Book – The Stone Cold Truth
Author – ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin
Year – 2003
Genre – Wrestling Autobiography
Pages – 328
Well, there has been a bit of a gap between my last book and this one. I had one of those periods where it has just been tough to get in to a book. I had planned to read the second in The Hunger Games trilogy, but fifty pages in, and I was not particularly enjoying it. Having loved the first one so much, I didn’t want to continue when my opinion of the follow up would be clouded by my lack of enthusiasm for reading, so I thought I would grab something that was pretty easy to read, and a wrestling autobiography seemed to scream out as a great example of that.
‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin took wrestling by storm in the late nineties. He grew from a mid card guy to one of the most recognisable wrestlers in the world, and one of the most popular to boot. He was involved in a major feud with Vince McMahon, the owner of the WWE – a feud which is generally regarded as one that changed the face of wrestling forever.
In this autobiography, Austin covers all of this and much more, and it is fairly interesting. But unfortunately he never really says anything particularly impactful. We know that much like his wrestling persona, Austin likes to drink beer and hunt, and is a bit of a redneck, and he reminds us of this throughout the book, but when it comes to discussing anything particularly interesting – such as his real life argument with Bischoff, or with McMahon when he walked out – he is far too careful with his words. Maybe this is a problem with his book being published in 2003, close to the start of when these reveal all autobiographies started to come out, and with it being a WWE one to boot. It is trying too hard to be nice, unlike several others that came out later.
It is nice to see that it isn’t all that though. As a high profile wrestler who died in the ring for the WWE – specifically during a stunt – Owen Hart gets a lot of heartfelt good press in wrestling autobiographies, with everyone singing his praises. As far as I can tell from these, he was genuinely one of the nicest guys in wrestling, so this is warranted. However, he is responsible for the injury that eventually finished Austin’s career, and it came about through him working sloppily and irresponsibly. Austin doesn’t disguise that, and though he is respectful and regretful about Hart’s death, it is refreshing to see that he doesn’t hold back in how he felt at the time.
All in all, this is worth a read, and is certainly better than many other wrestling autobiographies (Goldust, I am looking at you), although certainly not a classic.
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