Long before he became “Hardcore Holly,” Robert Howard was a fighter. From humble beginnings — a boy dominated by his disciplinarian stepfather but fueled by an unquenchable passion for pro wrestling — Bob grew up struggling to make ends meet. As an adult with a family of his own to provide for, Bob fought in bars for money before finally following his dream of wrestling. From regional promotions all the way to the bright lights of the WWF, from false starts as Thurman “Sparky” Plugg and “Bombastic” Bob to fame as an internationally known superstar, The Hardcore Truth tells the story of Bob’s life including his 16 years working for Vince McMahon.
In this rollercoaster tale of success and frustration, replete with missed opportunities, broken promises, and a broken neck — a story of fast bikes and faster cars, lost loves and wrestling bears, bar fights and betrayal — Bob shares his uncompromised views on the present wrestling landscape with fascinating insights into the world leader in sports entertainment.
A wonderful read for wrestling fans of all ages. Bob's knowledge and experiences are one of a kind and by the end of the book you almost feel as if you were one of his best friends that went through the journey, hardships and triumphs throughout his career.
I have read the book several times and as you go along its impossible to put down!
Thanks sir for sharing your experiences with us, truly an outstanding book, wrestler and human being! Thanks bob.
The hidden gem of wrestler biographies…
I’ve read lots of the top guy’s biographies/autobiographies. Bret’s, Flair’s, Jericho’s, Shawn’s, JR’s, Foley’s etc.
It was a refreshing change of pace to read a book about a guy that didn’t have that fairytale of becoming the world championin the end Instead, you learn about the career of a midcard guy. Mr reliable, mr professional, well respected but never pushed to be a top guy. His work ethic from is early years to his years in the WWE is truly inspiring. This is a really terrific read and if you’re a WWE fan in the 90’s and 00’s then this is definitely for you.