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In 2011, Sean “X-Pac” Waltman said, “There’s some... ribs about Owen that honestly have to be written about.” Now, in 2019, over the course of 451 pages and over 140,000 words, author James Romero has finally crafted Owen Hart: King of Pranks – The Ultimate Anthology of Owen’s Greatest Ribs, Pranks and Stories. The book contains almost 160 of Owen Hart’s greatest pranks, e In 2011, Sean “X-Pac” Waltman said, “There’s some... ribs about Owen that honestly have to be written about.” Now, in 2019, over the course of 451 pages and over 140,000 words, author James Romero has finally crafted Owen Hart: King of Pranks – The Ultimate Anthology of Owen’s Greatest Ribs, Pranks and Stories. The book contains almost 160 of Owen Hart’s greatest pranks, enhanced with quotes from those who were lucky (or unlucky) enough to witness them, as well as 20 artist’s renditions of Owen’s most legendary stories sprinkled throughout the pages. From friends, family, co-workers and even his boss, Vince McMahon, nobody was considered off limits for the King of Pranks! Accompanying the charting of Owen’s pranking career is a biography chronicling Owen’s path from the youngest of 12 children to finding his identity as a reluctant wrestling superstar, as well as details of his personal life away from the ring. The following is the text from the back of the book: After his passing in May 1999 at the age of 34 the world discovered a couple of things about Owen Hart that hitherto had only been fully appreciated by his friends, family and colleagues: One - Owen was one of the most highly-respected and beloved people in the wrestling industry. Two - Owen was perhaps the greatest prankster in the history of the business. Through exhaustive research, this book chronicles more than 100 pranks, jokes and ribs Owen perpetrated on his co-workers, friends, family and even his boss as told by witnesses, co-conspirators and victims. Also included in this book is a truncated biography of Owen’s life in and out of the ring as well as innumerable fun facts and ridiculous side stories from the wacky world of professional wrestling. All hail The King of Pranks and long live The King!


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In 2011, Sean “X-Pac” Waltman said, “There’s some... ribs about Owen that honestly have to be written about.” Now, in 2019, over the course of 451 pages and over 140,000 words, author James Romero has finally crafted Owen Hart: King of Pranks – The Ultimate Anthology of Owen’s Greatest Ribs, Pranks and Stories. The book contains almost 160 of Owen Hart’s greatest pranks, e In 2011, Sean “X-Pac” Waltman said, “There’s some... ribs about Owen that honestly have to be written about.” Now, in 2019, over the course of 451 pages and over 140,000 words, author James Romero has finally crafted Owen Hart: King of Pranks – The Ultimate Anthology of Owen’s Greatest Ribs, Pranks and Stories. The book contains almost 160 of Owen Hart’s greatest pranks, enhanced with quotes from those who were lucky (or unlucky) enough to witness them, as well as 20 artist’s renditions of Owen’s most legendary stories sprinkled throughout the pages. From friends, family, co-workers and even his boss, Vince McMahon, nobody was considered off limits for the King of Pranks! Accompanying the charting of Owen’s pranking career is a biography chronicling Owen’s path from the youngest of 12 children to finding his identity as a reluctant wrestling superstar, as well as details of his personal life away from the ring. The following is the text from the back of the book: After his passing in May 1999 at the age of 34 the world discovered a couple of things about Owen Hart that hitherto had only been fully appreciated by his friends, family and colleagues: One - Owen was one of the most highly-respected and beloved people in the wrestling industry. Two - Owen was perhaps the greatest prankster in the history of the business. Through exhaustive research, this book chronicles more than 100 pranks, jokes and ribs Owen perpetrated on his co-workers, friends, family and even his boss as told by witnesses, co-conspirators and victims. Also included in this book is a truncated biography of Owen’s life in and out of the ring as well as innumerable fun facts and ridiculous side stories from the wacky world of professional wrestling. All hail The King of Pranks and long live The King!

36 review for Owen Hart: King of Pranks: The Ultimate Anthology of Owen's Greatest Ribs, Pranks and Stories (Wrestling Biographies by James Romero)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lance

    Owen Hart was a long-time performer in professional wrestling and had two reputations. One was that he was loyal, hard-working and would take part in nearly any role, whether it was as a babyface or a heel. The other reputation he had was as a prankster, playing jokes and tricks on practically anyone involved in the business. This book by James Romero has much material on the pranks, but it is also a serious biography on Hart’s life. If a reader is looking for just light, funny reading about Hart Owen Hart was a long-time performer in professional wrestling and had two reputations. One was that he was loyal, hard-working and would take part in nearly any role, whether it was as a babyface or a heel. The other reputation he had was as a prankster, playing jokes and tricks on practically anyone involved in the business. This book by James Romero has much material on the pranks, but it is also a serious biography on Hart’s life. If a reader is looking for just light, funny reading about Hart’s jokes and pranks, there is plenty of them, but that won’t be clear from the start. Hart died when a stunt for a World Wrestling Federation (then-WWF) went horribly wrong and he fell to his death when he was supposed to make a dramatic entrance inside the ring from above. While that seems like it would detract from the book, I give the author much credit for writing about that horrible event with objectivity and with much knowledge. It certainly is an attention-grabber and will get the reader hooked into reading more about Hart. While each chapter contains plenty of jokes played on others by Hart, there is also serious material as each chapter starts out with descriptions of Hart’s early life and his subsequent wrestling career, much of it side by side with his brother Brett. There are many ups and downs in Owen’s career and they are all covered completely in these segments. However, the book concentrates on the pranks Owen played on nearly anyone and everyone. These accounts came from many different sources – fellow wrestlers, friends, and even his widow Martha. Like any other collection of stories, there are good ones, not-so-good ones and everything in between. There are some that Owen would do repeatedly and a few are described in the book, such as messing with the driver of a car by giving wrong directions or other similar pranks. If I had to pick a favorite story, it would be the one in which a new announcer was parched before having to do an interview and Owen was right there to help with a soft drink. But instead of giving it to him to drink, the announcer had it run down his body and had to conduct the interview in wet, sticky pants. That was one of the stories that had me laughing out loud. Overall, this book is a very good tribute to Owen Hart, who not only was a prankster but also a kind man outside of the ring, giving advice to new wrestlers as well as helping others in any way he could. While his death was tragic and was easily preventable, this book helps to ensure his legacy will live on. I wish to thank Mr. Romero for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. https://sportsbookguy.blogspot.com/20...

  2. 5 out of 5

    M A Shuttle

    Almost as many footnotes as there is actual book I'd love to give this book more stars, but sadly it's just not an easy read. There's far too many footnotes and explanations on things that aren't important. They're clearly designed for the "non wrestling fans" the author wants to appeal to. But let's get real - if you're not a wrestling fan then you'll have no idea who Owen Hart is, or what wrestling ribs are, or why these stories are of any relevance whatsoever. The stories of these ribs are dece Almost as many footnotes as there is actual book I'd love to give this book more stars, but sadly it's just not an easy read. There's far too many footnotes and explanations on things that aren't important. They're clearly designed for the "non wrestling fans" the author wants to appeal to. But let's get real - if you're not a wrestling fan then you'll have no idea who Owen Hart is, or what wrestling ribs are, or why these stories are of any relevance whatsoever. The stories of these ribs are decent, although the author lacks any kind of creative flair to bring them to life and instead everything is very dry and matter of fact. This matter of fact style is then contrasted by him offering his opinion on the sections where he looks at Owen's career and the on screen storylines he was involved in, which is exactly where that style was needed most. Only the most ardent of wrestling fans should bother with this one.

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