I m sorry i love you a history of professional wrestling

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i m sorry i love you a history of professional wrestling

Im Sorry, I Love You: A History of Professional Wrestling by Jim Smallman

My review is of the Audiobook version of this title.

This book started so promisingly. Jim had clearly done his research on the beginnings of pro-wrestling and was able to deliver a both informative and entertaining lesson on wrestling before my lifetime. By the half way point I was thoroughly enjoying myself and recommending the book to both wrestling fans and non-wrestling fans alike.

Unfortunately it all changed there, with the second half of the book becoming far more of a history of WWF/E programming during their key eras and focusing too much on the minutiae of wrestlings major boom during the Attitude Era. As a lifelong WWE fan, I wasnt able to learn anything at this point. I found myself eager for the end of the book to come around and wondering who this part of the book was really targeted towards - most long-term WWE fans will already know this stuff and many indie-wrestling fans wont care.

I especially enjoyed Jim touching upon Japanese, Mexican and British wrestling during the 70s and 80s and was hugely disappointed that this was not carried on through the 90s and 2000s. It felt a bit like Jim got bored of researching and decided to just write the rest of the book from memory.

Being a podcaster and public performer, Jims narration is very good. His passion and respect for wrestling and love of those goosebump-moments wrestling fans know well really shines through. Jim did use the book to say a few things to obviously irritating wrestling / twitter fans which felt a bit unnecessary and out of place, but probably raised a smile from his multitude of friends in the business, of which we learn there are many.

I could forgive Jims name-dropping and his repeating of certain stories or facts. I can even overlook his bias during his Jims Top 10 lists - they are subjective afterall. Combining this with the lack of real original content during the second half of the book made the whole thing fall a bit flat for me, which was a real shame after such an interesting first half of the book.
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A witty journey through the history of wrestling referencing his own love-affair with the sport from circuit-regular, Smallman. Jim Smallman loves wrestling. From being a fan from the age of four, watching World of Sport, to being a geeky teenager swapping tapes with other fans around the world, to somehow being one of the promoters of the most successful independent wrestling promotion company in the world. Nobody has ever put together a complete history of professional wrestling. This is it. In an hour.

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