I am a wrestling fan. I’ve even stepped into the ring a few times as a pro wrestling official. Fortunately, I’m a better producer than referee. So, I was intrigued about a new book by a former
In his book “The Three Count: My Life in Stripes as a
His career started taking photos at WWF matches in
We discussed the differences in the eras of wrestling, from the golden period of Hulk Hogan and Roddy Piper to the attitude era. He talks about the harder edge wrestling took, saying he was okay with most of the adult-style characters such as a pimp (The Godfather) and porn star (Val Venis). Even Korderas cringed, though at the Katie Vick storyline.
The Vick storyline involved bad guy Triple H mocking his opponent Kane back in 2002. Kane’s girlfriend Kaite Vick (not a character seen on TV) passed away some years back. Triple H, in order to get a psychological edge, participated in a skit, where he dressed up like Kane, attending Vick’s funeral. The fake Kane then proceeded to “love” his dead girlfriend.
Korderas also explains why he omitted an incident with a WWF executive that slowed his WWF career down by nearly six years. He also relays the experience of what it is like to have WWF head honcho Vince McMahon yell at him for making a mistake.
For me, the book is good, but just in the middle of the pack as far as wrestling books go. It had a unique perspective of a wrestling referee, some funny anecdotes and stories behind the scenes. But Korderas is a little too cautious to name names, reveal what exactly happened with said WWF executive (Terry Garvin) or say anything negative about anyone (albeit, I genuinely believe Korderas to be a positive guy).
Hardcore Holly had a reputation of being a mean bully in the ring. But, as he wrote in his new book “The Hardcore Truth,” that was merely a TV persona.
Holly had a passion for wrestling but never set out to make it his career. He was born and raised on the West Coast and moved to
Just when he stopped worrying about making the big time (the WWF), that is when the call came. He told me it was similar to a minor league baseball player getting called up the big leagues. The good news is that he made it to the bigs in late 1993. The bad news was he was going to be given the gimmick of a race car driver turned wrestler named Thurman “Sparky” Plugg (even though Holly really did professionally race cars on the side).
Holly explained to me is that he didn’t care if his gimmick was lame. It was the big time the WWF and a great start. Anyone would take that opportunity to get their foot in the door. Eventually, the name was changed to Bob “Sparkplug” Holly and later Hardcore Holly.
I enjoyed “Hardcore Truth” exactly for what the book title promised, the truth. I asked Holly (real name Bob Howard) why he was so open and honest with his readers, especially on the steroid issue. Holly responded that he didn’t want to insult his readers intelligence. He was not ashamed of his steroid use, and points out that alcohol abuse is a much bigger problem in society and the way it is portrayed in the media, yet wrestlers and steroids face a brunt of the media criticism.
The bottom line is that steroids did work for Holly. He acknowledged in his book and in our interview that when he started taking them in 1998, WWF executives noticed his increased muscle mass and improved body and he got a push as a result. He had some of his most lucrative money years when he started on the gas.
Holly also talked about how the wrestling lifestyle is not conducive to relationships, especially his failures in marriage. He isn’t ashamed of his relationships and marvels at wrestlers who balance life and wrestling.