CHRIS & NANCY: The Great Debate

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A guy named Gary Cubeta, who hosts an Internet radio wrestling talk show, has posted a pan of my book at Amazon.  Weighing in at 33 words – perhaps maxing out on how long Cubeta can sustain a thought – the review concludes  with five that anyone could agree with: “my opinions, yours may vary.”

One whose opinions vary is Derek Burgan, a prolific reviewer of wrestling books and DVDs. On Friday night Burgan appeared on Cubeta’s show for a Siskel-and-Ebert debate about CHRIS & NANCY. (Burgan: two thumbs up. Cubeta: two thumbs down.) You can listen to the audio at

Burgan emailed me, “I was flabbergasted that someone could read the whole book and come away with the conclusion that you were trying to answer why Chris killed Nancy.” He also said, “LOVED the ‘negative’ comments about the book such as ‘too well written’ and ‘too researched.’ How do you respond to that?”

Naturally, your humble blogger thinks Derek is brilliant.

Cubeta, meanwhile, calls to mind this passage in the last chapter of CHRIS & NANCY:

“You can’t talk to a man with a shotgun in his hand. Nor can you  argue with anyone who thinks a cluster of avoidable deaths, in a show business in a non-war zone, can be rationalized. Vince McMahon knows this; the rest of us only suspect it.”


Irv Muchnick

1 Comment

  1. Sean Oliver says:

    Cubeta is a tool, with a seemingly singular M.O. – try and annoy and disrupt the legitimate wrestling merchandising market, so as to get his free Internet podcast noticed.

    While possibly a valid marketing tactic, it is up to the real players to ignore such silliness and swat away the gnat buzzing near our heads with no further thought.

    Irv, I have not read this offering but I do own your previous, and I wish you well and encourage you ignore those who try to excell by shackling the feet of the fastest on the track.

    Sean Oliver
    Kayfabe Commentaries LLC