How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE
Hardcover ISBN: 177041293x
The WWE Hall of Famer describes how he was rejected by his family for his sexual orientation and moved to the United States in the 1960s, where, in spite of language and discriminatory challenges, he applied his creative and athletic talents to climb to the upper ranks of sports entertainment.
Andre the Giant
A Legendary Life
Paperback ISBN: 1416541128
A behind-the-scenes portrait of the seven-foot-five wrestling star's life and career describes his childhood in a small French village, the progression of his acromegaly, and his memorable television and film appearances. Original. 100,000 first printing.
From All-American Boy to Professional Wrestling's World Champion
Hardcover ISBN: 1613216955
Bob Backlund began life as a poor farm boy in the little village of Princeton, Minnesota, with a population of just over 2,000 people. He was a below-average student with a lackluster work ethic and a bad attitude, who hung with the wrong crowd and made a lot of bad choices. He was a kid whose life was headed for disaster?until a local coach took interest in him, suggested that he take up amateur wrestling, and offered to work with him if he promised to stay out of trouble. It was in North Dakota that Bob Backlund had the first of several chance encounters that would shape his destiny. While working out at the YMCA gymnasium in Fargo, North Dakota, where he wrestled for North Dakota State, Backlund met a well-known professional wrestler, ?Superstar
Blood, Struggle, and Dreams at the Heart of Mixed Martial Arts
Hardcover ISBN: 162040155x
A journalist offers a peek inside the world of mixed martial arts by following high-level fighters at an MMA gym in Florida, traveling with them to matches, training with them and sharing meals in their homes.
Wrestling With the Horror That Destroyed a Family and Crippled a Sport
Paperback ISBN: 1550228129
Four noted wrestling writers discuss the life and death of Chris Benoit, a Canadian professional wrestler who became one of the most popular athletes in professional wrestling before committing a double-murder suicide in 2007.
Best Seat in the House
Your Backstage Pass through My WWE Journey
Hardcover ISBN: 1782551158
If you ever wondered what it is like to be a giant wrestling fan and work at WWE under Vince McMahon and travel the world with co-workers who have been the stars of pro wrestling from the 90s through today, this is the definite book for you. This is the story of a passionate professional wrestling fan who wanted nothing more than to be the ring announcer for World Wrestling Entertainment. Best Seat in the House covers the journey of the type of ambitious kid that Justin Roberts was. Wrestling fans always want to know how he got his job, and this book discusses the path he took to get there, the people he met along the way and the experiences that helped shape his character. From his WWE tryout to his final night on the big stage, Justin gives you an in-depth look at his journey to catch and live the job of his dreams. From playing with action figures of Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, The Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan to actually announcing them to the ring–Justin truly lived out his dream. Apart from announcing the top wrestlers in the industry from Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock to John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Ric Flair and The Undertaker, Justin also describes the politics, travel requirements of WWE talent and the overall treatment from the monopoly that drives the wrestling industry. There were so many ups, but also so many downs, and this title is the backstage pass for those who have always wondered what it would be like as a wrestling fan to actually get to work at the Disneyland of wrestling. With no hopes or interest to return to WWE and unlike those who write books while still in a relationship with the company, Justin is very honest in sharing his story. This is a rare and extraordinary look from the inside at the worldwide phenomenon that's more than just scripted ballet and spandex. This is the inside story of working with individuals who are real-life physical action, hardworking athletes who are real-life superheroes to all ages and genders and ethnicities all over the world.
Beyond the Lion's Den
Paperback ISBN: 0804836590
This book highlights the fighting life of Ken Shamrock, one of the most popular professional wrestlers in the WWE and the second most popular combatant in UFC history. It covers Shamrock's beginnings in amateur wrestling, his bouts in the WWE, to his most recent return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It exposes the victories, injuries, and personal struggles behind Shamrock's failures and successes. Featuring descriptions of his most pivotal fights, this book is a perfect complement to Inside the Lion's Den and will let readers into the full story of the "World's Most Dangerous Man." Also featured is a complete how-to section that covers Shamrock's most devastating techniques. With easy-to-follow instructions and photographs for 70 techniques, this book teaches Shamrock's entire submission fighting system.
Blood in the Cage
Mixed Martial Arts, Pat Miletich, and the Furious Rise of the UFC
Paperback ISBN: 0547247796
Based on unique access to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and its rival organizations, Blood in the Cage peers through the chain-link Octagon into the frighteningly seductive world of mixed martial arts, which has exploded in popularity despite resistance. Wertheim focuses on Pat Miletich, who runs the most famous MMA training school in the world. Single-handedly Miletich has transformed a gritty town on the Mississippi into an unlikely hotbed for his sport. He has also transformed many an average Joe into a walking weapon of destruction. Wertheim intertwines Miletich’s own life story, by turns tragic and triumphant, with the larger story of the unholy rise of the UFC, from its controversial, back alley roots to the fastest-growing sports enterprise in America. Blood in the Cage takes readers behind the scenes, right down to the mat, from a punch in the kidney to the ping of the cash register, as Wertheim brilliantly exposes the no-holds-barred reality of the blood sport for a new generation.