Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Crowbar Press
Photos: 85 b&w
According to Bill De Mott, he was just a "fat kid from Jersey who had never been out of the country," but his introduction to professional wrestling in 1988 has allowed him to travel all over the world. Since then, he has been a professional wrestler, a color commentator on the WWE Velocity television show, the head trainer for Deep South Wrestling (WWEs developmental territory), a trainer on three seasons of the television reality show, Tough Enough, and now the owner of his own wrestling school and promotion New Energy Wrestling.
The stories of Bills life on the road are both hilarious and entertaining, and at other times, they are sad and insightful. He tells about his introduction to the world of wrestling at Gleasons Gym in Brooklyn, where he wrestled for almost two years before he was given an opportunity to work for small promotions in Puerto Rico, Japan, and Mexico. It would be five more years before he would reach what rookie wrestlers call "The Big Time" and join the ranks of World Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment.
Bills life has been filled with more backstage drama than is found in all the afternoon soap operas combined, and he doesnt pull any punches in the telling of his story. He relates how he was introverted as a child, escaping from the realities of a childhood without a father by turning to drugs and alcohol. Not much changed when he became a "famous" wrestler. In fact, he stepped up the pace and filled his life with anything that would allow him to escape the reality of the world.
Bill leaves no subject untouched. He discusses the origins of his many characters: Big Sweet Williams, Crash the Terminator, Crash the Eliminator, The Man of Question, Hugh Morrus, and General Rection. He talks about taking (and failing) drug tests. Bill doesnt hesitate to criticize himself, either, and relates his shortcomings. He talks candidly about making bad choices in life and his search for closure. He tells about being a member of the Chubba Bubbas, a group of wrestlers which included Rocco Rock, Johnny Grunge, Devon Storm, and Joe DAcquisto, whose primary goal was to party and have fun and, more often than not, get into trouble in the process. He shares behind-the-scenes stories about many of his peers, as well, including Mil Mascaras, Kevin Sullivan, Chris and Nancy Benoit, the Boogeyman, Johnny Ace, the Great Khali, Van Hammer, and Chavo Guerrero, Jr.
Considered by many to be a taskmaster with high expectations for his students, a softer side of Bill also reveals itself as his story unfolds. He speaks passionately about life on the road and how he missed seeing his two daughters grow up. In addition, Bill shares the actual notes from the journals he kept during his time on the road.
A fascinating memoir from one of pro wrestlings unique characters.