Chris Kanyon wrestled for nine years in the WCW and WWE, winning the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship and the WCW/WWE World Tag Team Championship with Diamond Dallas Page. His years of prominence in the WWE were from 2001-2004. After being phased out of the WWE in early 2005, Kanyon, during a match in Ontario, Canada, came out as the worlds first active, openly gay professional wrestler. He made several well-known slogans among wrestling fans, including calling himself the Innovator of Offense and frequently saying Who Better than Kanyon? This book focuses on Kanyons struggles to keep his sexuality a secret from his wrestling peers (which ultimately led to a suicide attempt and severe depression) and the building of a WWE wrestler. He takes readers behind the scenes to look at both the moneymaking machine that is the WWE and its political hierarchy, along with explaining how a wrestler is built from the ground up and potentially brought back down to earth.
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Chris Kanyon (1970–2010), born Christopher Klucsarits, was an American professional wrestler best known for his work in World Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation. Ryan Clark is an editor, an instructor at Northern Kentucky University, and a writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer. He lives in Burlington, Kentucky.Review:
"Kanyon is brutally honest about the wrestlers he meets, his decision to take steroids, and exploring his sexuality." —www.unshelved.com (December 2011)
"[I]n-depth, honest and touching. It is not only the best biography that I have read on a wrestler, it is one of the best biographies I had read ever . . . period." —www.BookLegionDotCom.blogspot.com (December 2011)
"[T]he book is fascinating, both as a look at Kanyon personally and a trip through his wrestling career." —www.BleacherReport.com (November 2011)
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