Sisterhood of the Squared Circle

The History and Rise of Women’s Wrestling

Author: Pat Laprade,Dan Murphy

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 1773050141

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 384

View: 880

Documenting the rise of women’s wrestling from sideshow to WWE main event Sisterhood of the Squared Circle presents the fascinating history of women’s wrestling, from the carnival circuit of the late 1800s to today’s hugely popular matches. With more than 100 wrestler profiles, find out how backstage politics, real-life grudges, and incredible personalities shaped the business. The careers of many well-known trailblazers, including Mildred Burke, the Fabulous Moolah, Mae Young, Penny Banner, Wendi Richter, Trish Stratus, Chyna, and Lita, are celebrated alongside today’s stars, like Charlotte, Sasha Banks, and Bayley. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Times; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} With rare photographs and an exploration of women’s wrestling worldwide — including chapters on Japan, Mexico, England, and Australia — Sisterhood of the Squared Circle is a priceless contribution to the history of professional wrestling. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Times; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none}
Posted in Sports & Recreation

Sisterhood of the Squared Circle

The History and Rise of Women's Wrestling

Author: Pat Laprade,Dan Murphy

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781770413078

Category: SOCIAL SCIENCE

Page: 384

View: 8455

Documenting the rise of women's wrestling from sideshow to WWE main event Sisterhood of the Squared Circle presents the fascinating history of women's wrestling, from the carnival circuit of the late 1800s to today's hugely popular matches. With more than 100 wrestler profiles, find out how backstage politics, real-life grudges, and incredible personalities shaped the business. The careers of many well-known trailblazers, including Mildred Burke, the Fabulous Moolah, Mae Young, Penny Banner, Wendi Richter, Trish Stratus, Chyna, and Lita, are celebrated alongside today's stars, like Charlotte, Sasha Banks, and Bayley. With rare photographs and an exploration of women's wrestling worldwide -- including chapters on Japan, Mexico, England, and Australia -- Sisterhood of the Squared Circle is a priceless contribution to the history of professional wrestling.
Posted in SOCIAL SCIENCE

Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screw Jobs

The Untold Story of How Montreal Shaped the World of Wrestling

Author: Pat Laprade,Bertrand Hebert

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 1770902961

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 460

View: 4190

A fascinating history of one of the hottest wrestling territories of all time Montreal was the proving ground for some of the biggest names in wrestling, including Andre the Giant, Abdullah the Butcher, and the infamous Mad Dog Vachon; it was the site of the first midget battle ever; and made famous worldwide for the infamous Survivor Series screw job that saw Vince McMahon, the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels, and Bret Hart create the "attitude" that reshaped the business. Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screw Jobs is the ultimate guide to Montreal's legendary place in professional wrestling history. Get the lowdown on all the major wrestlers who made their name in the territory, from Yvon Robert, the Rougeaus, and Gino Brito to edouard Carpentier. With a detailed account of the promotional war between the Rougeaus' AllStar Wrestling and the Vachons' Grand Prix, a complete history of how wrestling developed on Montreal TV, and an investigation of the murder of Dino Bravo, this book demonstrates how much of what has happened in wrestling, just may have happened first in Montreal.
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Pain and Passion

The History of Stampede Wrestling, Revised Edition

Author: Heath McCoy

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 1554902991

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 336

View: 5783

Established in the 1940s by the legendary Stu Hart, Stampede Wrestling was a founding wrestling company that was highly influential. This dramatic account follows Stampedes blood-on-the-mat saga of more than 50 years, from its grassroots beginnings in Calgary to its rise and bitter fall. Despite hosting some of the biggest names in the sport and developing many modern day wrestling staples, such as ladder matches, the emergence in the 1980s of the wildly popular WWE ultimately doomed the Stampede league to closure. The Hart family crumbled along with the league, with son Owen dying in the ring and other members torn apart by begrudging feuds and internal strife. Full of violence, sex, and drugs, this is a gripping tale of the birth of professional wrestling.
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The Queen of the Ring

Sex, Muscles, Diamonds, and the Making of an American Legend

Author: Jeff Leen

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 9780802199935

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 8162

The story of Mildred Burke, the longest reigning champion of female wrestling, from the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author of Kings of Cocaine. In this in-depth account, journalist Jeff Leen pulls back the curtain on a forgotten era when a petite midwesterner used her beauty and brawn to dominate America’s most masculine sport. At only five feet two, Mildred Burke was an unlikely candidate for the ring. A waitress barely scraping by on Depression-era tips, she saw her way out when she attended her first wrestling match. When women were still struggling for equality with men, Burke regularly fought—and beat—male wrestlers. Rippling with muscle and dripping with diamonds, she walked the fine line between pin-up beauty and hardened brawler. An unforgettable slice of Americana, The Queen of the Ring captures the golden age of wrestling, when one gritty, glamorous woman rose through the ranks to take her place in athletic history. “Jeff Leen has made a fabulous contribution to the sports-history canon. The Queen of the Ring is a marvelous evocation of an era, and a riveting portrait of a one-of-a-kind American moll.” —Sally Jenkins, author of The Real All-Americans
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WWE Legends

Author: Brian Solomon

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781451604504

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 272

View: 7915

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.
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Are We There Yet?

Tales from the Never-Ending Travels of WWE Superst

Author: Robert Caprio

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439121788

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

View: 1658

True, or mostly true, stories of the road from: John Cena, Mark Henry, Teddy Long, Shannon Moore, Matt Hardy, The Hurricane, Dr. Tom Prichard, Molly Holly, Dave Hebner, Rico, Brooklyn Brawler, Kane, Jim "J.R." Ross, Ivory, Victoria, Goldberg, Tommy Dreamer, Al Snow, Steve Richards, Ric Flair, A-Train, Dean Malenko, Sgt. Slaughter, Chris Jericho, Edge, Chavo Guerrero, Coach, Rey Mysterio, D-Von Dudley, Jackie Gayda, and Big Show.
Posted in Sports & Recreation

The Squared Circle

Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling

Author: David Shoemaker

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1592408818

Category: Social Science

Page: 390

View: 4360

A Deadspin columnist presents a breakthrough examination of professional wrestling and its cultural relevance that traces its evolution throughout the past century while offering insight into the intellect and sense of irony shared by athletes and fans.
Posted in Social Science

Ringside

A History of Professional Wrestling in America

Author: Scott Beekman

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275984014

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 188

View: 5655

Provides the first full-length history of professional wrestling in the United States.
Posted in Business & Economics

She's a Knockout!

A History of Women in Fighting Sports

Author: L.A. Jennings

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442236442

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 222

View: 1679

This book provides a detailed history of women fighters—including wrestlers, MMA competitors, and boxers—and the different issues revolving around the fighters and their sports. She’s a Knockout! tells the stories of these extraordinary women, including boxer Laila Ali, Olympic wrestler Randi Miller, and Mixed Martial Arts phenom Debi Purcell, all of whom found success competing in their historically male sports. Featuring historical and current photographs, promotional posters, and exclusive interviews with professional fighters, this book delivers a detailed look into the struggles and triumphs of female fighters.
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Missy Hyatt

First Lady of Wrestling

Author: Missy Hyatt,Mark Goldblatt,Charles Salzberg

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 1550224980

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 176

View: 7020

Missy tells all ... and there is a lot to tell. First came Missy. Then came Sable, Sunny, Chyna, and the rest. Missy Hyatt was professional wrestling's first character -- the original sexy "socialite" sidekick whose trademark Gucci purse and tough-girl attitude made her the most loved -- and most hated -- woman in wrestling. Now, fifteen years after she first shimmied up to the ring, Missy Hyatt takes fans inside the world of wrestling. From her high school days as a hard-core fan, cheering from her living room, to the cover of Wrestler magazine, Missy has done it all. In this no-holds-barred memoir, Missy discloses the behind-the-scenes secrets of table-throwing, chair-smashing, hair-pulling, and the technique of "juicing" -- how wrestlers make themselves bleed on cue. Find out about her intimate relationships with Jake the Snake, Wonder Years' Jason Hervey, Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert, and many many more. Missy has worked with wrestling's biggest stars, from Hulk to Jesse, from Vince to the Rock, and she tells everything.
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Amazons of Yesteryear

Wrestling Women of the 1940s and '50s

Author: Yahya El-Droubie

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781999744113

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 34

View: 5497

Satisfy your passions for female combat and nostalgia with this collection of rarely seen photos of bare-breasted wrestling women from the 1940s and '50s. Blood, sweat, tears, and plenty of writhing. Punch, bam, body-slam, she hits the mat, as she gets put on her back!
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Performance and Professional Wrestling

Author: Broderick Chow,Eero Laine,Claire Warden

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317385063

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 236

View: 6571

Performance and Professional Wrestling is the first edited volume to consider professional wrestling explicitly from the vantage point of theatre and performance studies. Moving beyond simply noting its performative qualities or reading it via other performance genres, this collection of essays offers a complete critical reassessment of the popular sport. Topics such as the suspension of disbelief, simulation, silence and speech, physical culture, and the performance of pain within the squared circle are explored in relation to professional wrestling, with work by both scholars and practitioners grouped into seven short sections: Audience Circulation Lucha Gender Queerness Bodies Race A significant re-reading of wrestling as a performing art, Performance and Professional Wrestling makes essential reading for scholars and students intrigued by this uniquely theatrical sport.
Posted in Performing Arts

Gentleman Ed Francis Presents 50th State Big Time Wrestling!

Author: Edmund C. Francis,Larry Fleece

Publisher: Watermark Publishing

ISBN: 9781935690245

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 162

View: 7302

Gentleman Ed Francis' 50th State Big Time Wrestling, a wild and wacky extravaganza, took Hawaii by storm and dominated local sports entertainment throughout the 1960s and '70s. Young Edmund Francis learned the ropes of wrestling in Depression-era Chicago, touring with the local weightlifting club in gyms and German taverns. In Hawaii, Gentleman Ed found a new calling, as a promoter offering a unique brand of sport and showmanship tailored exclusively to Island fans. Now, Francis reveals the behind-the-scenes stories of building his Aloha State wrestling empire in his book, Gentleman Ed Francis Presents 50th State Big Time Wrestling!
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NXT

The Future Is Now

Author: Jon Robinson

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 1770909788

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

View: 7680

The first comprehensive book on WWE’s hottest brand NXT: The Future Is Now follows the rise of WWE’s popular NXT brand from its conception to the brink of taking over WWE with its own rabid following. For decades, sports-entertainment had no centralized system for recruiting and training talent. Recognizing this need, Paul Levesque — better known as 14-time World Champion Triple H — convinced Vince McMahon that WWE must reinvent itself. This book delivers the revealing story of Levesque’s vision and the revolutionary impact it has already had on the WWE landscape, cultivating such world-renowned stars as Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Charlotte, Finn Bálor, Sami Zayn, Sasha Banks, and so many more. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Times; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} Learn about WWE’s groundbreaking approach to talent development and take a look inside the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center as exciting performers hone their wrestling skills, characters, personalities, and so much more under Triple H’s watchful eye. With new, insightful interviews from Triple H, NXT trainers, Superstars, and other personalities, discover how WWE’s future is now!
Posted in Sports & Recreation

The Wrestlemania Era

The Book of Sports Entertainment

Author: "The Doc" Chad Matthews

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692705841

Category:

Page: 594

View: 8710

Professional wrestling has never been as popular as it has been over the last thirty years. Beginning with Hulk Hogan's rise to the top of the industry and the advent of WrestleMania, it found a place in the pop culture lexicon that made it a widely accepted, albeit still controversial, form of sports entertainment. The WWE has led the way, making the business as much about theatricality as it is about simulated combat and expanding their viewership in the process. Subsequently, a generation of fans has grown up with pro wrestling as one of their pastimes. Wrestling's growth has paralleled the rise of the media's obsession with sports. Fans enjoy greater access than ever before to their favorite teams and superstars through television and the internet. Increased coverage has brought more in-depth discussion, creating a network of enthusiasts who are as much critics as they are devotees. Sports analysis is no longer just water cooler talk. Be it as diehard supporters of respective sports enjoying educated conversations or be it as a team's employed statistician, we have become a sports world obsessed with analytics. The WWE product is more globally visible than ever. They currently broadcast their weekly programming in 150 countries and in 30 languages. Websites that cover pro wrestling draw tens of millions of people every week from around the world. Much like ESPN, Fox Sports, and others, these sites provide news, results, and insider reports. The thirst for a constant stream of information is as strong amongst wrestling fans as it is for any sport or entertainment avenue. "The Doc" Chad Matthews knows that better than anyone. He started watching wrestling with his grandfather when he was two years old. In his early college years, he began writing television recaps of WWE shows for a popular website as a hobby, later writing full-fledged critical columns and reviews while going through professional schooling to become a doctor. During the same period, he took a strong interest in analytics. Matthews eventually followed the lead of his favorite basketball writer, Bill Simmons, in combining his interest for hyper-analysis with the sport that he covered. Simmons proceeded to take his analytical approach and create a list of over ninety of the greatest to have ever played in the National Basketball Association. His amazing work, The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy, was the ultimate fan account of pro basketball history. Inspired, "The Doc" set out to write the modern pro wrestling equivalent. He developed a methodical criterion to support his personal observations of nearly thirty years of fandom in order to definitively answer the question as to which wrestlers belong in the debate for the greatest of all-time. While analytically reviewing and celebrating the "WrestleMania Era" dating back to the early 1980s, he spent countless hours researching, formulating, and categorizing the matches, the interviews, the main-events, the pay-per-view buyrates, the television ratings, and the championships won. A five-tiered breakdown shaped the definitive list. Through a formula (to bridge the gap between eras) for championships won, a scale for main-events and headlining matches to account for longevity, a compilation of television ratings and pay-per-view buy rate data for financial success, a wrestler scoring system to reflect physical attributes and microphone skills, and a film critic-like star rating scale to account for performance, Matthews has named the "Greatest Wrestlers of the WrestleMania Era."
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Crazy Is My Superpower

How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules

Author: A.J. Mendez Brooks

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0451496663

Category: Women wrestlers

Page: 288

View: 6452

As AJ's family struggled with drug addiction, poverty, and mental illness, she found escape through comic books and video games. Inspired by tough and unconventional female characters, it wasn't until she discovered pro wrestling that she learned superheroes could be real. AJ trained and sacrificed for years to achieve her dream of wrestling professionally, but faced industry pressure to play the role of the damsel in distress and to dress more provocatively to cater to male fans. She created an ass-kicking alter ego that was nerdy, enthusiastic, and a little bit crazy. This is her brave confessional about her long road to self-acceptance.
Posted in Women wrestlers

Under the Lights and In the Dark

Untold Stories of Women’s Soccer

Author: Gwendolyn Oxenham

Publisher: Icon Books

ISBN: 1785781545

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 173

View: 3798

Under the Lights and in the Dark: Untold Stories of Women's Soccer takes an unprecedented look inside the lives of professional football players around the world – from precarious positions in underfunded teams and leagues, to sold-out stadiums and bright lights. Award-winning filmmaker and journalist Gwendolyn Oxenham tells the stories of the phenoms, underdogs, and nobodies – players willing to follow the game wherever it takes them. Under the Lights and in the Dark takes us inside the world of women’s soccer, following players across the globe, from Portland Thorns star Allie Long, who trains in an underground men’s league in New York City; to English national Fara Williams, who hid her homelessness from her teammates while playing for the English national team. Oxenham takes us to Voronezh, Russia, where players battle more than just snowy pitches in pursuing their dream of playing pro, and to a refugee camp in Denmark, where Nadia Nadim, now a Danish international star, honed her skills after her family fled from the Taliban. Whether you’re a newcomer to the sport or a die-hard fan, this is an inspiring book about stars’ beginnings and adventures, struggles and hardship, and, above all, the time-honored romance of the game.
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Development Hell: The NXT Story

Author: Michael Sidgwick

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1326971670

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 282

View: 5009

Development Hell: The NXT Story, penned by former Power Slam scribe and WhatCulture.com's own Michael Sidgwick, chronicles the history of WWE's NXT brand. NXT has drew universal critical acclaim for its fan service fusion of old-school booking philosophies and progressive body of in-ring work - but the road to critical acclaim was arduous. When WWE destroyed its territorial and mainstream competition, the monolith had also annihilated the talent pool. Replenishing it was an unenviable task made all the more difficult by a blase and counterproductive attitude and a curiously myopic direction. All of which is documented in a book covering the inauspicious beginnings of the dusty Stamford Farm warehouse and the murmurings of Memphis Power Pro, the halcyon days of Ohio Valley Wrestling, the infamous disaster of Deep South Wrestling and the literal lunacy that was Florida Championship Wrestling. The roots of the triumph that was NXT were toxic...
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"Teeny": Professional Wrestling's Grand Dame

Author: Brennon Martin

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1365705668

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

View: 3399

Rule #1: Be on time. Rule #2: No foul language. Rule #3: Stay away from the “arena rats.” Rule #4: NEVER break kayfabe. Virtually every big name in wrestling in the second half of the 20th Century crossed paths with “Ms. Christine,” as she was known to most. If they followed her rules, Christine “Teeny” Jarrett probably taught them a thing or two about staying out of trouble and saving money for a rainy day. If they got out of line, they likely faced The Grip. Over the course of her 50-year career in wrestling, Teeny worked her way from selling tickets in the back of a Nashville, Tennessee shoe store to running a network of towns for Nick Gulas and Roy Welch to owning one of the most successful territories in the business with her son Jerry Jarrett - until they lost it all to “that so-and-so” Vince McMahon! Teeny was my grandmother. This is her story. Oh, and did you know bears can wrestle?
Posted in Biography & Autobiography