Wrestling's Made Men

Breaking the WWE's Glass Ceiling

by Scott Keith

Description:As a ten-year wrestling fan, I've done my best trying to view all the videos, read all the books, and watch all the matches in professional wrestling I could. I take regular trips to the library, where I meet the majority of the wrestlings I read, such as The Canadians, Adam Copeland on EDGE, Mick Foley's Foley is Good, Wrestlecrap, and Death of WCW. I'd like to think that I've read pretty much the majority of the "good" books in wrestling today with my favorites being the biographies and autobiographies.

This book, Wrestling's Made Men: Break The WWE's Glass Ceiling, for me, was a waste of time reading. Scott Keith, a Canadian, decided to use the title to completely catch the reader off guard. It was less and less about the "made men" in WWE or wrestling period, and more about a way to complain about every little thing that happened in WWE. He uses this time to complain about Triple H, Shawn Michaels, and even The Undertaker at times rather than writing about how they rose up to their stardom. He gave his opinions on certain subjects and he made it very clear that unless the match contained one of his favorite wrestlers-or a Canadian-it wasn't very good and had his own strange "star-points" system.
He would call the Hell in the Cell match between Shawn Michaels and Triple a two-star match while the match with Kane and Benoit would be a three-star match. I don't wish to sounds discriminative to Canadians, half of my favorite wrestlers are Canadians, but just because two of Scott's least favorites wrestlers were in a main event over Benoit in a 40-minute match doesn't really make him an expert at describing how certain matches were worth.

The book is mainly about the events between 2001 to 2005 and what has all happened in WWE during that time. He makes sure to catch every moment by starting each chapter with that month's PPV card. He started to talk about his dislike for Stone Cold Steve Austin after the famous "walk out." It was clear he didn't read Austin's point of view, but to him, his opinions were facts. He talked about how The Rock went on to film "The Scorpion King" and "The Rundown," which wouldn't be that bad, except for the fact that he would go on to describe the movie detail by detail and comment on them as well. He also went on to talk about the lawsuit between WWE and Brock Lesnar.

Overall, this book scores a total of two-out-of-ten simply because not only does the title itself lie to what the reader wants to read about (how men made in WWE history), Scott instead "swerves" the reader into reading his own complaints about how WWE held down some of his favorite wrestlers. He goes to detail to talk about the "bad" of WWE and never once delivered what the title promised-history of those who made it. Scott seems to be a displeased and disgruntled fan who clearly has some beef against Vince, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, and Jeff Jarrett (of TNA).

Rating: 2/10. (Only given two points for at least talking about wrestling through the majority of the book.)

Reviewed by Jesse Lee on February 25, 2007.

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