Sequim author’s first book looks inside professional wrestling

SEQUIM — Matthew Randazzo V probably thought he was still dreaming when he woke up this morning.

The 24-year-old author’s first book — on professional wrestling and one wrestler’s demise to drugs and brain damage — is officially available to the public today, even though it already has been showing up in bookstores and available at Amazon.com for about a week.

“My agent called me a few days ago and said he walked into a bookstore and saw my book,” Randazzo said with a wide smile in an interview.

The Sequim resident displayed a smile despite battling a touch of food poisoning. He came down sick the day before after eating salmon, and even though he was advised to stay home and take care of himself by his fiancée, Melissa Huntington, he wanted to go out for interviews about his book.

“I have interviews all afternoon, including at the radio station, and I have interviews all day Monday and Tuesday,” he said.

The media blitz is whirring around Randazzo because of his book’s subject matter.

Ring of Hell is based on pro wrestler Chris Benoit and the shocking murder of his wife, Nancy, and 7-year-old son, Daniel, and Benoit’s suicide two days after he killed his wife.

The book’s release is coming out near the first anniversary of the slayings, June 25, 2007.

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