wrestling knowledge. His book and journey are similar to the path that I took to make it in professional wrestling. I recommend reading it, especially if you're an old school wrestling fan or just enjoy professional wrestling in general. Bobby Blaze Smedleyauthor of Pin Me Pay Me Have Boots Will Travel


    9. A matter-of-fact account of English wrestler Darren Matthews' long career. The material on British wrestling prompted me to check out Simon Garfield's "The Wrestling," and Matthews' discussion of his addiction to various drugs was quite thorough and sincere. The book only goes up to 2005, and thus doesn't mention Matthews' more recent suspension from the WWE for using steroids (although the author does note that he used them throughout his career for training and recovery purposes).


    10. Fantastic insight into british wrestling and the journey to the very top in wwe.Darren aka Regal describes his issues with drugs and alcohol very honestly and frank. His family stuck with him and he tells his journey from the start to 2005 ish. Hope there will be another book to capture his years from then onwards. A great read for any wrestling fan.


    11. One of the most underrated wrestling books written by one of the most underrated wrestlers. Regal's story is fascinating starting with how he wrestled starting at an entertainment pier in Great Britain and working his way up to the WWE. He also recounts his many battles with addiction and it is inspiring to read how he straightened out his life.


    12. I've always found Regal a likeable bloke and funny too however he doesn't come across that way in this poorly executed biography. There is a lack of detail and depth, the anecdotes are flat and in several places Regal comes across very homophobic (someone should tell him that referring to someone as a shirt lifter is just not acceptable). Shame really.


    13. Amazing. I was already a fan of William Regal's but after reading how candid he was about his drug and alcohol addiction, it made me admire him even more for being honest. A wonderful read. I can only hope he does a sequel since this was published in 2005 and he's done so much more since then.


    14. This book is second only to Bret Hart's in my list of favorite pro-wrestling memoirs (what a crazy sentence). If you are at all interested in pro-wrestling, honesty, character building, character arcs, renutrient, and/or going insane, then read this book!


    15. I know he was addicted to painkillers . . . too much of this is covered. I get it . . . drugs are bad! Otherwise, one of the most underrated wrestlers around.


    16. I really enjoyed this book. Steven William Regal has always been one of my favorites. This was a good biography with a mix of personal and professional tales.




    17. Wow. Regal did a LOT of drugs. Parts of this biography read like a pharmacology textbook. It's amazing he's still alive, really.


    18. I was suprised how good this book actually was. He went in depth about many of his problems and didn't try and lay blame on anyone but himself.



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