Barbed wire, broken bones and tables, scars and steel folding chairs, fire, stitches, staples… And superglue. I’ve been waiting on Sabu’s autobiography for years and couldn’t believe I missed the release back in March!
Terry Brunk idolized his uncle, The Sheik. After a near-death experience convinced The Sheik that his nephew was tough enough to train, young Terry broke into pro wrestling the traditional way, slowly, one hold at a time. But when his uncle wasn’t looking (or so he thought), Terry began experimenting with the moves and madness that would define his career and change the trajectory of the industry forever.
From his time performing between barbwire ropes in Japan and the early days of ECW to his brief sojourns in WCW and WWE, Sabu discusses his passion for wrestling, the ups & downs of his career, the people who helped him along the way, and in true hardcore fashion, the ones who didn’t.
You can buy the book directly from WOHW Publishing. I purchased the autographed version but was a bit sorry to learn that it was a bookplate (a sticker) that was signed, not the actual book. For casual readers, Scars, Silence, & Superglue might be a little tough to navigate. The narrative jumps around and gets broken up by recollections and writings from Sabu’s peers– Rob Van Dam, Bill Alfonso, Raven, Taz, and more. The book itself also feels rushed at times with no sense of structure– a second printing with another eye on the editing would be welcome.
It ain’t perfect, but it’s real. Sabu’s admiration for his uncle and obvious love of professional wrestling define the book overall. I’ll toss into the universe that I wouldn’t mind if Sabu and ghostwriter Kenny Casanova collaborated on a Sheik biography… I might also advise that Scars, Silence, & Superglue is for hardcore fans only…
But does Sabu have any other kind?