The Cowboy and the Cross: The Bill Watts Story: Rebellion, Wrestling and Redemption

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ECW Press, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 330 pages
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In The Cowboy and the Cross, Bill Watts takes us from his stormy upbringing and his tumultuous years at the University of Oklahoma, to his days in the wrestling business, sparing nothing in his details about football coaching legend Bud Wilkinson, ugly encounters with some of the top names in wrestling in the 1960s, and frightening stories about skirting tragedy and the law in violent altercations. Watts talks about all the top stars of his legendary Mid-South Wrestling promotion. He explores the oil crunch that killed his company and the problems that killed his marriage. His personal tribulations coincided with his reawakened spirituality, and Watts gives readers a lot to think about as he narrates the story of the profound change God made in his life. Wrestling Observer newsletter editor Dave Meltzer calls this book a must-read for anyone in the wrestling business."
 

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Contents

SUBTLE AS A TRAIN WRECK
1
GROWING UP
6
BECOMING A SOONER
19
GOING PRO
38
THE BIG BREAK
67
SHIRE AND GAGNE FRUSTRATING GENIUSES
83
BECOMING AN OWNER
94
THE BATTLE OF ATLANTA
102
THE UWF
200
A DYSFUNCTIONAL BUSINESS AND A CHANGE IN MY LIFE
210
THE MEGATREND
222
OUT OF BUSINESS
232
WCW
238
WWF AND THE NEW GENERATION
269
GETTING IT RIGHT THE FOURTH TIME
281
LOOKING AHEAD
288

THE SUNSHINE STATE
116
GOING HOME TO STAY
127
THE BEGINNINGS OF MIDSOUTH
138
LAND OF THE TOUGH GUYS
152
THE TRADE THAT MADE A BANNER YEAR
166
VINCE MCMAHON AND THE WRESTLING WAR
177
KEEPING IT REAL
187
COUNTING MY BLESSINGS
292
A PERSONAL JOURNAL
296
AFTERWORD
308
CHRIST ON THE CROSS HOW WRONG I WAS
314
THE LANDING OR INSECURITY
326
ABOUT THE PHOTOS
329
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About the author (2006)

\"Cowboy" Bill Watts is a retired professional wrestler. He lives in Bixby, Oklahoma. Scott Williams is a reporter, legal journalist, and wrestling commentator. He is the author of Terry Funk: The Hardcore Legend. He lives in Dickinson, Texas.

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