I, too, read Bret's book....got it just after Christmas.
For the most part, it was an excellent read. I agree with most of what Bob had to say about it. Yeah, I guess I can see why he would be concerned about Davey and Dynamite's drug use but not intervene (my excuse being, "That's your business, not mine"). Although my biggest beef with him were the cheating with women...it was as if he were saying to his wife, "Well, at least I'm not doing drugs and killing myself like everyone else is with cocaine and steroids and all", and then him complaining about how she never wanted to talk/communicate or anything. Let's face it, there's 3 sides to each story: person A, person B, and in between lies The Truth.
Also, while he had legitimate beefs about some of the wrestlers' playing politics (i.e. Hogan, Flair, etc), it seemed like he was so easily led on and ready to trust Vince no matter what, even though Vince's track record showed he was willing to break promises and deals and everything else, so the whole shebang in Montreal shouldn't have been THAT big of a surprise to him. (Case in point: the deal with him and Hogan prior to Summerslam 1993 that went dead at the King of the Ring.) And while he readily praised Shawn Michaels and his in-ring abilities and athleticism, you can read about how he and Shawn didn't like each other, and then how Shawn's bad attitude grew along with his ego in 1996 and 1997---but if you read Shawn's book, it sounded like Bret wasn't all that great a worker, and that HE was the one who needed others to build himself up. (Again, see my point on "The Truth").
A lot of Bret's stories were great and fun to read....and while I admit I was prepared for a lot of the admissions/confessions he made in the book, I was STILL taken aback when reading them, and in some cases, how he didn't seem to regret them (such as when he DID use steroids to "bounce back" quickly from injury). In a lot of ways, he almost seemed like a complete hypocrite---selling himself as standing for family values and a hero and all, yet you see what happened with his private life and all (again, that's HIS business, but...). Nontheless, while I still admire him for his in-ring ability and place in wrestling history, it's no surprise that I can't see him through the rose-colored glasses anymore.
Finally, with the "3 Animals" story he told (1994, I believe)....that was pretty dead-on. No matter, I think he DID wind up being the proverbial "polar bear" as he chose.
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