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The Wrestling by Simon Garfield

Title The Wrestling
Author Simon Garfield
Publisher Faber & Faber
Release 2013-03-21
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 256
ISBN 0571265456
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This is a book about Kendo Nagasaki, Mick McManus, Les Kellett, Klondyke Kate and Dr Death - men and women who used to fight each other every night for pride and money. Margaret Thatcher once wrote adoringly to Big Daddy, and Frank Sinatra told Giant Haystacks that British wrestlers were the best entertainers in the world. The Duke of Edinburgh attended the live shows, expressing a preference for Johnny Kwango, who specialized in head-butts. Millions would watch this curious pursuit on television every Saturday afternoon. Many said it was a fake, yet many more didn't seem to mind. But then Big Daddy had a stroke, the commentator started making sexploitation films and a plumber from Wolverhampton made an unexpected housecall on Kendo Nagasaki. They took it off the television shortly after wrestlers started dying during the bouts. These days, those who are left like to talk. 'Brilliant. Read The Wrestling. If you don't enjoy it I'll pull Giant Haystack's beard.' Independent 'Masterful, funny . . . Packed with English eccentricity by the bucket-load, Garfield has fashioned a brilliant, barmy book from the most unpromising raw material.' FHM

The Wrestling Season by Laurie Brooks

Title The Wrestling Season
Author Laurie Brooks
Publisher Dramatic Publishing
Release 2000
Category Adulthood
Total Pages 71
ISBN 9781583420331
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Using only the setting of a wrestling mat, eight young people struggle with the destructive power of rumors and how others see them.

A Wrestling Life by Dan Gable

Title A Wrestling Life
Author Dan Gable
Publisher University of Iowa Press
Release 2016-03
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 172
ISBN 1609383265
Language English, Spanish, and French
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What does it take to be an Olympic gold medalist and to coach a collegiate team to fifteen NCAA titles? In A Wrestling Life: The Inspiring Stories of Dan Gable, famed wrestler and wrestling coach Dan Gable tells engaging and inspiring stories of his childhood in Waterloo, Iowa; overcoming the murder of his sister as a teenager; his sports career from swimming as a young boy, to his earliest wrestling matches, through the 1972 Olympics; coaching at the University of Iowa from the Banachs to the Brands; life-changing friendships he made along the way; and tales of his family life off the mat. A celebration of determination, teamwork, and the persevering human spirit, A Wrestling Life captures Gable’s methods and philosophies for reaching individual greatness as well as the incredible amount of fulfillment and satisfaction that comes from working as part of a team. Whether we are athletes or not, we all dream of extreme success and are all looking to make our future the best it can be, but along the way we will undoubtedly need time to recover and rejuvenate. Let these stories inspire you to find your path to strength and achievement along whatever path you take.

Title The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame Heroes and Icons
Author Steven Johnson
Publisher ECW Press
Release 2013-01-11
Category BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Total Pages 550
ISBN 1770902694
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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."

Title Professional Wrestling and the Commercial Stage
Author Eero Laine
Publisher Routledge
Release 2019-11-14
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 148
ISBN 135113437X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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.

Title Identity in Professional Wrestling
Author Aaron D. Horton
Publisher McFarland
Release 2018-03-02
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 317
ISBN 1476667284
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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.

Title The Kids Guide to Pro Wrestling
Author Sean Price
Publisher Capstone
Release 2011-07-01
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 32
ISBN 1429660082
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Describes the ins and outs of professional wrestling, including history, gimmicks, and famous wrestlers"--Provided by publisher.

The Mexican Masked Wrestler and Monster Filmography by Robert Michael “Bobb” Cotter

Title The Mexican Masked Wrestler and Monster Filmography
Author Robert Michael “Bobb” Cotter
Publisher McFarland
Release 2015-06-14
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 216
ISBN 1476604193
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Any on-screen schmuck can take down a wolfman with a silver bullet. It takes a certain kind of hero to hoist that wolfman overhead into an airplane spin, follow with a body slam, drop an atomic elbow across his mangy neck, leg-lock him until he howls, and pin his furry back to the mat for a three-count. It takes a Mexican masked wrestler. Add a few half-naked vampire women, Aztec mummies, mad scientists, evil midgets from space, and a goateed Frankenstein monster, and you have just some of the elements of Mexican masked wrestler and monster movies, certainly among the most bizarre, surreal and imaginative films ever produced. This filmography features some of the oddest cinematic showdowns ever concocted—Mexican masked wrestlers battling monsters, evil geniuses and other ne’er-do-wells, be it in caves, cobwebbed castles or in the ring. From the 1950s to the 1970s, these movies were staples of Mexican cinema, combining action, horror, sex, science fiction and comedy into a bizarre amalgam aimed to please the whole family. Chapters examine the roots of the phenomenon, including the hugely popular masked wrestling scene and the classic Universal horror films from which Mexican filmmakers stole without compunction. Subsequent chapters focus on El Santo, Blue Demon, and Mil Mascaras, the three most prominent masked wrestlers; wrestling women; other less prominent masked wrestlers; and the insane mish-mash of monsters pitted against the heroes. Each chapter includes background information and a full filmography, and a wide assortment of striking illustrations—posters, lobby cards and other graphic material, some better than the movies they advertised—accompany the text.

The Wrestler s Body by Joseph S. Alter

Title The Wrestler s Body
Author Joseph S. Alter
Publisher Univ of California Press
Release 1992-08-03
Category History
Total Pages 305
ISBN 0520076974
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Wrestler's Body tells the story of a way of life organized in terms of physical self-development. While Indian wrestlers are competitive athletes, they are also moral reformers whose conception of self and society is fundamentally somatic. Using the insights of anthropology, Joseph Alter writes an ethnography of the wrestler's physique that elucidates the somatic structure of the wrestler's identity and ideology. Young men in North India may choose to join an akhara, or gymnasium, where they subject themselves to a complex program of physical and moral fitness. Alter's first-hand description of each detail of the wrestler's regimen offers a unique perspective on South Asian culture and society. Wrestlers feel that moral reform of Indian national character is essential and advocate their way of life as an ideology of national health. Everyone is called on to become a wrestler and build collective strength through self-discipline.

Championship Wrestling by Ray F. Carson

Title Championship Wrestling
Author Ray F. Carson
Publisher Ray Carson
Release 1974
Category Wrestling
Total Pages 303
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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