1970’s Pro Wrestling Fictional Fun: A Review of Blood Red Dollar Green (Volume 1)
Review by: Lavie Margolin
I am a connoisseur of pro wrestling books and have read nearly all of them. I will scroll through Amazon listing and Amazon listing in order to find some obscure autobiography or wrestling history book. I had always stayed away from the limited amount of Pro Wrestling fiction that was out there as I didn’t know much about it and wanted to avoid wasting my money on fan fiction or dreck. I stayed away until I noticed a piece in the daily update on WrestlingObserver.com about Blood Red Dollar Green (Volume 1). The fact that this fiction book was endorsed by Mick Foley and was a crime novel (one of my other interests) was enough for me to give the book a chance and I am glad that I did.
From the hard-boiled look of the inner pages to the words inside, this book is a well developed gem from cover to cover. The author, Paul O’Brien, spared no detail in reconstructing a feasible alternative look at 1970’s pro wrestling. Danno Garland is a struggling wrestling promoter in charge of the New York market. He agrees to a deal that he cannot refuse with fellow promoter, Proctor King, in order to improve his business and pop the market in order to promote an all star show at Shea Stadium.
There are several allusions in here to people like Vince McMahon and Andre The Giant, organizations like The National Wrestling Alliance and places like Madison Square Garden and Sunnyside Gardens. The real star of the book is the down on his luck loser and yes man, Lenny Long. He is a character that we can all easily imagine. Lenny will do anything possible to stay in the wrestling business. He’s a down on his luck loser willing to lose his family to remain near the sport he loves. It is clear that Paul O’Brien loves the pro wrestling business and pulls pieces from various historical elements about well know (as well as much lesser known) players in the business. I can think of several stooge men that served Vince Sr. and Jr. over the years that could easily fit into the character profile.
The book is a nonstop thrill ride and I highly recommend it. You’ll probably want to order volume 2 right after you finish this one. Just like Mick Foley wrote the first great pro wrestling autobiography with Have a Nice Day, Paul O’Brien does the same with Blood Red Dollar Green (Volume 1).
Further quality fiction reading with a pro wrestling theme:
Blood Red Dollar Green (Volume 2) by Paul O’Brien. You’ll want to continue the story here. I voted this book for Best Wrestling book of 2013 in the Observer awards.
Bucket Nut by Liza Cody Eva Wylie is a London based professional wrestler and a junkyard security guard looking for a break, any way she can get it.
Everybody Down Here Hates Me by Pat Barrett A semi-autobiographical fictional account of the business from a former WWWF wrestler.
About the Reviewer: Lavie Margolin is a long-time pro wrestling fan and author of The LinkedIn Butterfly Effect. For my information on Lavie, visit his website, www.Lioncubjobsearch.com, or tweet him @Laviemarg