This book is a real two-for-one deal: a great story, and a fun game as a bonus.
The great story comes from Barrett having a true globetrotter career: as well as several US territories including the WWWF, he worked in the UK, continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. He covers his various exploits in the ring along with plenty of colour about experiencing different locales.
The book doesn’t outright talk about wrestling being worked, but there’s enough detail for those who read between the lines that you shouldn’t find your intelligence insulted.
The fun game comes from the fact that while Barrett uses many real names, he also changes the names of people at the centre of controversies. It’s a curious approach to defamation laws, but it’s entertaining to try to decipher who he is talking about — though not always that challenging.
“Flamboyant” promoter Tim Bernard = Jim Barnett
Nashville promoter Gulus the Greek = Nick Gulas
Masked man Gregory Nielson = Gordon Nelson
Blind wrestler Morris Shapiro = Mighty Atlas
Jake West = Jay York
The Indian = Wahoo MacDaniel
Ron Peters = Ken Patera
Prankster Joey Hart = Johnny Valentine
Andrew Lane = Adrian Street
There are plenty more to hunt down — add a comment if you spot any you’d like to share!
All in all, it’s a fun recommended read and definitely worth picking up a used copy as it normally goes for a low price.