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Bryan Alvarez interviews Matthew Randazzo V, author of "Ring of Hell: The Story of Chris Benoit" (featured in the #DarkSideOfTheRing episode).

(📻 F4D June 6, 2008 [paywall audio]:…)
Matthew Randazzo responds to Karl Stern & Dave Meltzer's criticism of his book "Ring of Fire." #DarkSideOfTheRing
When asked why "you newsletter guys" don't finish a book before commenting on it, Bryan freely admits that reading is not his friend, but he made an exception for this book.
"The whole thing wasn't bullshit, but enough that it shouldn't have been published. Randazzo went on F4D & tried to make it sound like Dave was just jealous he wasn't asked to be its editor (@davidbix was) so was out to harm him & this all led to the infamous Bix Board meltdown."
The Board~ thread with the Karl Stern question: "June 6 with MATTHEW RANDAZZO V" (May 31, 2008).

(Paywall Forum Link:…)
"- Why didn't he ask Dave Meltzer to go over his book? What was he avoiding by not going to him?

- Why write such a negative take on the wrestling business?

- Did he use any sources other than copies of the Wrestling Observer? Internet writers and Bix do not count." @davidbix
In 2008 this made you a heel on the Board~, today this sounds like every WON member. 😄

"His basic thesis of the book is that pro-wrestling is evil, the McMahon family is very evil, Stephanie McMahon is r*t*rded and causing the death of the company, Triple H politics so badly.."
"From Meltzer:"
DragonKingKarl: "You all know I attribute a great deal of respect to Dave.

I totally credit him with much of the success of my old newsletter over years. Yet, on this one, he's totally smoking crack."
Tell us how you really about Bix, "rabies." 😑😐😑

"Was does Bix have to be such an annoying c*nt just to plug his friend's book?"
I need this on a T-shirt: "Bix, you are not welcomed in Fresno." 😄
12 years later and somehow Bix still manages to rile people up even when he asks a basic question. 😄
Rovert run-in (some things never change).
"Question for MATTHEW RANDAZZO: Why write this book instead of a book devoted strictly to guys being r*ped with bananas? Did you feel a book purely about male banana r*pe would be harder to get on the market?" 🚫🍌
Just for clarity, all these posts up to this point were the "questions" the WON Board~ members wanted asked before the interview was conducted.
12 years later and Dave still takes it personally if you don't seek his seal of approval before publishing a book or making a documentary. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

"I don't necessarily believe that every wrestling book needs to be sent to Dave Meltzer first before it gets published."
Bryan is mad at Rovert. Call @fatjoe.
This thread keeps delivering and I'm only half way through it...
TEARS @ Bryan's reply. 😭😭😭

"I don't give two fucks how Kobe Bryant or Aaron Sorkin or anyone else would handle it. And believe me, if Kobe Bryant had a personal website with a forum on it that he frequented, I guarantee he'd yell at people like rovert."
Whoa, a Board~ user in 2008 wrote the #AEWDynamite theme song. So between this and Wang being patient zero for coronavirus, I'm getting scared! 🤯
Gotta agree with Kenny here, this thread was the undisputed champion until "what did JBL do to Mauro?" 👏
I can't wait to threadroll this when I'm done, my God. 😂

"You are self employed, watch television, talk into a microphone and write about fake fighting for a living. Most of your customers work forty plus hour weeks not including commute to and from their job."
Cleaner, I got this.
We have a Sempervive run-in! Now I'm dying to know what "f4wmongiareseriousbuddymk3.jpg" was, as the imageshack photo doesn't work anymore. 🤔
We have hypothetical Guantanamo Bay questions to Bryan now. Some kind of Hitler reference has to be coming next. #GodwinsLaw
No Hitler reference yet, but we're inching closer with some "classic" 2008 internet forum homophobia!
This thread has been going for 3 months, we're now in Sept. 2008 now and the Board~ still wants to know if Bryan read the book. #RIYF📚
We've now fast-forwarded to March 2012, where this journey ends. #PolishBobDouchebag

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