by Dave Meltzer

Discription: In these past few years we see that wrestling and death have an amazing partnership, almost like a tag-team. And it's really sad, because through this we are losing some of the greatest men ever to be in the business. So it is only fitting that there be a book that gives tributes to such great men.

Unfortunately, this book doesn't really give these men the honor and respect they deserve.
Don't get me wrong, Meltzer gives a great insight into some of the greatest careers in wrestling from Owen Hart to Japan's Giant Baba. But it's the way that Meltzer presents these lifes that seems very distasteful.

Almost all his tributes ends very negatively, and can make even the most hardcore fans curse the name of pro wrestling for ruining great lifes. And this would be perfectly fine if the book was called Infamy. But it's called "Tributes" and in it you should be respecting the man's life and contributions no matter how it ended, not ending it with, "he dies alone with no money, no friends and as a bastard". Meltzer never says exactly that, but he might as well.

And some of his story telling is horrendous in a way, for an example, his early depiction of the black community and The Junk Yard Dog tries to sound noble, but it's offense and out-dated. He states that they use to be called blacks, um, they still are, "blacks" is not a negative term.

However, besides this, there are some nice storytelling every once in a while and there is enough feedback from other figures in wrestling that gives this book a great charm. Also, there are some FANTASTIC PICTURES IN THIS BOOK. I picked this book up for a bargain at Borders, I wouldn't advise fans to do anything less.

Rating: I give 6.5 out of 10.

Reviewed by andrew Lee on August 6, 2005.

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