The Road Warriors: Danger, Death, and the Rush of Wrestling (Spirit of the River Series) Laurinaitis, Joe Animal; Wright, Andrew William and Ellering, Precious Paul - Good
Product Description Delivering an inside account of one of wrestling's most famous fighters, this autobiography offers a rare chance to learn about Joe "Animal" Laurinaitis's life both inside and outside the ring. Revealing riveting stories about his participation in the 1980s and 1990s superstar wrestling team the Road Warriors, it recounts memorable fights with his partner Mike "Hawk" Hegstrand. He describes how he and Mike rose to become a revolutionary tag teamreinventing themselves with spiky accessories and wearing face paint before it was popularand chronicles famous rivalries, movement between different wrestling associations, and dealing with Mike's longtime struggle with drugs and alcohol. He also invites fans into his personal life and discusses his family and newfound Christian faith. Featuring stories of incredible physical feats and deep-felt companionship, this testimony will help fans relive the glory days of a wrestling legacy. From Booklist Pro-wrestling fans will instantly recognize Laurinaitis as one half of the Road Warriors, a tag team who were, for roughly 20 years, superstars in the wrestling game. With his friend Mike Hegstrand, Laurinaitis helped turn pro wrestling from a sideshow curiosity into a mainstream sport and a business empire. Laurinaitis takes us through his professional career, and while the book includes its share of descriptions of in-the-ring dramatics, it also has some pretty shrewd commentary on the wrestling business. You don�t often see, for example, a wrestler come right out and say that the fighting is faked, but here Laurinaitis takes us through the training process and shows how he and Hegstrand learned to put on a show for fans without inflicting any real physical punishment (slamming their foot down hard on the canvas, for example, while pretending to punch an opponent). He also touches on such subjects as steroid abuse, psychological trauma, choosing a �character,� and the behind-the-scenes business of pro wrestling. A lively, highly informative look at an ever-more-popular though still controversial sport. --David Pitt Review "A riveting memoir that pulls no punches and is every bit as powerful as the pair that once dominated the wrestling scene." Mike Mooneyham, Post and Courier (March 2011) "In a business where so many copy so many others, the Road Warriors stand tall as originals in both performance and presentation and are undoubtedly the greatest professional tag team wrestling duo of all time." Powerlifting USA "This excellent book will bring him back, hopefully to the WWE Hall of Fame." Alan Wojcik, Gerweck.net: Pro Wrestling and MMA News (March 4, 2011) "If you are a fan of The Road Warriors, then you definitely want to read this book. The writing is easy to follow, and once you pick it up, you won’t put it down. In the end, The Road Warriors: Danger, Death, and the Rush of Wrestling was a rush.’" Rick Rockwell, The Examiner "An extraordinary tour de force, enthusiastically recommended to wrestling fans in general and Road Warrior fans in particular." James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review (March 2011) "A unique insight into professional wrestling. . . . Laurinaitis speaks with a welcome candor." Publishers Weekly (February 2011) About the Author Joe "Animal" Laurinaitis is an internationally recognized professional wrestling superstar. He is the cofounder of sporting clothes company Zubaz and an avid motivational speaker to youth groups across the United States. He lives in Minnesota. Andrew William Wright is a writer and a video producer who has written for several newspapers, including the Asbury Park Press. He produced the video series The Hardy Show and the online show RVD TV. He lives in Ocean, New Jersey. "Precious" Paul Ellering is the former manager of the Road Warriors.