Wrestling Reality: The Life and Mind of Chris Kanyon, Wrestling's Gay Superstar

Wrestling Reality The Life and Mind of Chris Kanyon Wrestling s Gay Superstar A rare glimpse not only into the life of a professional wrestler but the life of a gay man in a straight world this tragic memoir is told in Chris Kanyon s own words with the help of journalist Rya

  • Title: Wrestling Reality: The Life and Mind of Chris Kanyon, Wrestling's Gay Superstar
  • Author: Chris Kanyon Ryan Clark
  • ISBN: 9781770410282
  • Page: 101
  • Format: Paperback
  • A rare glimpse not only into the life of a professional wrestler, but the life of a gay man in a straight world, this tragic memoir is told in Chris Kanyon s own words, with the help of journalist Ryan Clark One of the most popular wrestlers of the late 1990s, Kanyon kept his personal life private from his fans until finally revealing his biggest secret in 2004 he was gaA rare glimpse not only into the life of a professional wrestler, but the life of a gay man in a straight world, this tragic memoir is told in Chris Kanyon s own words, with the help of journalist Ryan Clark One of the most popular wrestlers of the late 1990s, Kanyon kept his personal life private from his fans until finally revealing his biggest secret in 2004 he was gay Going through the various roles that Kanyon played, both in the ring and out of it, as well as his battle with manic depression, this book explores the factors that led to his suicide in 2010 In his voice and the way he wanted it told, these are Kanyon s last words about his experience rising through the ranks to the top of the professional wrestling world while keeping his sexuality hidden.

    One thought on “Wrestling Reality: The Life and Mind of Chris Kanyon, Wrestling's Gay Superstar”

    1. This is a major must read for fans of Chris Kanyon, wrestling and/or people who want to know what it is to be a closeted gay man in a strongly heterosexual sport. I knew the outcome, I knew what wound up happening to Kanyon and still wound up crying at the end. Chris' demons weren't the usual wrestling "demons" - his was dealing with being in the closet, fearing losing his job, his family and friends if his secret was discovered; plus, realizing he was bipolar to boot. He was given a burden that [...]

    2. Originally posted at my blog Chasing Empty PavementsWhen I saw this book on Netgalley, I remembered watching Kanyon on TV and I knew I had to read this book. Plus, I find it so interesting that he had to live a majority of his life hiding his sexuality. The Good: This did NOT read like a boring biography/memoir AT all. It was so interesting and fast paced, I felt like I was actually just listening to Chris speak out loud. I could almost hear his voice leap from the pages. I really enjoy that we [...]

    3. I have always been somewhat of a WWF guy. Growning up in the UK around the 90's BOOM period i had the luxury of both WWF and WCW. WWF more regular through Sky Sports but also WCW at the Cartoon Network TNT switch over. Kanyon was always one of those guys that i watched but would never have a lasting impression of. Now i am 25, A referee i see wrestlers and there work in different lights, i see more than there overall ablility in the ring. i see there over all contribution to the business and Chr [...]

    4. Even though Kanyon did kill himself after finishing this book it's still inspirational because he didn't give up on his dream. As someone who has gave up on wrestling in a sense it's a real eye opener(recently stopped training due to bisexuality). It showed me that maybe i don't have to give up one to have the other. I just wish Kanyon could have done the same. Despite his story having a sad ending him telling him story helped me and will help anyone in a similar situation. Rest In Peace Chris. [...]

    5. I was a huge fan of Cris Kanyon in WCW when he debut as Mortis. It was a goofy gimmick to some but I enjoyed the "Blood Runs Cold" angle they were going along side the nWo. As Mortis grew into Kanyon I was more interested in the angle he and Raven were having than anything else going on in WCW. I followed Chris ever since and was literally mouth agape watching some of the innovative moves he did in the ring. I continued to watch him as his career progressed up until his last run in the WWE, then [...]

    6. This book is the life story of professional wrestler Chris Kanyon. It spans from his childhood and through his career as a professional wrestler. Interwoven with his career is the internal struggle he had with being gay.I found the book an interesting read. I was never a huge Kanyon fan growing up. I didn't dislike him but he was someone that I didn't really follow. So I was largely unaware of the vast majority of his career. I do remember his WWF run after the demise of WCW, but not the moment [...]

    7. When I first read the description of the book I was interested. While I am not a huge, nor was I ever, a big fan of wrestling this book offered more. I wasn't too familiar with Chris Kanyon, but google was able to fill in the gaps. It must have been so tough for him to not only let people in on his homosexuality, but to battle with depression at the same time. Towards the end of the book I so wanted it to be a joke. Like psych he really didn't commit suicide and is laughing his butt off somewher [...]

    8. The story of Chris Kanyon in his own words. I loved the WCW in the '90s. I enjoyed going through some of the memories with him of other wrestlers and fights. His personal story while it did end tragically, he's inspiring. He went after his dream, costs be damned. That's something to admire. It's sad he had to suffer such guilt and shame about being who he truly was (or rather hiding it). I hope that folks that pick up this book will come away with hope and understanding. Hope that one day no one [...]

    9. I've read dozens of wrestlers' autobiographies, and Wrestling Reality was one of my favorites. It showed the passion and dedication of a lifelong fan from his childhood to college, then into pro wrestling as a struggling independent wrestler before he was finally able to wrestle for a living. The book offered an interesting look at some of the top promotions in wrestling, as Kanyon tried to find his place in Smoky Mountain Wrestling, WCW, and WWE. There were a few things I didn't like about Wres [...]

    10. I have read nearly every pro wrestling autobiography ever written and can safely say that this book is unique from all. Most books will take you along for a wrestler's journey from childhood to the major leagues. Kanyon does it vividly. Most share insight into their run in the major leagues- Kanyon does it with more insight. A major theme throughout the book is Kanyon's struggles with his sexuality. He vividly provides insight into the struggles that he dealt with, tragically leading to his unti [...]

    11. A different book with a great struggle by a very underated talent.The timeline and facts could have been double check, as some of it just didn't add up. But it doesn't take away from the book.When you get left behind at the train station letting the train go is just too much when you love wrestling so much, Kanyon is a constant reminder to enjoy the journey !A must read for every wrestler on the indy scene !

    12. This is such a great story but tragic at the same time. I'd definitely recommend this to any wrestling fan.

    13. Heartbreaking story. Even knowing how it ends before starting you are enraptured with his story. I could not put this down. Shame on you Vince McMahon.

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