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Are their any books about Jim Barnett or any books about wrestling that talk in detail about Jim’s career in wrestling? 

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Franchise wrote: Are their any books about Jim Barnett or any books about wrestling that talk in detail about Jim’s career in wrestling? 
Almost every book I've read from old school guys talk a lot about Barnett.  He was a huge part of the business.  Ole Anderson, Gary Hart, etc. all have autobiographies that talk a lot about him. 

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thanks, I’ll check out the Ole book

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Franchise wrote: thanks, I’ll check out the Ole book
He's all over Ole's book. Ole's book was a very good read.

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The Thin Thirty has a scandalous story about Barnett involving the University of Kentucky football team.

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Probably the Jim Wilson book Chokehold since not sleeping with Barnett was allegedly the reason he was blackballed. It delves into a lot of the behind the scenes of the NWA and served as the inspiration for Tim Hornbaker to write a more objective book about their monopoly over wrestling. 

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DJP wrote: Probably the Jim Wilson book Chokehold since not sleeping with Barnett was allegedly the reason he was blackballed. It delves into a lot of the behind the scenes of the NWA and served as the inspiration for Tim Hornbaker to write a more objective book about their monopoly over wrestling. 

But the Jim Wilson book is fiction. Everyone has their own biases in their books, but that one is ridiculous. 

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srossi wrote: DJP wrote: Probably the Jim Wilson book Chokehold since not sleeping with Barnett was allegedly the reason he was blackballed. It delves into a lot of the behind the scenes of the NWA and served as the inspiration for Tim Hornbaker to write a more objective book about their monopoly over wrestling. 

But the Jim Wilson book is fiction. Everyone has their own biases in their books, but that one is ridiculous. 

I don't believe Wilson that Barnett was going to make him world champion in exchange for sex and that he was not pushed and ultimately blackballed because he didn't go along. Of course I think he had an agenda and just about everyone who ever saw Wilson calls bullshit on that claim. But to say it's all fiction is not accurate. It was considered the most well researched and comprehensive book on the inner workings of the NWA and their control over wrestling until Hornbaker's book.

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DJP wrote: srossi wrote: DJP wrote: Probably the Jim Wilson book Chokehold since not sleeping with Barnett was allegedly the reason he was blackballed. It delves into a lot of the behind the scenes of the NWA and served as the inspiration for Tim Hornbaker to write a more objective book about their monopoly over wrestling. 

But the Jim Wilson book is fiction. Everyone has their own biases in their books, but that one is ridiculous. 

I don't believe Wilson that Barnett was going to make him world champion in exchange for sex and that he was not pushed and ultimately blackballed because he didn't go along. Of course I think he had an agenda and just about everyone who ever saw Wilson calls bullshit on that claim. But to say it's all fiction is not accurate. It was considered the most well researched and comprehensive book on the inner workings of the NWA and their control over wrestling until Hornbaker's book.

Wilson's ax to grind is impossible to ignore and taints everything else.  I enjoyed Hornbaker's book a lot and will certainly believe that over anything in Wilson's.  There is some overlap of course so not everything Wilson said was bullshit, but without proper verification from a legit source I don't buy anything he says.

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Steve Johnson wrote a long piece about him for our book, The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Storytellers, which will be out in the fall of 2019. So hang in there!



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