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Posts Tagged ‘blood tables and chairs’

Blood Tables and Chairs “The Story of an independent Wrestler” Book Review

Posted by flairwhoooooo on June 27, 2010

By Brian Kelley


I just purchased the brand new book by Dennis T McHawes called Blood, Tables and Chairs and must admit that I could not put the book down. McHawes wrestled as one of the favorite Indy stars of the Midwest in the 90’s going by the name of the DRILL INSTRUCTOR.

I had the chance to see him wrestle several times in Boonville, Missouri with his tag team partner Johnny Jett for a promotion that I cannot recall and recall him becoming an important member of Harley Race’s World League Wrestling.
The books first words are ….. “ST Louis – The Checkerdome – 1982” and young Dennis is attending his very first wrestling match. He is excited and makes no qualms about it. McHawes does not deny that he was a fan of wrestling and because of that you find yourself cheering him on. The Drill Instructor would debut at the historic South Broadway Athletic club and Dennis goes into detail about how he went about getting his foot in the door.

Throughout the book, MWR readers will recognize some of the names that he worked with. The Magic Man, Trevor Murdoch, Rick Ruby, Matt Murphy, Pete Madden, Derek Stone and Steve Fender are all included as McHawes lets us in on his ups and downs in his career. Readers will also learn that during his time with Harley Race, McHawes had the opportunity of working and partying with wrestling stars like Meng, Abdullah and even the great Harley Race himself.

He continues to share stories of Koko B Ware and former NHL Star Tony Twist, gives a true insight of how it felt to share a dream with tag team partner and friend Johnny Jett, only to have life move them in opposite directions. You’ll learn about his opinion concerning certain promoters and what kind of advice not to take from the Iron Sheik.

His trips to working for WWE marked the highlights of this book for me. He lets his guard down for the readers, who are therefore able to truly feel how much he and other wrestlers wanted to impress.
You will also not want to miss his reflection on his relationship with Race. Most of us never get to work so closely and become friends with one of the greats. In all walks of life, you have friendships that have highs and lows. In the end you can really get a feel for how thankful McHawes is towards the people who helped him.

For only $12.00, I highly recommend that you purchase this book You can purchase it at Amazon.com 

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Blood, Tables and Chairs (Volume 1)

Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 5, 2010

By Dennis T McHawes

A back jarring, bone breaking, bloody look at life on the road as an independent professional wrestler. A combat veteran of a Desert Storm, Marine, Dennis McHawes, left the military and began his battles in the squared circle. He enters the brutal, secretive and sometimes hilarious world of professional wrestling. From packed arenas to empty banquet halls, The Drill Instructor takes you through a career that span the better part of 9 years and thousands of miles. It is an honest look of how the business works and the people that make up one of America’s favorite hobbies. This explores the dark side of wrestling as well as bright, comical side of what happens in the ring. The story is told from a unique perspective that is rarely told, the guy trying to make it and having short trips to the big stage and then returning to the small venues. The travels include spots around the entire Midwest and the names are some of the biggest in the sport today and yesterday. A must read for the wrestling fan as well as those who enjoy a good story. There are no punches pulled and there is plenty of Blood, Tables and Chairs.

About the Author
Dennis T. McHawes: Raised in the small town of Herculaneum ,about 30 miles south of St. Louis, Dennis left home at 17 to join the United States Marine Corps. He found himself in a combat zone 6 months after graduation in Operation Desert Storm. In 1994, he was Honorably Discharged, moved back home and attended the police academy. He also began his career as a Professional Wrestler that fall going by the name “The Drill Instructor” During a career that lasted nine years he became the Missouri Heavyweight Champion, Missouri Tag Team Champion on several occasions and the World’s Champion for Harley Race’s World League Wrestling. He enjoyed a successful career that was highlighted with the opportunities to work for the major companies in the business. Since retiring from wrestling Dennis has continued his career in law enforcement as well as coaching high school football and running a successful photography studio, McHawes Photography. He spends his time being a Dad, taking pictures, writing and enjoying good music and a good cigar. He resides in Festus, Missouri. He is married to Gayla and has three children Denny, Madison and Marli.

To get your hands on a copy and support a former Midwest wrestler click here… I have!

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