Pure Dynamite: The Price You Pay for Wrestling Stardom

Pure Dynamite The Price You Pay for Wrestling Stardom Pure Dynamite is a blow by blow account of the career of Tom Billington who wrestled solo as The Dynamite Kid and with Davey Boy Smith as half of the British Bulldogs tag team Twice world champion

  • Title: Pure Dynamite: The Price You Pay for Wrestling Stardom
  • Author: Tom Billington Alison Coleman
  • ISBN: 9781553660842
  • Page: 442
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pure Dynamite is a blow by blow account of the career of Tom Billington, who wrestled solo as The Dynamite Kid, and with Davey Boy Smith as half of the British Bulldogs tag team Twice world champion, Billington was featured in the pages of Playboy magazine and was an international celebrity Although he should have been a millionaire when he retired in 1993, after 16 yearPure Dynamite is a blow by blow account of the career of Tom Billington, who wrestled solo as The Dynamite Kid, and with Davey Boy Smith as half of the British Bulldogs tag team Twice world champion, Billington was featured in the pages of Playboy magazine and was an international celebrity Although he should have been a millionaire when he retired in 1993, after 16 years of professional wrestling, he had little but memories are scar tissue to show for it As one of the first bona fide superstars in the World Wrestling Federation, Billington s career parallels the development of the WWF, from the early days to the decade following the first Wrestlemaina event at Madison Square Gardens in 1985 He worked with every major promoter, and wrestled with some of the biggest names in the sport His story is a candid expose of the highs and lows of a cultural phenomenon that is still growing today Now confined to a wheelchair as a result of serious damage to his back and legs, his years of steroid use have also damages Billington s heart and personal life Pure Dynamite is as much a cautionary tale as it is a glimpse into the world of a wrestling legend.

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    1. Dan Schwent

      I have a confession to make. I was big into pro-wrestling back in the day. And by back in the day, I mean 1982-2003. In the course of those years, I probably read 20 books about wrestlers. This one is in the top two.Pure Dynamite is the story of the Dynamite Kid, best known as one half of the British Bulldogs. The Kid, aka Tom Billington, tells the story of his career, beginning from his training at Wiggan, England as an undersized youth of 16, to Calgary with the Harts, to New Japan and his leg [...]

    2. John McConnell

      This is one of the best wrestler bios I've read and I've read a lot of them. Ignore what Bret Hart, Honkey Talk, and others say in shoot interviews on Youtube about the Dynamite Kid and his book. He's no more bitter and disillusioned than any of the guys putting him down across the Internet and in their own books.

    3. Lance Lumley

      I have been re-reading several of my wrestling books that I haven't picked up in years to see how they stand up. The book is about one half of the former WWF Tag Champions The Birtish Bulldgos, who were one of my favorite teams growing up (I saw them when I attended the 1st ever Survivor Series in Richfield, Ohio, and when I saw a taping of Saturday Nights Main Event at the same arena). Even though the book is honest about his use of steroids and the pressures on his body and life, the book is f [...]

    4. A.M. Torres

      A very interesting read. I always loved Dynamite Kid and the British Bulldogs; they probably are my favorite all time tag team right there with The Rockers and The Heart Foundation just to name a few during a time when tag teams were so popular. This book is one of the best ones I've read and it seemed to be brutally honest about a lot of things including wacky things that boggle the mind. This guy was great in the ring and was tough, but he was a bully and easily unlikable as he admits some of [...]

    5. David

      Tom "The Dynamite Kid" Billington's biography is a very interesting story of a wrestler who was a part of the 1980's surge in the popularity of professional wrestling. But, while this era is give some discussion, Billington gives equal billing to the time that he spent learning the craft in England, Canada, and Japan. I never realized what a legitimate tough guy the Kid was as well as a locker room prankster. I also didn't have any idea of the falling out between him and The British Bulldog. Sad [...]

    6. Richard

      This is a very good Pro Wrestling book from one of the very best talents of the late 80's to mid-90's, but the cynicism and disdain for his fellow workers (and far too many friends) weighs down many of stories. Factor in too the terrible toll that steroids took upon the author's body and you'll find yourself suffering a great deal of sadness as a result. While the book certainly aims to act as a cautionary tale, it's still a shame that someone this good should have suffered so much and enjoyed t [...]

    7. Koji Watanabe

      Were I to rate this book properly. I would rate it 5 stars for the frankness and descriptions of wrestling life, but 1 star for the narcissistic inconsistencies.Basically, he paints a very realistic picture of the wrestling world, yet most of his hate and stories vs others have been debunked by other wrestlers. Even wrestlers who don't like each other and never agree on anything will say Dynamite is lying about many parts and unwilling to accept blame for his personal shortcomings.

    8. Rob

      An interesting read. I thought Dynamite Kid had a ghost writer but, by the writing style in the book, I'm now thinking that he didn't. The writing is very amateur-ish, but nothing that isn't too terrible to get through. The stories are interesting but, oddly enough, I've read 20% of the stories in other books (like Mick Foley's). Overall, it's a decent read.

    9. Dillon Divine

      The Dynamite Kid was a great in ring warrior and his book tells the tale of what happens when you abuse your body and burn the candle at both ends. A solid read Kid doesn't pull any punches when voices his opinion on fellow wrestlers and promoters, sounding bitter at times. A recommended read for all wrestling fans and members of the business.

    10. Mr. Pease

      An enlightening and damning portrayal of the wrestling business in the hard-living era of the 1980's. Tom "Dynamite Kid" Billington's story is a cautionary tale about stardom and abuse that goes well beyond the world of wrestling. Recommended for wrestling fans, and those who enjoy biographies of personal struggle.

    11. Alex

      One of the better pro wrestler books out there. While you may not agree with this man's attitude, the way the book is written garners sympathy for his beliefs and plight unlike say Matt Hughes who just came off as a big tosser. Lots of awesome insight into the various worlds of pro wrestling from the UK to Mexico, Canada, Japan and the World Wrestling Federation itself.

    12. Travis Kendall

      One of the most brutally honest books about wrestling ever written. This is a story about one mans journey from no namer, to the heights of wrestling fame and back again. It is a story of fame, drugs, booze, pills, steroids, and the inevitable price that it cost him. This is "The Wrestler" without the feel good comeback at the end. A deffinite read for any wrestling fan.

    13. Tim Dunn

      One of the best wrestling books I've ever read, and I've read a lot. Good luck finding it, I had to search online, but if you do have the opportunity to come across a copy, do it.

    14. Mark James

      Great book. One of the first books I read about the wrestling business. Good, bad and all it's in there.

    15. Tom

      Even by the low standards of "celebrity" autobiography, this book was terrible. I would explain further, but then I would have spent more time on my review than he spent working on the book.

    16. Trent Zelazny

      A straight forward account of the price you can pay for being in any professional sport. Both fascinating and heartbreaking.

    17. Laurie V

      Thanks to this book, I always think of laxatives and horse steroids when I hear the name "Dynamite Kid."

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