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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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Book Summary:

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 Match by Buchi Emecheta

Title The Wrestling Match
Author Buchi Emecheta
Publisher
Release 1980
Category Children's stories
Total Pages 74
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Sixteen-year-old Okei, left an orphan after the NIgerian civil war, engages in a wrestling match to prove to his critical uncle and aunt that he is not as idle and worthless as they think.

The Wrestlers Wrestlers by Dan Murphy

Title The Wrestlers Wrestlers
Author Dan Murphy
Publisher ECW Press
Release 2021-04-27
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 368
ISBN 1773056875
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A walk-through wrestling history, starting with the founding fathers such as Ed “Strangler” Lewis and the incomparable Lou Thesz, to modern-day masters such as Daniel Bryan and Kurt Angle. The Wrestlers’ Wrestlers spotlights elite performers and analyzes exactly what made them your favorite wrestler’s favorite wrestlers. Authors Dan Murphy and Brian Young interviewed more than 40 in-ring veterans, historians, referees, and promoters to get a unique insider’s look at the people who have made a lasting impact on the world of professional wrestling. It offers a special peek “behind the curtain” and a rare look into the top stars’ thoughts on their peers, their influences, and their personal favorites. The Wrestlers’ Wrestlers is a history of professional wrestling but also a tribute to the frequently misunderstood art itself. Featuring stars of the 1920s to today, this essential read deserves a prominent spot on the bookcase of every fan and historian.

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.

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.

A Wrestling Life by Dan Gable

Title A Wrestling Life
Author Dan Gable
Publisher University of Iowa Press
Release 2015-03
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 155
ISBN 1609383400
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Wrestler and wrestling coach Dan Gable tells ... 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"--Dust jacket flap.

The Wrestling Drill Book by William A. Welker

Title The Wrestling Drill Book
Author William A. Welker
Publisher Human Kinetics
Release 2012-12-20
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 392
ISBN 1492581712
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Wrestling’s leading drill book is back. With new chapters, drills, coaching advice, and practice planning, The Wrestling Drill Book, Second Edition, is bigger, better, and more comprehensive than ever. The Wrestling Drill Book features match-tested drills from the top high school and college wrestling coaches in the sport. From takedowns, escapes, and reversals to riding and pinning combinations, each contributor breaks down a technique, tactic, or facet of wrestling for which he is renowned. Chapters unfold sequentially, moving from simple to more complex drills, each including setup requirements, descriptions of the action, and key coaching points for maximizing the value of every drill. Detailed descriptions, accompanied by more than XXX photographs, provide thorough instruction for proper execution of each move. Discover the best-seller that has helped wrestlers become champions. The Wrestling Drill Book, Second Edition, is a must-have for every wrestler and coach.

Wrestling at the Chase by Larry Matysik

Title Wrestling at the Chase
Author Larry Matysik
Publisher ECW Press
Release 2005
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 232
ISBN 1550226843
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

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.'

Pro Wrestling by Keith Elliot Greenberg

Title Pro Wrestling
Author Keith Elliot Greenberg
Publisher Lerner Publications
Release 2000-01-01
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 128
ISBN 9780822533320
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

A history of professional wrestling from its roots in legitimate sport to its days as a carnival attraction followed by the growth of regional rivalries and culminating as television-centered entertainment.

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