Monday, June 12, 2023

the last book I ever read (Ringmaster: Vince McMahon and the Unmaking of America, excerpt one)

from Ringmaster: Vince McMahon and the Unmaking of America by Andrew Riesman:

There is a story that is illuminating, one passed down by J. J. Dillon (James Morrison), an ex-wrestler who worked for Vince Senior (and, later, Vince). He says Vince Senior was beloved by the Boys, the term of art for a wrestling roster. “The old-timers had such adoration for the father,” Dillon says. “I could even go so far as to say it was almost an impossibility for his son to come along and ever completely fill his father’s shoes and have that same level of respect.”

Sometime later, Vince the younger told Dillon about a conversation he’d had with Vince Senior. The father’s wisdom, as imparted to the son, was: “Wrestlers are like seagulls: all they do is eat, shit, and squawk all day.”

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