Pro Wrestling FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the World's Most Entertaining Spectacle

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Hal Leonard Corporation, Apr 1, 2015 - Sports & Recreation - 408 pages
(FAQ Pop Culture). Sport? Entertainment? Art form? Perhaps a bit of all three, with a certain intangible extra something thrown in for good measure, making professional wrestling a truly unique entity unto itself. From its origins in carnivals and sideshow attractions of the 19th century, right up to the multimillion-dollar, multimedia industry of the present day, and all the bizarre, wild, and woolly points in between, Pro Wrestling FAQ delves into the entire history and broad scope of one of popular culture's most enduring yet ever-changing spectacles. With chapters devoted to the many fascinating eras in the history of the business, as well as capsule biographies of some its most memorable and important figures, this book will serve as the ultimate one-volume reference guide for both long-time wrestling nuts and initiates to the grappling phenomenon. Revisit the legendary 1911 "Match of the Century" pitting World Champion Frank Gotch against archrival George Hackenschmidt, "the Russian Lion"; experience wrestling's TV golden age in the 1950s, a time of such colorful personages as Gorgeous George and Antonino Rocca; relive the glory days of Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant, when WWF impresario Vince McMahon took the business mainstream; and get the lowdown on recent favorites, such as John Cena, CM Punk, and others who have taken the business boldly into the 21st century.

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Wrestlings Carny Origins
How the Gold Dust Trio
The Golden Age of Television
The Glory Days of the Territorial
The 80s Explosion
How Wrestling Got Attitude
Wrestling as Performance
The Queens of the Ring
Wrestlings Most Bizarre
Wrestlings Dynamic Duos
The Vital Role of
ECW and the Rise of Hardcore
DoubleCross The Monday Night War and Other
Wrestlings Most
TwentyFive Matches That Have

WWE Wrestlings Most
A Proud Mexican Tradition

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Brian Solomon was editor of Pacific Railnews for several years, before becoming a freelance writer and photographer. His work has appeared in numerous railway publications and he has authored more than 44 books. He has travelled to ride and photograph railways in more than 30 nations around the world. For this book he has brought together a team of expert contributors, all with first-hand experience of the journeys.

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