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Monday, 17 September 2007
How Dr. Death Became Dr. Life - Book Review
“Dr. Death” Steve Williams is one of the toughest men to have ever graced the squared circle. An outstanding college football and amateur wrestling star, Williams went on to achieve a tremendous amount of success in the professional wrestling industry, especially in Japan, where he is considered one of the greatest foreign stars ever to have competed there.
“How Dr. Death Became Dr. Life”, written in conjunction with Tom Caiazzo, is William’s life story, and it begins with his battle against throat cancer. Although somewhat graphic at times, Williams tells of the ups-and-downs the illness had not just on him, but on his family and friends as well. Williams’ courage during this trying time is truly inspiring, and my respect for the man grew immensely during these first few pages.
Williams then goes into great details first about his college football and amateur wrestling careers, before moving on to his professional wrestling career. He speaks highly of “Cowboy” Bill Watts and fondly of his time in the UWF, a happy time that sadly came to an end when Jim Crockett purchased the company. Not being one for cliques, Williams found life somewhat hard in the company that would go on to become part of Ted Turner’s global empire. Williams also speaks fondly of his time in Japan, and of his respect for both Antonio Inoki and Giant Baba, probably the two most powerful men in the history of Japanese professional wrestling.
The final part of the book sees Williams going into detail about his faith. I’m not a religious person, never have been, and probably never will be, but I found what Williams was saying somewhat inspiring, as he now devotes his life to his faith after his tortuous battle with cancer.
“How Dr. Death Became Dr. Life” is a tremendous read. Williams comes across as a man who is passionate about everything in his life, and his story is truly inspiring. A man who was known as a rough and tough SOB is in true life a kind and caring man, and if you’re a fan of old “Doc”, then you’ll enjoy reading this.
“How Dr. Death Became Dr. Life”, by Steve Williams and Tom Caiazzo, is released on March 15th, and is available to pre-order from www.sportspublishingllc.com.
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