Book, website, school important to Missy
By JON WALDMAN --
It might have taken a little extra time, but fans of
former wrestling valet Missy Hyatt can finally read
Missy Hyatt from her early days in wrestling. -- courtesy "Missy Hyatt: First Lady of Professional Wrestling"
The book, entitled "Missy Hyatt: First Lady of
Professional Wrestling", was originally supposed to be
published by TV Books but ended up being published by
Canadian company ECW Books. "TV Books went out of
business a week before we went to go to press. They
filed chapter 11," Hyatt told SLAM! Wrestling.
There was a fear that the book would not be published,
but, as Hyatt explained, there were a couple factors
working in favour of the book being eventually
getting to press. "It [the book] was already completed. It was
in printer's form, it was a week away from getting
printed. Any company's going to want to buy a book
that's already ready."
Hyatt also noted that the publicity surrounding the
book sealed the deal. "There was already so much about
it on the Internet, and there were so many pre-orders
for it, that ECW books was in a bidding war with a
couple other companies," she said.
In the book, Hyatt discusses her relationship with
several wrestlers, including Jake "The Snake" Roberts,
Tommy Rich, and Eddie Gilbert. While some may view the
content as controversial, Hyatt is confident in her
writing, and does not fear any backlash from wrestlers
named in the book. "I told the truth," Hyatt said. "The
truth will set you free."
Hyatt said that she could have said a lot more about
some of the people in the book, but chose not to out
of respect for them. "I spared a lot of people. I
could have been a whole lot crueler," she explained. "A lot
of people I held back on was because I respected them.
I wouldn't do that to them."
Hyatt admitted that the stories are not complete. She
wrote the book based on her own memory, and what she
felt her audience would want to read about. "There's a
lot of people that said, 'I know there's... a lot more
story than that, she left out a lot of stuff,'" she
said. "Most of the people I talk about in there is
only because I remember them."
Among Hyatt's other current project is her
adult-oriented website, Wrestling Vixxxens, a project
she's been wanting to do for three years. The site
came together with the help of Hyatt's business
partner and lawyer, Sal, and her nephew, who
developed the site. "We pulled something together that
was a million dollar business. We pulled it together
for thirty-six cents," she said, laughing.
Hyatt said the site has been a success for her, in
part due to her company being able to do what the
World Wrestling Federation cannot do with their
'Divas'. "I'm doing something Vince can't do," she
said. "He can do 'Divas in Hedonism' all he wants -- they
ain't getting naked, and sex is what sells on the
Missy Hyatt was Apocalypse Wrestling Federation champion in Toronto a few years ago. -- AWF photo
Hyatt has recruited all the talent for the site, which
includes Tammy Lynn Sytch (Sunny in the WWF) and
several independent female wrestlers.
She said that it has been difficult finding wrestlers
to pose for the site, mainly because she is doing the
recruiting through friends. She mentioned that she
would like to use some of the talent that were
formerly employed with World Championship Wrestling.
"I have to find the girls," Hyatt said. "All those WCW
girls are out of business, I just don't know how to
get in touch with them."
Hyatt also notes that she approached Joanie Laurer
(formerly Chyna in the WWF) a deal to pose for the
site, but Laurer did not want to do it.
Hyatt has also gone back to school, and following her
graduation from college in three weeks, she plans to
attend law school next year. She said that she is
really enjoying school, and does not want to leave.
"I'll be one of those people with 12 degrees, my
excuse for never getting a real job," she joked.
Because of her time constraints, Hyatt has not been
involved directly in wrestling much over the last few
years. Her last stint with a major federation was with
Extreme Championship Wrestling in 2000, just prior to
the federation being removed from TNN. She recently
worked as colour commentator alongside fellow ECW
alumnus Joel Gertner for the Big Japan pay-per-view, a
role which she has wanted to take for quite some time.
Hyatt, however, said that she cannot foresee a
full-time return to wrestling. "I'm graduating college
in three weeks, I start law school next year, and with
my company, I can't do it."
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