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

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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 Kanyons 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 Kanyons last words about his experience rising through the ranks to the top of the professional wrestling world while keeping his sexuality hidden.

Review:

"In this turbulent ride through the often-unrewarding world of pro-wrestling, the late Kanyon, who committed suicide in 2010, offers a picture (with freelancer Clark) into the unstable mind of an aspiring wrestler burdened with much more than worries about how best to bulk up on muscle. Kanyon, born and raised in Sunnyside, Queens, knew from an early age that his dream in life was to wrestle — and that he was gay. Kanyon's love for the sport only increased, and he practiced throughout college while studying to be a physical therapist. Deciding to pursue wrestling after college, Kanyon traveled from state to state, floating between different wrestling circuits, gyms, and trainers. He constantly strived to find a middle ground, a comfort zone, where he could be himself in the real world, as a gay wrestler, and in the wrestling world, taking on a gay wrestling 'identity.' Kanyon's memoir is a candid, honest look into a little-discussed aspect of wrestling." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Chris Kanyon (1970-2010), born Christopher Klucsarits, was an American professional wrestler best known for his work in World Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation. Ryan Clark is an editor, an instructor at Northern Kentucky University, and a writer for the "Cincinnati Enquirer." He lives in Burlington, Kentucky.

Table of Contents

Preface / ix

Introduction, by Jim Mitchell / xii

Prologue: September 14, 2003 / 1

I The Rise of Kanyon

1 Growing Up in Sunnyside / 09

2 Waiting for Fireworks / 16

3 The Long Skate Home / 21

4 Culture Shock / 25

5 Its So Fake / 30

6 Redemption / 35

7 Roman Candles / 38

8 The Turnbuckle of My Dreams / 43

9 My College Education / 47

10 Chasing My Dream / 52

11 Secrets and Steven Tyler / 58

12 Pete and the Lower East Side Wrestling Gym / 65

13 The Debut of Chris Morgan / 73

14 My “Faggy” Wrestling Costume / 78

15 The Land of Trailers and Freaks / 83

16 Mistakes / 95

17 Awe and Disgust in the Mirror / 103

18 Smoky Mountain High / 108

19 Screwed but Moving On / 116

20 Say Hello to Afa / 127

21 Relationships, Personality and My Gimmick / 138

22 Party in Memphis / 144

23 Out of a Job, on to the Power Plant / 154

II The Fall o f Chris

24 Diamond Dallas Page / 165

25 The Strange Life of a Single Gay Wrestler / 170

26 California Dreaming and Making My Name / 177

27 Success as Mortis, Overshadowed by nWo / 184

28 The Online Dating Scene / 193

29 Negotiations / 201

30 Death on the Autobahn? / 206

31 The Return of Kidman, the Debut of Blood Runs Cold / 211

32 Heels, Sullivan and the Bucket / 216

33 Frustrations / 223

34 Injecting the Needle / 232

35 From Mortis to Kanyon / 238

36 To Hollywood and Toronto — and Back / 245

37 The ww f and the Effect of 9/11 / 271

38 Did Vince Really Want to Hurt Me? / 288

III The Batt le for Chris Kanyon

39 Fighting Back Outside the Ring / 295

40 Kanyon Vs. Flair / 300

41 Enjoy the Journey, Enjoy Your Life / 303

Epilogue: April 2, 2010 / 307

Acknowledgments / 311

Product Details

ISBN:
9781770410282
Author:
Kanyon, Chris
Publisher:
ECW Press
Author:
Clark, Ryan
Subject:
Wrestling
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Subject:
Sports
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
No Series Information required
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9.75 x 6.75 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this turbulent ride through the often-unrewarding world of pro-wrestling, the late Kanyon, who committed suicide in 2010, offers a picture (with freelancer Clark) into the unstable mind of an aspiring wrestler burdened with much more than worries about how best to bulk up on muscle. Kanyon, born and raised in Sunnyside, Queens, knew from an early age that his dream in life was to wrestle — and that he was gay. Kanyon's love for the sport only increased, and he practiced throughout college while studying to be a physical therapist. Deciding to pursue wrestling after college, Kanyon traveled from state to state, floating between different wrestling circuits, gyms, and trainers. He constantly strived to find a middle ground, a comfort zone, where he could be himself in the real world, as a gay wrestler, and in the wrestling world, taking on a gay wrestling 'identity.' Kanyon's memoir is a candid, honest look into a little-discussed aspect of wrestling." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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