Pain and Passion: The History of Stampede Wrestling, Revised Edition (Google eBook)

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ECW Press, Oct 1, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 336 pages
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Calgary's Stampede Wrestling spawned some of the biggest wrestling stars in history, from mat kings of the past like Gene Kiniski and Superstar Billy Graham to modern idols like Bret "Hitman" Hart, the British Bulldogs, and Chris Benoit. Pain and Passion tells how a small, family'run wrestling business profoundly influenced the world of professional wrestling as we know it today. Pain and Passion takes readers on a rowdy ride through the evolution of Stu Hart's Calgary promotion, from its meagre beginnings in the 1940s, its peak in the 1980s, and its fall as Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Entertainment changed the face of wrestling forever. But this is more than a wrestling story ' it's a tale of family and of human tragedy. The Hart family lived for the wrestling business and, like Starbucks mowing down a mom'and'pop coffee shop, the emergence of McMahon's media colossus ran Stampede into the ground. The wrestling game lost its innocence and western Canada lost a staple of its pop culture. As for the Hart family, the once'mighty clan was nearly destroyed by the business it loved. The Stampede Wrestling story is a wild blood'on'the'mat saga over fifty years in the making. It's sure to captivate not only wrestling fans, but anyone who appreciates a powerful drama.

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Review: Pain and Passion: The History of Stampede Wrestling

User Review  - Brandon - Goodreads

It should be no secret by now that I love books about professional wrestling. Whether it's about a performer's career or a take on a promotion or an organization itself, it's a tremendous source of ... Read full review

Review: Pain and Passion: The History of Stampede Wrestling

User Review  - Peter Wrightsman - Goodreads

An amazing look at the most popular Canadian wrestling federation ever. The stories are smart, funny, and tragic. Read full review


Chapter oneMutiny and the Sinking of Stampede Wrestling
Young Stu Hart
The Early Years
Chapter fourThe Dungeon
Chapter fivePirates on the Prairies
Chapter sixTV Slick Sammy and a Jet Plane
Chapter twelveLet the Good Times Roll
Chapter thirteenA Pop Culture Stampede
Chapter fourteenBad News Rising
Chapter fifteenBack in the Saddle
Chapter sixteenThe Death of Stampede Wrestling
Chapter seventeenAfterburn
Chapter eighteenThe Death of Owen
Chapter nineteenHarts

Chapter sevenUncle Ed and the Wildcats
Chapter eightButchers Stompers and Cheats
Chapter nineOverkill
Chapter tenThe Age of Dynamite
Chapter elevenMarried To the Hart Mafia
Chapter twentyHarts Go On
The Third Generation and Wrestlings Darkest Day
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About the author (2007)

Heath McCoy is a pop culture reporter and rock critic for the Calgary Herald. His coverage of Stampede Wrestling won a Western Canadian Magazine Award. He lives in Calgary, Alberta.

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