Under the Mat

Under the Mat

Inside Wrestling's Greatest Family

Book - 2001
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Wrestling is real. It is an actual world, with real people and real lives. It is a world of superstars and egos, a world of money and greed, of family and fame and yet a place where tragedy and misery are all too common. It is a world far from the media and television cameras. It is a world far from the spectators and the commercialism, and it is the only world Diana Hart has ever known. It is the other side of the sport, the side beyond the lights, the side under the mat, where the real stories rest, hidden from the cameras, hidden from the fans and known to only those who live it each day. Diana Hart, a Calgary native, was born into a family where the world of wrestling was unavoidable. Her father Stu was a wrestling legend, her brother Brett The Hitman became one of the sports most notorious names, her brother Owen, another wrestling star was killed in the ring while performing an unsafe stunt. Her ex-husband, Davey Boy Smith was one half of the famous wrestling tag team, the British Bulldogs and her friends include the likes of Stone ColdSteve Austin, Hulk Hogan and The Rock. Her childhood baby sitter was Andre the Giant and her fathers friends who visited her childhood home included names like Mohammad Ali. Under the Mat recounts Dianas life, growing up in the Hart home, being sister to Owen and Brett, witnessing their rise to fame and the terrible tragedy, which claimed her younger brothers life. She remembers her father training some of the WWFs and WCWs biggest names in her familys basement gym and recounts their tales to stardom. Her story is the closest true-life account of the real world of professional wrestling and will prove to be the biggest, most sought after book this fall.
Publisher: Bolton, Ont. : Fenn Pub., 2001.
ISBN: 9781551682563
Branch Call Number: 796.8120922 Hart
Characteristics: 200 pages : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Day, Kirstie McLellan


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May 25, 2009

This is an eye opening and disillusioning tell-all book about proffessional wrestlings most famous family.

From the first page of the first chapter Diana Hart sets the shocking, blunt and graphic tone of the book. Diana's the daughter of the legendary Stu Hart and brother to Bret and Owen. This book chronicles her youth growing up pour in a big family, her falling in love with Dave Boy Smith (who would later become the famous wrestler the Brittish Bulldog) and the books delves into her tumultuous life in the Wrestling/show-biz industry.

Becuase of her close relationship with her brother Owen, he played a major part of the book as well as the family tensions. It was published a year before Diana's ex-husband died of heart failure brought on by his years of drug use. This book is a tagedy and all the more shocking because it's all true. It proves that you can't believe everything you see on TV and the there are many aspects to a story kept hiden. Her own husband hid his drug addictions from her for years so it makes me wonder how much more there lies hidden... under the mat.


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May 26, 2009

We stared at the chickens slowly spinning. Then my dad cleared his throat a little. "Di, can I just talk to you for a second here." I looked up at him My dad continued to stare at the meat. "The art of submission wrestling is a lot like life. We always gotta know what the other guy's move is before you move. Then you guzzle 'em." Guzzle is another way of saying move in for the kill. my dad was trying to tell me that as a married woman I would have to stand on my own and be strong.

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