Smarten Up! says B. Brian Blair
Smarten Up! Say It Right
By B. Brian Blair
Kayfabe Publishing Company
$9.95 U.S. / $14.95 CAN
B. Brian Blair Chat
B. Brian Blair
joined SLAM! Wrestling May 4, 20001 to talk about his new book, Smarten Up! Say It Right
. Read the transcript
The average wrestling fans may remember B. Brian Blair as one half of the
WWF tag team
the "Killer Bees", back in '80s. As author of a new book, Smarten Up! Say It Right
, Blair writes about
some of the behind the scene stuff that many fans may not be aware of.
The book covers topics such as wrestling terminology, Carny language,
wrestling attributes, Blair's Bio, as well as a list of wrestling
schools, websites, newsletters and magazines.
I found the wrestling terminology, or as Blair calls it, the "the jargon
used by announcers and wrestlers", to be quite interesting. Sure you
know some of the words such as "Heel", "Over" and etc. but do you know
what "Abortion" or "Mark" mean in wrestling? Or, where has the word
"Jabroni" come from?
Another interesting part of the book is a look at the Carny, the secret
code that some wrestlers use to speak with each other. On the official
web site for this book, www.smartenupnow.com
there is an 18-minute audio clip in which Blair, and a friend of his, speak Carny and talk about Carny, as
well as some funny samples of other people speaking in Carny. They
actually use some of the samples in the book which gives it an interactive feel. You must listen to this clip to get a real idea of how Carny sounds, it's amusing to say the least.
Smarten Up! Is a fun and easy to read book and should appeal to you
whether you are an average fan or someone who is thinking about getting
into the wrestling business. As an average fan who follows wrestling
mostly through TV shows, I enjoyed reading this book and I learned more
about how it goes behind the scenes.
NOTE: At the moment, you can only buy the book online through www.smartenupnow.com.
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