The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame Book

The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame


  • Author : Greg Oliver
  • Publisher : ECW Press
  • Release Date : 2019-08-06
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781773054216

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The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame Excerpt :

The legendary storytellers worthy of a spot in the pro wrestling hall of fame You can’t escape pro wrestling today, even if you want to. Its stars are ubiquitous in movies, TV shows, product endorsements, swag, and social media to the point that they are as much celebrities as they are athletes. Pro wrestling has morphed from the fringes of acceptability to a global $1 billion industry that plays an everyday role in 21st-century pop culture. In this latest addition to the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame series, Greg Oliver and Steven Johnson explain how the sport’s unique take on storytelling has fueled its remarkable expansion. Hundreds of interviews and original accounts inform this exploration of the imaginative ways in which wrestlers and promoters have used everything from monkeys to murderers to put butts in seats and eyes on screens. From the New York City Bowery in the 1890s to a North Carolina backyard in 2017, readers will encounter all manner of scoundrels, do-gooders, scribes, and alligators in this highly readable, heavily researched book that inspires a new appreciation for the fine (and sometimes not-so-fine) art of storytelling.

The Heels Book

The Heels


  • Author : Greg Oliver
  • Publisher : Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 1550227599

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The Heels Excerpt :

Most comprehensive ever look at the colourful villains, heels, bad guys and rule breakers who give pro wrestling so much of its character. With their signature mix of original research, interviews and anecdotes, Oliver and Johnson describe the rise and development of the modern bad guy, from riots in small-town arenas in the 1920s to the megaselling pay-per-views of the 21st century. From Gorgeous George and before to Ric Flair and the modern supervillains, they're all here - and they're sure to spark lively debate for fans and newbies alike!

The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame Book
Score: 1
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The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame


  • Author : Greg Oliver
  • Publisher : ECW Press
  • Release Date : 2010-11-16
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 300
  • ISBN 10 : 9781554902842

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The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame Excerpt :

From the critically acclaimed authors of The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Tag Teams comes the most comprehensive look ever at the colourful villains, heels, bad guys and rule breakers who give professional wrestling so much of its character. In The Pro.

The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame  Heroes and Icons Book

The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame Heroes and Icons


  • Author : Steven Johnson
  • Publisher : ECW Press
  • Release Date : 2013-01-11
  • Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • Pages : 550
  • ISBN 10 : 9781770902695

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The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame Heroes and Icons Excerpt :

Theagood guys of professional wrestling take the spotlight in this comprehensive examination ofathe memorable characters who inspired fans, aproviding insight into what makes a great hero. Compiled using firsthand interviews with hundreds of wrestlers, managers, promoters, and historians, these entertaining profiles document wrestlingOCOs golden boys from the 1930s to today. It discusses the roles of wrestling superstars that include Hulk Hogan, Dusty Rhodes, and The Rock as well as lesser-known figures, including Tiger Jeet Singh and Whitey Caldwell. With more than 100 action-packed photos, this engaging and informative book invites both devoted fans and newcomers to the sport to appreciate the rich history of these esteemed performers."

Shooters Book

Shooters


  • Author : Jonathan Snowden
  • Publisher : ECW Press
  • Release Date : 2012-08-09
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 340
  • ISBN 10 : 9781770902213

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Shooters Excerpt :

From William Muldoon to Brock Lesnar, this history covers those who have divided themselves as tough guys on the professional wrestling circuit and legitimate confrontations. From catch wrestling master Billy Robinson to the Japanese professional wrestler who gave birth to the global phenomenon that is modern mixed martial arts (MMA), this investigation travels from the shadowy carnival tent and the dingy training hall to the bright lights of the squared circle and the Las Vegas glitz of the octagon. Billy Riley's legendary Wigan Snake Pit and the rigorous UWF Dojo in Tokyo are explored, revealing the secret history of both professional wrestling and the rising sport of MMA. Squared circle icons Strangler Lewis and Lou Thesz and Olympic heroes Danny Hodge and Kurt Angle are also featured.

Mat Memories Book

Mat Memories


  • Author : John “Alexander” Arezzi
  • Publisher : ECW Press
  • Release Date : 2021-04-06
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 9781773056937

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Mat Memories Excerpt :

A man with three different names ties together the stars of professional wrestling, country music, and the New York Mets. John Arezzi was a lifelong Mets fan who dreamed of a job in baseball. In 1981, he took a job with the Mets Class A team in North Carolina. But Arezzi had another love: professional wrestling. He ran a fan club for the villainous “Classy” Freddie Blassie as a teenager, then progressed to wrestling photographer, and finally even stepped into the ring himself as John Anthony. Eventually he escaped to pursue a new life in altogether different world: country music. After adopting a new name, John Alexander, his many accomplishments include discovering both Patty Loveless and (decades later) Kelsea Ballerini. But wrestling is tough to shake … In the 1990s, Arezzi hosted the pioneering radio talk show Pro Wrestling Spotlight. He also ran the first major conventions, assembling a wrestling who’s who to meet with fans. He promoted shows, both at home and abroad, and was a key figure behind importing lucha libre into America. Mat Memories is Arezzi’s chance to hold the mic, and he holds nothing back — he names names and tells the untold behind-the-scenes stories: from the ring, the stage, and the diamond.

Pioneers of Professional Wrestling Book

Pioneers of Professional Wrestling


  • Author : Tim Corvin
  • Publisher : ArchwayPublishing
  • Release Date : 2014-01-20
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 124
  • ISBN 10 : 9781480804593

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Pioneers of Professional Wrestling Excerpt :

This historic collection explores the origins of mixed martial arts and professional wrestling in the United States and features profiles of more than 30 mat stars of the era, wrestling in art, over 100 antique photos and more. There is perhaps no sport more primitive or more widely dispersed than wrestling. In its early days, many of the pros were Civil War soldiers who wrestled in camps, while others were lumberjacks, miners, and railroad men. In Pioneers of Professional Wrestling, author Tim Corvin takes a look at how mixed martial arts and today’s professional wresting began. He provides insight into this competitive, hand-to-hand combat sport from 1860 through 1899 by delving into the sport’s history; discussing the evolution of professional wrestling; describing the various wresting styles; and offering biographies of the sports’ pioneers. A reference guide on the origins of mixed martial arts and professional wrestling, This book contains detailed listings of all available match results, newspaper clippings, tobacco cards, lithographs, and many fun facts, such as: Abraham Lincoln was one of the American frontier’s fiercest grapplers William Muldoon and Clarence Whistler wrestled to a 7+ hour draw Farmer Burns had such a strong neck that he could drop six feet on a hangman’s noose to no effect, then whistle “Yankee Doodle” while hanging Evan “Strangler” Lewis was the dirtiest wrestler in the game and often maimed his opponents “The Terrible Turk” was so violent he caused riots

Benoit Book
Score: 4
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Benoit


  • Author : Steven Johnson
  • Publisher : ECW Press
  • Release Date : 2010-12-15
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 180
  • ISBN 10 : 9781554903153

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Benoit Excerpt :

Four noted wrestling writers discuss the life and death of Chris Benoit, a Canadian professional wrestler who became one of the most popular athletes in professional wrestling before committing a double-murder suicide in 2007.

Accepted Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Accepted


  • Author : Patterson, Pat
  • Publisher : ECW Press
  • Release Date : 2016-08-01
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781770908642

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Accepted Excerpt :

“Pat is one of the greatest mentors I’ve ever had in the world of sports-entertainment.” — Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson When Pat Patterson was 17 years old, he was asked to leave his home after telling his parents he was in love . . . with a man. Moving from Montreal to the United States in the 1960s, barely knowing a word of English, he was determined to succeed in the squared circle. Back when homophobia was widespread, Pat lived in the super-macho world of pro wrestling. In this fascinating and revealing memoir of revolutionary talent, pioneer, and creative savant Patterson recalls the trials and tribulations of climbing to the upper ranks of sports-entertainment „ as a performer and, later, as a backstage creative force. Many in the WWE Universe know Pat Patterson as a ring legend, the prestigious first holder of WWEÍs Intercontinental Championship, a WWE Hall of Famer, and one of Vince McMahonÍs ñstoogesî during the Attitude Era. But Patterson is no stooge. He has long been one of Vince McMahonÍs trusted advisors. His impact and importance to the nascent stages of WWE are nearly comparable to that of the Chairman himself. Still active in WWE today, Pat delivers his no-holds-barred story of going from unknown to WWE luminary.

Inside Out Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Inside Out


  • Author : Ole Anderson
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2003
  • Genre: Sports
  • Pages : 391
  • ISBN 10 : 0974554502

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The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame Book

The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame


  • Author : Greg Oliver
  • Publisher : Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • Release Date : 2003
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : 1550225316

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The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame Excerpt :

By population, no other country on Earth has sent as many top performers to the upper echelon of the squared circle as Canada. But to this day the origins of these superstars have been hidden or played down by promoters. Now, for the first time in print, respected wrestling author Greg Oliver blows the lid of the secrets of such stars as Rowdy Roddy Piper, Mad Dog Vachon, Abdullah the Butcher, Val Venis and more, plus the famous fighting families like the Harts, Cormiers and Rougeaus. Full of photos, stories and facts, this book is a must for any wrestling fan!

Diary of a Heartbreak Kid Book
Score: 3
From 2 Ratings

Diary of a Heartbreak Kid


  • Author : Craig Tello
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2011-12-27
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 70
  • ISBN 10 : 9781451668889

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Diary of a Heartbreak Kid Excerpt :

It’s the week of WrestleMania, an event that’s flourished in parallel with Shawn Michaels’s decorated career, an annual spectacular that The Heartbreak Kid seized time after time as his personal stage of excellence. Such a grand setting could not be more appropriate for WWE’s one and only Showstopper to add “Mr. Hall of Fame” to his myriad monikers. From his debut in 1984 to his final WWE match in 2010, the world has seen Michaels allure audiences and perform like no other entertainer in history. But that’s inside the ring. What if you could walk beside the incomparable Heartbreak Kid outside the squared circle, beyond the curtain, and spend four days with the man living a boyhood dream? Diary of a Heartbreak Kid shadows Shawn Michaels for an immensely poignant occasion of reflection, introspection, and celebration as The Heartbreak Kid is inducted into the esteemed WWE Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 2, 2011. In a moment-to-moment narrative, Diary captures the raw emotions and unfiltered candor of The Heartbreak Kid as he’s reunited with family, friends, and a veritable who’s who of squared circle lore—Triple H, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Ric Flair, The Rock, Vince McMahon—all of whom have crossed and shaped Michaels’s path to the Hall of Fame. With his beautiful wife, two jubilant children, time tested faith, and nearly three decades of four-cornered memories, the retired Michaels steps back into the warmth of the limelight during the weekend of WWE’s grandest extravaganza to experience the greatest honor in sports-entertainment. And with Diary of a Heartbreak Kid, you’re riding shotgun.

Adam Copeland On Edge Book
Score: 4.5
From 8 Ratings

Adam Copeland On Edge


  • Author : Adam Copeland
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2010-05-11
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 1439121761

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Adam Copeland On Edge Excerpt :

Adam Copeland on Edge is more than an autobiography. It's what the author himself describes as "a mental picture" that he has long wanted to paint for the reader. It's also a dream—"one of many"—that he decided to realize while at home convalescing from potential career-ending neck surgery. And it's a journey that explores not only his life but also his innermost thoughts. Despite growing up with "a lot less materially than other people" in the small town of Orangeville, Ontario, Copeland recalls his formative years fondly. He remembers a loving mother who, while working multiple jobs just to pay the rent, nurtured her son's passion for Spider-Man comics and KISS albums. He also recalls the family tragedy that created a void in his life at nine years of age, and how that void was soon filled by the yellow-and-red-clad form of wrestling legend Hulk Hogan, whose intensity and personality "made me feel like I could accomplish anything." With vivid detail and sincerity, Copeland offers his thoughts about not only fulfilling his goals but also building upon them. While revisiting his greatest matches, he shares his actual surprise over winning the Intercontinental title for the first time; the anxiety he felt while splitting up with Christian and establishing a solo career; his eventual determination "to grab the damn ball out of someone's hands and take off" on SmackDown!; the distress of almost losing his long blond hair to Kurt Angle; his wonder over enjoying a brief Tag Team title reign with the icon who first inspired him; the simultaneous pain of a broken marriage and two ruptured discs in his neck; and the nervous energy of returning to Raw in March 2004 and setting his sights on the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

Hacksaw Book

Hacksaw


  • Author : Jim Duggan
  • Publisher : Triumph Books
  • Release Date : 2012-04-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781617496387

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Hacksaw Excerpt :

Offering professional wrestling fans a ringside seat into his adventurous life, WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Jim Duggan recounts for the first time key moments and legendary bouts both inside and outside the ring. Known to millions of enthusiasts as a charismatic patriot with an American flag in his right hand and his signature two-by-four in his left Duggan here reflects on his early life as a student-athlete on the Southern Methodist University football squad. Drafted by the Atlanta Falcons, Duggan shares how an injury-plagued rookie season curtailed his football ambitions and paved the way for a brighter career in professional wrestling. Rising to fame in the Cold War era 1980s, Duggan immediately put himself at odds with anti-American heels and engaged in legendary feuds with some of the most legendary names in the sport, including the Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, and Andre the Giant. In this who s who of top-tier wrestling, Duggan reveals not only the high points of championship bouts but also the low points that occurred far away from the TV cameras and screaming fans, including his fight against kidney cancer during the prime of his career. With each page peppered with Duggan s charming wit, fans will find much to enjoy and discover about the man they once knew only as Hacksaw. "