Book Review: Lex Luger’s tell all story
Last week, another great book from a former professional wrestler was released. And for those that remember former WWE and WCW wrestler Lex Luger, it is a must read. “Wrestling with the Devil: The True Story of a World Champion Professional Wrestler – His Reign, Ruin, and Redemption” is a book that will be hard to put down for fans of Luger and professional wrestling.
As with most books, it starts with a brief look into the childhood of Larry Pfohl, who later rename himself Lex Luger. After discussing his childhood, he dives into his college days and playing football. But after some bad decisions, his football days look to be ending. After some time, and playing for teams in the NFL and CFL, Luger decides to try to get into professional wrestling.
Always working to maintain a fit body, he was trained for the ring and soon pushed into the spotlight. He was soon wrestling for WCW where he became a member of the legendary Four Horsemen stable, along with Ric Flair. He goes more into his first WCW run and then his jump to the WWE, where he was pushed with ideas like the Lex Express tour bus and the Yokozuna powerslam challenge.
But when most still thought Luger was a WWE wrestler, he would be the man remembered for walking onto the first episode of WCW Monday Nitro, effectively starting the Monday Night Wars. The book then further discusses his run with WCW including the nWo angle, his relationship with Sting, the closing of WCW, and his ever-increasing problems with abuse.
He goes onto tell even more of his life story including his strained relationship with his family and his affair with former wrestling valet Miss Elizabeth. One of the sadder stories included is the night that Miss Elizabeth died while staying with Luger.
The book really holds nothing back and Luger comes clean with a lot. He takes the reader through his darkest days and then explains the life-changing moments that led him to become a born-again follower. Despite losing nearly everything, including his incredible physique and the ability to walk, he found God and changed his life for the better. But not just for himself. He now helps others to find their way so that hopefully they do not have to go through what Luger himself has.
Overall, the book is a great read. There is also a great foreword by former WCW wrestler and Luger’s friend Sting. The book is depressing at moments but it was great to get to the end and see that Luger has prevailed. Any one that is interested by this should definitely give it a read. I finished it in less than a week. It was that good. Luger laid out his life story for everyone. The good and the bad. And it is a good read for people interested in the life of a man that had it all then lost it all even faster, but, got even more in life in the end.