A review of Lex Luger’s new book, “Wrestling with the Devil”
By Dylan Collins.
Let me preface this review by saying that I was kind of dreading reading the new book “Wrestling With the Devil” by Lex Luger. I thought it was going to be one of those biographies that doesn’t really talk about sports, that makes the author out as a superhero and would be really “preachy”. So, I sat down for what I was sure was going to be a chore.
It wasn’t. Lex Luger talked about his life without pulling any punches. I didn’t get the sense that he was trying to puff out his chest at all. It was so brutally honest, that I really started to root for the guy to win. It brought me back to when I was a teenager and rooting for him in the ring. He lays everything out there. For a longtime wrestling fan, he supplied exactly what I came to see. The majority of this book is about his trials and tribulations in the professional wrestling industry. I was fascinated by his insight into what goes on behind the scenes, and what makes it tick. I’ve read a fair amount of wrestling biographies, and this book, the one that I thought was going to be really preachy, was one of the top two that I have ever read about the sport itself.
From his account of the time he was supposed to body slam Yokozuna (A 589 pound Sumo Wrestler) whilst wearing cowboy boots and not being able to get his footing, to the time that Vince McMahon made him tuna fish sandwiches, to his stories of the NWO glory days, to riding with the legendary Four Horsemen, to the tragic death of one of wrestling’s first ladies, Miss Elizabeth, I was genuinely riveted and I found Wrestling with the Devil to be a real page turner. Every night, I would sit down and say I was going to read about 20 pages, and almost every time, especially after getting about a third of the way through the book, I would lose track of time, because I was so invested in the book.
When the subject did turn to his faith, it was not what I expected either. It was an honest account of him almost dying several times, being thrown in jail, and just one horrible thing after another happening to him. He never plays the victim, he never looks for sympathy. Most of the things that happen to him, he acknowledges are his own fault, but man, this guy has had a rough life. He writes about his struggle to come to God, his reluctance to believe.
Lex Luger is extremely honest in this book. He talks about his shortcomings as an athlete, as a husband, and as a human being. He talks about his past failures without flinching. His story of being pulled out of all of the messes he made of his life is truly inspiring, and I honestly got a little teary when he wrote about giving his first testimony.
This is one of the best wrestling biographies that I have ever read, it is one of the best biographies in general that I have ever read, and it is one of the most inspiring stories that I have ever read. If you’re not a very religious person, but are a fan of 80’s and 90’s era professional wrestling, do not let the title of the book put you off. It’s well worth a read. If you are a Christian, I think that you will also get something out of this truly inspiring story of a man at his absolute lowest point, struggling to find a meaning in life, and his eventual redemption. I cannot reccomend this book highly enough.