Legends of Pro Wrestling

The late 1930s saw the rise of Lou Thesz to prominence and his legitimate wrestling aptitude was a throwback to the legends of yore. Thesz had all the qualities to dominate the heavyweight division and outside a few years of service ...


Author: Tim Hornbaker

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781613218754

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 568

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Legends of Pro Wrestling offers the first comprehensive look at the entire world of wrestling. With detailed biographies and never-before-seen statistics of some of the greatest athletes in the sport, you will be able to read about hundreds of wrestlers, dating back to the mid-1800s. As the first of its kind, this centralized reference book offers wrestling enthusiasts a range of information at their fingertips and stands alone as the ultimate wrestling resource. This book offers readers a link between what happened a century ago to what is currently happening today. An older fan of Bruno Sammartino or “The Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers can enjoy this book as much as someone who follows John Cena or The Undertaker today. This collection is a never-ending source of facts, figures, and other entertaining data. Professional wrestling is a world of accomplishment, legacy, and, most importantly, fate. Through injuries, sickness, and family tribulations, many wrestlers have given everything they have to give in the ring, and true fans of the sport love every single second of it. No matter your age, if you’re a fan of professional wrestling, Legends of Pro Wrestling is the book for you to own and cherish. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, is proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sports—books about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, or soccer, we have a book about your sport or your team. In addition to books on popular team sports, we also publish books for a wide variety of athletes and sports enthusiasts, including books on running, cycling, horseback riding, swimming, tennis, martial arts, golf, camping, hiking, aviation, boating, and so much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

WWE Legends

They are all in here, from Andre the Giant to George “the Animal” Steele, with quick stats and descriptions of their most famous matches. No true wrestling fan should be without this book.


Author: Brian Solomon

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451604505

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 272

View: 950

WWE Legends gives fans an inside look at more than fifty of the greatest wrestlers ever to slip between the ropes and enter the “squared circle.” They were World Heavyweight Champions: Bob Backlund, Superstar Billy Graham, and Bruno Sammartino. They were fan favorites: “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka, Chief Jay Strongbow, and Andre the Giant. They were the villains everyone loved to hate: Killer Kowalski, Ernie Ladd, and the Fabulous Moolah. They were ethnic heroes, someone just like you that you could cheer for: Ivan Putski, Pedro Morales, Peter Maivia. They were the stars that shined the brightest, and left an indelible mark on the memories of countless fans. In a time when professional wrestling was divided into territories, no place created bigger Superstars than World Wrestling Entertainment. From the company's centerpiece in Madison Square Garden, legends were born. WWE Legends is the every fan's guide to the legends of the ring. They are all in here, from Andre the Giant to George “the Animal” Steele, with quick stats and descriptions of their most famous matches. No true wrestling fan should be without this book.

Historical Dictionary of Wrestling

Wrestling Fan's Book. New York: Key, 1952. Hamilton, Ian. Gone Too Soon: Deaths That Changed Wrestling. Bloomington, IN: CreateSpace, 2012. Hornbaker, Tim. Legends of Pro Wrestling. New York: Sports Publishing, 2012.


Author: John Grasso

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810879263

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 444

View: 998

This dictionary covers Wrestling’s history through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 600 cross-referenced entries on important amateur and professional wrestling, wrestling personalities, announcers, wrestling organizations, and managers and promoters from all eras.

The Minds Behind Sports Games

Legends. of. Wrestling. A Semi-Charmed Kind of Life The year 2004 was a weird time for professional wrestling. With the demise of both World Championship Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling a few years prior, the WWF—now the ...


Author: Patrick Hickey, Jr.

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476640105

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 260

View: 470

Featuring interviews with the creators of 35 popular video games--including John Madden Football, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3, WCW/nWo Revenge, and RBI Baseball--this book gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of some of the most influential and iconic (and sometimes forgotten) sports video games of all time. Recounting endless hours of painstaking development, the challenges of working with mega-publishers and the uncertainties of public reception, the interviewees reveal the creative processes that produced some of gaming's classic titles.

Identity in Professional Wrestling

25. tim Hornbaker, Legends of Pro Wrestling: 150 Years of Headlocks, Body Slams, and Piledrivers (New York: Skyhorse Publishing, 2012), 157. 26. Greg Oliver and Steven Johnson, The Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Heels ...


Author: Aaron D. Horton

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476631417

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 317

View: 998

 Part sport, part performance art, professional wrestling’s appeal crosses national, racial and gender boundaries—in large part by playing to national, racial and gender stereotypes that resonate with audiences. Scholars who study competitive sports tend to dismiss wrestling, with its scripted outcomes, as “fake,” yet fail to recognize a key similarity: both present athletic displays for maximized profit through live events, television viewership and merchandise sales. This collection of new essays contributes to the literature on pro wrestling with a broad exploration of identity in the sport. Topics include cultural appropriation in the ring, gender non-comformity, national stereotypes, and wrestling as transmission of cultural values.

Critical Geographies of Sport

Legends of Wrestling (2008). Episode 11, The Territories. ... July 1. Legends of Wrestling (2009b). Episode 21, The Culture of Southern Wrestling. ... Brody: The Triumph and Tragedy of Wrestling's Rebel. Chicago: ECW Press.


Author: Natalie Koch

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317404309

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 304

Sport is a geographic phenomenon. The physical and organizational infrastructure of sport occupies a prominent place in our society. This important book takes an explicitly spatial approach to sport, bringing together research in geography, sport studies and related disciplines to articulate a critical approach to ‘sports geography’. Critical Geographies of Sport illustrates this approach by engaging directly with a variety of theoretical traditions as well as the latest research methods. Each chapter showcases the merits of a geographic approach to the study of sport – ranging from football to running, horseracing and professional wrestling. Including cases from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, the book highlights the ways that space and power are produced through sport and its concomitant infrastructures, agencies and networks. Holding these power relations at the center of its analysis, it considers sport as a unique lens onto our understanding of space. Truly global in its perspective, it is fascinating reading for any student or scholar with an interest in sport and politics, sport and society, or human geography.

Legends of Wrestling


Author: Dave Meltzer

Publisher: Etobicoke, Ont. : Winding Stair Press

ISBN: 1553663888

Category: Wrestlers


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Professional Wrestling and the Commercial Stage

55 A Trademark symbol followed the names of all current wrestlers and members of the Legends Initiative, none of whom are employees of the company, but contractually engaged to provide their images, gestures, and likenesses.


Author: Eero Laine

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351134378

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 148

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Professional Wrestling and the Commercial Stage examines professional wrestling as a century-old, theatrical form that spans from its local places of performance to circulate as a popular, global product. Professional wrestling has all the trappings of sport, but is, at its core, a theatrical event. This book acknowledges that professional wrestling shares many theatrical elements such as plot, character, scenic design, props, and spectacle. By assessing professional wrestling as a neglected but prototypical case study in the global business of theatre, Laine argues that it is an exemplary form of globalizing, commercial theatre. He asks what theatre scholars might learn from pro wrestling and how pro wrestling might contribute to conversations beyond the ring, by considering the laboring bodies of the wrestlers, and analyzing wrestling’s form and content. Of interest to scholars and students of theatre and performance, cultural studies, and sports studies, Professional Wrestling and the Commercial Stage delimits the edges of wrestling’s theatrical frame, critiques established understandings of corporate theatre, and offers key wrestling concepts as models for future study in other fields.

Wrestling at the Chase

The Inside Story of Sam Muchnick and the Legends of Professional Wrestling Larry Matysik. pound the daylights out of Buddy Rogers right on my table one night. Valentine wasn't holding anything back on those wallops!” Joe remembered.


Author: Larry Matysik

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 9781550226843

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 232

View: 577

St. Louis was the capital and Muchnick the ruler of pro wrestling before Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Entertainment took over. Muchnick and St. Louis paved the way for the multi-billion-dollar sports entertainment industry broadcast worldwide from the stadia and showpiece venues of the States. The centre of this magical operation was a TV programme called Wrestling at the Chase', which ran from 1959 to 1983 from the majestic Chase Hotel. Matysik, Muchnick's protege and longtime ringside announcer, recalls with touching fondness the legends of his time.'