Legends of Pro Wrestling
150 Years of Headlocks, Body Slams, and Piledrivers
Paperback ISBN: 1613218087
Details the lives and careers of the best professional wrestling figures of the last one hundred fifty years, including Bruno Sammartino, The Undertaker, and John Cena.
Looking at the Lights
My Path from Fan to a Wrestling Heel
Hardcover ISBN: 1613219873
How did an untrained, overweight former college football player end up in the middle of a ring, wrestling during the highest-rated segment during the WWE’s acclaimed Attitude Era? That’s the story behind Looking Up at the Lights. As a childhood friend of Shane McMahon, Pete Gas was given the opportunity most only pray for. Beginning with appearances to interfere in McMahon’s matches, his role blossomed into becoming a full-fledge wrestler and leading the Mean Street Posse to WrestleMania, becoming one of the most fascinating success stories of the era. From his humble upbringing and friendship with Shane (and the McMahon family as a whole), Gas shares how a 9-to-5 average Joe got the chance of a lifetime and made the most out of it. But getting your foot in the door is one thing; staying is a completely different animal. With all eyes on him, knowing his lack of training and meal ticket being the boss’s son, Gas knew he had to win over all those doubters: from the fans and announcers to the wrestlers themselves. Knowing he had to prove himself, Gas took beatings, chair shots, and additional training to not only show that he could wrestle, but that he belonged with such superstars as The Rock, ?Stone Cold
Spanish Paperback ISBN: 6079252120
Con un peso de cuatro kilos, Lucha: Un Tributo es sin duda el libro mas grande que hemos producido. Su peso parece apropiado: este es el mundo del luchador, nunca antes visto: mitico, magico, a veces duro y profundamente humano, gracias al reconocido fotografo de moda Andreas Neumann. Invitado al proyecto por la editora Paola Gonzalez, disenamos y examinamos el contenido, revisamos los muchos vocabularios visuales que existen en la lucha libre, desde carteles de la epoca hasta fotografias historicas para contarles a los luchadores historias de una manera verdaderamente magnifica.
More No Holds Barred Fighting
Paperback ISBN: 1884654185
"This advanced guide to submission wrestlingùthe underlying fighting skill associated with such events as the Ultimate Fighting Championships, the King of the Cage, and the Pride Fighting Championshipsùcontinues the straightforward, pragmatic approach to ultimate-fighting instruction begun in No Holds Barred Fighting. A review of the basics is provided, followed by more of everythingùmore takedowns, more takedown defenses, more ground positioning, more submissions, more escapes, and more drills. The cross-disciplinary approach develops physical and mental endurance, total body flexibility and agility, explosive functional strength, and a thorough knowledge of body mechanics and dynamics. Useful lists of related web sites, publications, instructional videos, and other training resources are provided."
My Life Outside the Ring
Paperback ISBN: 0312588909
Hulk Hogan, born Terry Bollea, burst onto the professional wrestling scene in the late seventies and went on to become a world wrestling champion many times over. From humble beginnings, this giant of a man escaped a pre-ordained life of dock and construction work in Port Tampa, Florida, to become one of the most recognizable celebrities on the planet. He did it through sheer will, grit, determination, and a drive to always go over the top and do more than what others thought possible. From the outside, his story was one of a charmed lifehe was at the top of his career, had a wonderful and loving family, and a lifelong fan base who worshipped him. Of course he had his up and downsincluding hints of steroid abuse and his falling out with WWE and Vince McMahonbut it’s been the last two years that have tested Hogan more than any other in his lifetime. In 2007, while riding the massive success of his VH1 reality show, Hogan Knows Best, his son Nick was involved in a tragic car accident that left his best friend in critical condition. Then Linda, his wife, left him after 23 years of marriage, his beloved daughter Brooke blamed him for the breakup and his son went to jail. The tabloid media had a field day. When unflattering jailhouse conversations between him and his son were released to the press the tabloids were in a frenzy. The sudden turmoil and tragedy surrounding Hogan took its toll. He fell into a deep depression, seeing no way out, until one fate ful phone call. In My Life Outside the Ring, Hogan will unabash edly recount these events, revealing how his new found clarity steadied him during the most difficult match of his lifeand how he emerged from the battle feeling stronger than ever before. I was right there leaning on the side of the car with my hands when I finally saw Nickmy only sonfolded up like an accordion with his head down by the gas pedal. Nick!” I yelled. I could see he was alive. He turned his head, he stuck his hand out, and gave me a thumbs-up. For a second I was relieved. Then the chaos set in. The noise of engines. Sirens. A saw. Para - medics pulling John from the passenger seat. So much blood. I can’t even describe to you how panicked I was. The police and firefighters surrounding us seemed panicked, too. The firefighters started cutting the side of the car open to try to get Nick out, and I’m still standing right there when I hear my boy screaming, No, no, no, stop! Stop! You’re gonna cut my legs off. Dad! Just unbuckle the seatbelt. I can get out!” So I reach in and I push the button on his seat belt, and Nick just crawls right out. His wrist was broken. His ribs were cracked. None of that mattered. He was gonna be okay. But not John. John wasn’t moving. from MY LIFE OUTSIDE THE RING
National Wrestling Alliance
The Untold Story of the Monopoly That Strangled Pro Wrestling
Paperback ISBN: 1550227416
From its humble beginnings in the Midwest after World War II to its worldwide expansion and eventual dominance of a $25-million-a-year industry, the National Wrestling Alliance's (NWA) rise and fall is detailed in this dramatic tale. While celebrating the great achievements of star wrestlers like Lou Thesz, Ed "Strangler" Lewis, and Buddy Rogers, this history also exposes the inner workings of wrestling, describing in detail the Department of Justice's investigation of the NWA's operating procedures. The comprehensive study of NWA promoters and how their relationships to influential politicians, writers, and each other protected their interests for more than 50 years offers an inside look at wrestling's complicated legacy, revealing the intricate conspiracies of this century-old brand of entertainment.
No Holds Barred Fighting
The Ultimate Guide to Submission Wrestling
Paperback ISBN: 1884654177
This instructional guide explains the origins of submission wrestling, the underlying fighting skill associated with such events as the Ultimate Fighting Championships and the King of the Cage. It explores its various offshoots and influences and features hundreds of photos to demonstrate techniques and training exercises. Rules and regulations regarding associated competitions, workout programs, and match etiquette are thoroughly discussed, and resources for further research are included. Full of self-defensive skills and tips that improve physical fitness, confidence, and mental toughness, this book starts the novice on the path to proper training and provides fundamental information for all skill levels.