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This book is a nostalgic romp through wrestling’s magnificent past.—Lanny The Genius PoffoBy his own admission, H.E. West was never what you might call a well-known name in professional wrestling.He never wrestled in Madison Square Garden, heMoreThis book is a nostalgic romp through wrestling’s magnificent past.— Lanny The Genius PoffoBy his own admission, H.E. West was never what you might call a well-known name in professional wrestling. He never wrestled in Madison Square Garden, he never held a championship title, and the small amount of money he was paid seldom covered the expenses he incurred on the road. For all intents and purposes, wrestling was not much more than a hobby, but he was doing what he loved.Wests story is a captivating look at life on the road for a man whose only desire was to be a part of the world of professional wrestling, not matter how small or insignificant that part might be. He takes the reader along with him on his journey into the wrestling world, describing his time in the ring, wrestling in high-school gyms and armories before fewer than one hundred people, and on the road with his fellow wrestlers. West wrestled as Mean Duke West, The Creature, and his most high-profile character, the Canadian Rose. He talks about being cheated by promoters, and being paid as little as one dollar a match. The narrative is peppered with honesty and humor, and told with humility by a man who never makes himself out to be more than he was — a wrestler whose sole purpose in the ring was to make other wrestlers look good.His story comes to a close as, with the advent of Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment, he watches the wrestling business change around him, and as the independent promotions go out of business, he finds himself standing on the outside of the wrestling business and looking in.Crowbar Press brings you this story of a man who sacrificed and did what it took to achieve his childhood dream — to be a professional wrestler.