The Hardcore Truth: The Bob Holly Story

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ECW Press, Apr 1, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 300 pages
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“How do you like me now?” In the ring and behind the scenes with Hardcore Holly 

Long before he became “Hardcore Holly,” Robert Howard was a fighter. From humble beginnings — a boy dominated by his disciplinarian stepfather but fueled by an unquenchable passion for pro wrestling — Bob grew up struggling to make ends meet. 

As an adult with a family of his own to provide for, Bob fought in bars for money before finally following his dream of wrestling. From regional promotions all the way to the bright lights of the WWF, from false starts as Thurman “Sparky” Plugg and “Bombastic” Bob to fame as an internationally known superstar, The Hardcore Truth tells the story of Bob’s life including his 16 years working for Vince McMahon. 

In this rollercoaster tale of success and frustration, replete with missed opportunities, broken promises, and a broken neck — a story of fast bikes and faster cars, lost loves and wrestling bears, bar fights and betrayal — Bob shares his uncompromised views on the present wrestling landscape with fascinating insights into the world leader in sports entertainment. 


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Review: The Hardcore Truth: The Bob Holly Story

User Review  - Willie - Goodreads

Some of the good things in this book: - Bob's style is straightforward. You can easily read the book in one sitting. - The locker room stories where the wrestlers would drop their tv masks and just ... Read full review

Review: The Hardcore Truth: The Bob Holly Story

User Review  - Kyle - Goodreads

I was never really a fan of Bob Holly but after reading this book I certainly have a new found respect for the man. I may not agree with all the statements he made, but respect his ability to tell it ... Read full review


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About the author (2013)

Bob Holly is a retired professional wrestler whose nearly 20-year career spans several networks and championships. He lives in Dubuque, Iowa. Ross Williams, formerly managing director of a noted UK recruitment business, now works as an actor, writer and business consultant. He lives in Berkshire, England.

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