Living the Gimmick

Living the Gimmick From the time he was able to body slam a pillow Michael dreamed of becoming a professional wrestler vanquishing imaginary enemies and nagging self doubt with every drop kick he landed As his buddies

  • Title: Living the Gimmick
  • Author: Ben Peller
  • ISBN: 9780759550049
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the time he was able to body slam a pillow, Michael dreamed of becoming a professional wrestler, vanquishing imaginary enemies and nagging self doubt with every drop kick he landed As his buddies hit the books, Michael got hit When they left for college, he enrolled in Shane Stratford s Wrestling Academy, where cash and a particularly punishing audition affoFrom the time he was able to body slam a pillow, Michael dreamed of becoming a professional wrestler, vanquishing imaginary enemies and nagging self doubt with every drop kick he landed As his buddies hit the books, Michael got hit When they left for college, he enrolled in Shane Stratford s Wrestling Academy, where cash and a particularly punishing audition afforded him a first look into a world part circus, part sport, and all spectacle From penny ante matches to national notoriety, Michael rises through the ranks of professional wrestling Hopped up on speed, pumped up on steroids, and fueled by a frustration he can t quite name, he adopts and discards identities in a bid to find the gimmick that will make him complete His search will bring him in contact with people weird and wonderful athletes and actors, crazy fans and crooked managers, the full rich range of folks who revel in the ring.Combining elements of sports narrative a la North Dallas 40, the behind the scenes authenticity of Pumping Iron, and a flair for the bizarre that recalls John Irving, Living the Gimmick is a novel not soon forgotten.

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