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Heels and Heroes too simplistic
Wrestling's Heels and Heroes
By Robert Picarello
Berkley Boulevard
224 Pages
ISBN: 0425180425
$15.99 CDN, $10.95 USD


-- SLAM! Wrestling
Wrestlings Heels and Heroes
Wrestling's Heels and Heroes looks into some of the biggest stars that WWF and WCW have to offer, both male and female, as well as some of the legendary ones.

But as an average fan reading this book I found it to be average. It does offer some insight into the lives of some of the wrestlers, while other bios stick to the in-ring personas of the wrestlers.

Though I think the book offered some information that I didn't know about, for the most part, it covers some of the more recent storylines that have taken place in the Big Two. I didn't like the part of mixing facts and storylines. I'd rather read a book which offers me one of the two, either giving me the behind the scenes happenings and the real stuff, or just giving me the story lines and the characters that the wrestlers play.

The superstars such as The Rock, Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan, get some of the most detailed parts. Simply put, the more famous and popular a wrestler, the longer the section dedicated to him.

One particular section that I didn't like was Sting's, which is more about Vamipro and his storyline with Sting, than Sting who has been in business for more than a decade.

If I were to buy a book which offers me bios and storylines, I'd rather buy one that covers ECW wrestlers, since they are not as (over) exposed as the other two companies. I knew 90% of what's talked about in this book already before reading it.

The book is fun to read for someone who has picked up on wrestling as a new hobby and is not exposed to the characters and storylines as much as a regular/hardcore fan. Perhaps it could be re-titled "Wrestling For Dummies - Intermediate Level."

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