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Washta native pens pro wrestling book

Thursday, January 31, 2008

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Ben Puttmann, aka Christian Moore
Being Moore: My Life in Professional Wrestling by Ben Puttmann of Urbandale, formerly of Washta, has just been released by book publisher, Publish America.

The publisher has released the following information on this book:

Known to most as only entertainment, there is much more to the underground world of professional wrestling than what television shows you. Tragedy, triumph and injury are just a few of the terms that have not only lined the careers of most professional wrestlers throughout time, but also that of a small-town Iowa kid - Ben Puttmann.

Known to his fans and critics as Christian Moore, Puttmann gives you his interpretation of what life is like as a dreamer - turned professional wrestler. Spending most of his life as a fan himself, at age 19 he pursued his goal to step into the ring and experience life from inside the ropes. From the training and travel to the headlocks and body slams, he takes the reader behind the lights to show what life is like on the other side of the curtain. His new book, "Being Moore," is his account of what it's really like "being Moore."

The book has a very strong local tie-in, as the author, Ben Puttmann, 25, is one of the three sons of Jill and Chuck Baumann of Washta. Ben's older brother is Andy Puttmann, 29, and his younger brother is Tucker Baumann, 20.

Ben Puttmann graduated from River Valley High School in 2001, then attended Buena Vista University, graduating with a degree in Mass Communications and Graphic Design in 2005.

While a student at BVU, Puttmann worked as an intern for a time at The Chronicle Times, and also began his career in professional wrestling the summer after his freshman year, training and wrestling in Omaha.

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Professional wrestler Christian Moore, aka Washta native Ben Puttman, is shown putting an opponent in a headlock. Photos contributed
In the summer of 2003, Puttmann lived in Minneapolis and continued his training as a wrestler there. After that summer, he began to travel more on the "independent" wrestling circuit (as "Christian Moore"). Being an independent, Puttmann/Moore was not under contract to anyone, so he could wrestle for any organization he chose.

While still attending BVU and working a part-time job there, Puttmann traveled the Midwest, wrestling in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Kansas, even going as far west as Colorado and Utah a few times.

"I took professional wrestling very seriously," he said, "and it was never just a hobby for me. I planned one day to be under contract and have wrestling be my sole career choice."

Puttmann said, "You'll have to read the book to find out where that drive came from, and what it turned into."

Speaking of the book, Puttmann said he began writing journals in 2003, and over the years the journals turned into a manuscript, which was completed in the summer of 2007.

"Because of my unique story and professional wrestling's popularity in general last summer with the Chris Benoit tragedy," said Puttmann, "my manuscript was picked up immediately, and is now a completed autobiography."

Benoit, a popular professional wrestler, murdered his wife and son, and then took his own life, a tragedy blamed on steroid usage by Benoit. The effects of steroids have been linked to many professional wrestlers' early deaths.

Puttmann added that the publishing of his book "is a huge accomplishment for me," but adds, "I don't want to say I'm more proud of it than the time I spent in the ring, because without that time in the ring there would be no book."

While at BVU, Ben met a fellow student from Charter Oak named Jen Dorale, and the couple were married in Washta in 2006. Ben and Jen live in Des Moines, where Ben works full-time at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage as a Graphic Designer, and Jen is a Communications Strategist at Principal Financial Group.

Ben has also recently become affiliated with a wrestling organization in Des Moines that he formerly wrestled for - 3XW. He said he was "worried that I was just going to be another forgotten wrestler," but was very pleased when he was "welcomed with open arms" by the 3XW fans when he made his return to the ring in a January 18th match.

He promised the fans after the match that he would be back for their next show, on Feb. 15, and would be signing copies of his book then. Ben is planning on this return to wrestling being very short-term.

"Being Moore" was "unofficially" released in mid-January, and will be available for sale at the time of its official release in March.



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