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Old Time Professional Rasslin’

Posted by C Douglas Baker On August - 10 - 2010
Wrestling at the Chase: The Inside Story of Sam Muchnick and the Legends of the Sport by Larry MatysikECW Press, 2005 Wrestling at the Chase is a nice little memoir of old time professional wrestling the way it was supposed to be...back in the days with tough, realistic matches, and big, mean, but realistic looking, fighters. Back in the day there were strong storylines that did not often cross over into the phony or unbelievable. Back in the day, St. Louis, under promoter Sam Muchnick, was one of the many loci of professional wrestling. ...

Fascinating Biography Of Bruiser Brody, Wrestling Legend

Posted by C Douglas Baker On August - 8 - 2010
Brody: The Triumph and Tragedy of Wrestling's Rebel by Larry Matysik and Barbara GoodishECW Press, 2007ISBN 13: 978-1-55022-760-4 When I was a kid growing up watching professional wrestling, Bruiser Brody was one of the scariest wrestlers...and one I enjoyed watching the most. His matches were often extreme and bloody. This biography, written by Larry Matysik whose professional career revolved around wrestling as an announcer, booker, and failed promoter, and Bruiser Brody's wife, Barbara Goodish, brings the real Bruiser Brody to life. Bruiser Brody, whose real name was Frank Goodish, was old school. ...

Bret “The Hitman” Hart and The Montreal Screwjob

Posted by C Douglas Baker On August - 6 - 2010
Hitman Hart: Wrestling with ShadowsDocumentary Film by Paul JayJ FILMS INCDecember 2009 This documentary details a short period in the career of professional wrestler Bret Hart. It just so happens that it was filmed during the infamous Montreal Screwjob. At the time of this documentary in 1997 Bret Hart was the World Wrestling Federation champion. He had somewhat of a falling out with Vince McMahon and decided to leave for a rival promotion. His contract stipulated he had creative control over his character if he decided to leave for the last ...

Bret Hart’s Account Of His Life in Professional Wrestling

Posted by C Douglas Baker On August - 1 - 2010
  Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling by Bret Hart Grand Central Publishing, 2008 ISBN: 978-0-466-54607-2 Bret Hart’s account of his career in professional wrestling is not only an outstanding autobiography of an icon in the sport, but also of the history of pro wrestling period. Bret Hart grew up in a wrestling family.  His father, Stu Hart, was a pioneer in the sport, promoting wrestling matches in Canada through the late 1940’s through most of the rest of his life.  Up to the 1990s, wrestling was largely controlled by regional promoters who respected each ...

Review: Hulk Hogan Tells His Story

Posted by C Douglas Baker On July - 2 - 2010
My Life Outside the Ring by Hulk Hogan with Mark Dagostino St. Martin's Press 2009 ISBN 13: 978-0-312-58889-2 When I was growing up, Hulk Hogan was professional wrestling. As a youngster, I was hooked on the soap opera like storylines, the larger than life characters, Hulk Hogan. In this autobiography, Terry Bollea, aka Hulk Hogan, lays it all on the line in an honest, sometimes searing account of his life, including the more recent tragedies that have befallen him and his family. The Hulkster talks about his life growing ...