Life Is Short and So Am I by Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl with Ross Owen Williams and Ian Douglass, ECW Press

Life Is Short and So Am I: My Life Inside, Outside, and Under the Wrestling Ring

Postl, Dylan “Hornswoggle” with Ross Williams and Ian Douglass

  • Heart, determination, and triumph

    This is the story of a boy who fell in love with wrestling before he was able to walk. Born with achondroplasia, a condition that causes disproportionate dwarfism, Dylan Postl had endured multiple surgeries by the age of 12. And yet, he held on to the dream that he would one day become a professional wrestler. Ignoring the naysayers and against doctors’ recommendations, Postl began training in his teens, and he soon began appearing on local independent shows. Before he turned 20, he was signed by WWE to play the role of Irish grappler Finlay’s feisty sidekick, Hornswoggle, and remained a fixture in the company for a full decade.

    While most of Postl’s adult life has been spent in the wild world of the wrestling industry, his is more than a story of a little person’s journey through a world of giants; it’s a memoir of elation and anguish, triumph and disappointment, and of how an endlessly positive outlook combined with the unwavering support of family and friends helped a long shot become a success in his industry and a loving, responsible father.


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  • Dylan Postl is a promoter and wrestler who spent a decade working for WWE. He currently wrestles for a number of independent promotions worldwide and runs the Wisconsin-based company All-Star Championship Wrestling. He lives in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Ross Owen Williams is a business consultant, actor, and writer whose work includes multi-award-winning feature film Winter Ridge and books The Hardcore Truth: The Bob Holly Story and Self Help: Life Lessons from the Bizarre Wrestling Career of Al Snow. Ross lives in Somerset, England

  • Published: September 2019

    ISBN: 9781770414846

    Dimensions: 6 x 9 in.

    Pages: 304


“This is a definite thumbs up for anyone interested in a balanced and fair behind-the-scenes account of WWE over the past decade.” — Pro Wrestling Books blog

“I found myself just as captivated by Postl's complicated relationship with his father and mother . . . Then of course, there's the wrestling . . . It's fascinating to read.” — PW Torch

“This book is not just for wrestling fans; it is an inspiring tale of a fan who worked hard to get his dream, along with a behind the scenes of a family man, who did not see himself as different among society's norms. This is a tale that anyone who feels left out, or feels whatever holds them back, can be inspired by.” — Lance Writes blog