From mythical wrestling announcer Jim Ross comes a candid, colourful memoir concerning the interior workings of the WWE and the private crises he weathered at the peak of his profession.
If you’ve stuck a televised wrestling fit each time up to now THIRTY years, you’ve more than likely heard Jim Ross’s throaty Oklahoma twang. The loved longtime announcer of WWE is already an icon to generations of wrestling lovers, and he’s now not slowing down, having simply signed on because the announcer of the starry new wrestling challenge All Elite Wrestling. On this apply-as much as his bestselling memoir Slobberknocker, he dishes approximately now not most effective his lengthy profession, which contains nurturing world stars like Stone Chilly Steve Austin, The Rock, and John Cena, but additionally concerning the demanding situations of growing older and incapacity, his break up from collaborator Vince McMahon, and the unexpected dying of his loved spouse, Jan. The result’s a gruff, endearing, and remarkably human-scale portrait, set in opposition to the bigger-than-existence backdrop of professional wrestling.
Ross’s ascent in WWE mirrors the upward push of professional wrestling itself from a DIY sideshow to one billion-greenback industry. Under the Black Hat traces the entire highs and lows of that wild trip, wherein Jim served now not most effective as on-air commentator, however skill supervisor, payroll grasp, or even occasional in-ring foil to threats like Paul “Triple H” Levesque and Undertaker. Whilst his function introduced him riches and publicity Jim by no means dreamed of rising up in a small the town in Oklahoma, he chafed in opposition to the strictures of a fickle company tradition and what he noticed as a slender imaginative and prescient of what makes nice wrestlers—and nice story traces. While unexpectedly with Bell’s palsy, a type of facial paralysis that makes it not possible to grin, he stared down his largest worry—being solid out of the saying sales space for just right.
Picking up the place Slobberknocker left off and finishing at the cusp of a brand new profession in a reimagined business, Under the Black Hat is the victorious story of a rustic boy who made it to the highest, took a couple of knocks, and glued round—simply the place his lovers like him.