Dr. D in Action… As a Bounty Hunter

He was the best in the ring. He was the best on the streets. Dr. D was so well-respected in Japan, a film crew from Fuji TV traveled to Connecticut to see him in action. This is one of the best clips from that documentary.

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The word is out: Dr. D has finally told his story, and the book will be released in February.

“Don’t Call Me Fake: The Real Story of ‘Dr. D’ David Schultz” is 472 pages long and will sell for $25 on Amazon.com, but you can now pre-order a copy signed by Dr. D for only $35 plus shipping.

Dr. D does not do many appearances, and he does not plan on doing very many in the coming year. This is a very rare opportunity!

Please email John Cosper for payment instructions via PayPal.  Books will be shipped by mid-February.

Dr. D, Christmas, and Rasslin’ Memories

It’s always a pleasure to talk with Glen Braget on his wrestling podcast, Rasslin’ Memories, and this week, I made my third appearance. This time around, we talked about Dr. D David Schultz, whose autobiography should be ready to rock in January. We also hit on Mad Man Pondo, “The Black Panther” Jim Mitchell, Louisville wrestling, and Season’s Beatings, my new Christmas wrestling book.

Glen has a real passion for preserving the history of professional wrestling. His show features some great guests and incredible stories that ever fan needs to hear, no matter what era of wrestling they prefer.

You can download this week’s episode of Rasslin’ Memories on Soundcloud when you click here!

What I Learned from Dr. D

It’s been about a year since Dr. D and I met face to face and agreed to write his book together. The text is nearly complete, the cover is done, and we are hoping the foreword will be turned in soon. Not going to spill the beans who wrote the foreword, but it’s a Hall of Fame star who credits the Doctor with helping him out as a young, rising star.

Dr. D asked me today what I have learned from this process of writing his book. I thought it might be worth reposting here what I shared with him today.

I’ve learned a lot this past year. Writing this book has changed how I look at the wrestling business. It’s taught me a lot about the justice system and how it works.
As far as Dr. D David Schultz… I’ve come to see a man who always worked harder than everyone else around him. He is demanding of himself and those around him, but he is the best and most loyal friend to those who are the same to him.
The biggest impression I take away from the book is the loyalty of the people he trained and worked with. From the men he trained to become wrestlers, to the men he traveled with, to the men and women of the bail bonds person community, every one of them was eager to sing his praises and say how much they admired the man.
Fans might be surprised to learn that Dr. D, bounty hunter, could be a completely different person than the one they used to watch on TV. Yes, he could kick in doors and drag a man to the ground when needed, but he could also be compassionate, caring, and understanding. Dr. D had a way of knowing when to be tough and when to be tender. He took the fear out of facing the music for men and women caught in a bad spot. He let them know someone was on their side.
Personally, Dr. D has been been extremely good to me and my family. I appreciate the trust he placed in me to tell his story and to look through the boxes of history he sent my way to assist in the writing. I’ve had my hands on everything from legal depositions to Stampede Wrestling programs to Hulk Hogan’s wedding invitation. That was a huge trust, and quite a thrill.
I really appreciated the kindness Dr. D showed to my kids. They are big Dr. D fans. Sam and Lydia have both told their friends they know someone who beat up Hulk Hogan!
Dr. D and his wife, who read every page of the book as well, pushed me to become better writer this year. They challenged me to go above ant beyond what I have done in the past. I hope I have done his story the service it deserves and written a book his friends, his fans, and those who have never met him will greatly enjoy.
More than that, I hope I can have the same impact on others that Dr. D had on the men and women who remain loyal to him to this day. I hope I can be the kind of person who is honest, who has compassion for those in need of help, and who brings out the best in others. Those are the qualities I admire most about Dr. D.

The Jim Cornette Experience

If you’re a fan of wrestling history, be sure to catch today’s episode of the Jim Cornette Experience. I’m on the show today talking about a few of my favorite things: The Allen Athletic Club, Elvira Snodgrass, and The Black Panther Jim Mitchell.

If you’ve already listened to today’s show, you can follow the links below to read more about the books and stories I’ve been working on.

The Black Panther Jim Mitchell

Elvira Snodgrass Part 1 and Part 2

Bluegrass Brawlers: The Story of Professional Wrestling in Louisville

Louisville’s Greatest Show: The Story of the Allen Athletic Club

Herb Welch’s How to Become a Champion

“Dr. D” David Schultz (autobiography coming soon!)

Don’t Call Him Fake!

“Dr. D” David Schultz is a folk hero to professional wrestlers. He is the man who slapped John Stossel on 20/20 for suggesting professional wrestling is fake. At a time when the walls of kayfabe were beginning to leak, he was the man with the nerve to do what had to be done. He was as real as it gets.

Most fans don’t remember that was a top star before his all-too-brief WWE run. He was the top heel in the AWA for a year, waging bloody battles against Hulk Hogan for Vern Gagne. Before that he was a tag team champion and singles champion in Florida and Memphis. He was a top level star in Japan. He is remembered fondly in Alberta, Canada, where he feuded with a very young, pre-Hitman Bret Hart in Stampede Wrestling.

When his WWE days were over, he continued to wreak havoc in the ring, taking on the most dangerous men in the business. He proved his toughness in violent clashes against Ric Flair, Abdullah the Butcher, the Iron Shiek, Johnny Rodz, and Bruiser Brody.

Still, wrestling isn’t even half the story. Dr. D’s proudest accomplishment is becoming one of the most successful bounty hunters in America’s history. For more than two decades, the biggest heel in the wrestling business worked babyface, chasing down crooks, con-men, kidnappers, child molesters, drug dealers, and murderers. From the mean streets of Los Angeles, to the dark alleys of Puerto Rico, to the worst neighborhoods in New York, to the ancient city of Cairo, Dr. D was the guy who always got his man – or woman.

Don’t Call Me Fake: The Real Story of “Dr. D” David Schultz will not be a tell-all or an expose. It’s the autobiography of a man who has lived an extraordinary life. You’ll get the story of his wrestling career, from his early education with the legendary Herb Welch through his final days in the ring, but you’ll also get the incredible story of a man who would stop at nothing to bring a crook to justice.

You can call Dr. D many things, but after you read this story, the last thing you’ll call him is fake. This is the real story of Dr. D, and it’s coming very soon.

Dr. D Breaks Up Mean Gene

If you heard the Steve Austin Unleashed Podcast last week, you heard Austin and Kenny Bolin discussing a promo where “Dr. D” David Schultz got Mean Gene to break up and laugh on camera. Here’s the video clip if you’d like to have a look:

Dr. D has been written out of a lot of wrestling history over the last 20 years, despite his runs in Stampede, Memphis, Florida, Japan, and the AWA as well as WWF. We’re going to set the record straight. Dr. D’s autobiography, “Don’t Call me Fake,” is on track for release this coming winter.