This debut novel by Billy Duncan chronicles five outrageous years in the life and pro-wrestling career of Chad Savage as he goes from self-doubt to…more self-doubt. It takes him from the half year of grueling training to the utterly outlandish—even by pro-wrestling standards—championship title match where both wrestlers throw everything but the kitchen sink at each other. Wait a minute…a kitchen sink might be one of the weapons allowed in the ring for that bizarre fight!
Throughout the story, Duncan shows in detail what we’ve always suspected: that long before the bell to start the match, each wrestler knows whether he’ll win or lose. Through the narrator’s vivid descriptions, we step into the ring with each of the “performers” (who live the adage “the show must go on!”). The novel shines a light on the signals the pros flash each other so they can be prepared for what’s to come. From the story’s excruciating detail, we can visualize the evolution of every wrestling maneuver. We also come to understand the fans—who embody the abbreviation of the word “fanatic”—and how the best performers in the ring always give them what they want.
For anyone who appreciates professional wrestling—or loves humor in any of its guises—this novel is a fast paced, true-to-life and funny funny funny read.