Brody: The Triumph and Tragedy of Wrestling's Rebel

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ECW Press, Aug 1, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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'The most unpredictable and charismatic grappler of all time' The brute that made brawling an art before the term "hardcore" was coined' The confrontational businessman who fought for every penny he felt he deserved' "Bruiser" Brody had no peers when it came to blood and guts, controversy and independence. Most wrestling promoters portrayed their top talent as exactly that kind of free-spirited, take-no-guff personality. They didn't mean it, though ' which explains why so few would admit to respecting Brody even as they featured him time and again. So why did they give him work' Simple. "Bruiser" Brody delivered the goods in the ring and at the box office. In the 1970s and early 80s, Brody was one of the few performers, along with Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair, to be recognized as a national star. With his fiery personality, Brody also conquered the international market. Nearly two decades after his murder in Puerto Rico, Brody: The Triumph and Tragedy of Wrestling's Rebel delivers a complete portrait of Brody's remarkable life. Co-authors Barbara Goodish, Brody's widow, and Larry Matysik, a close friend, offer a first-time opportunity to truly understand one of the sport's most complex and controversial human beings. Goodish's account of her husband's horrific murder and its aftermath is both heartbreaking and compelling, while Matysik's insider knowledge of the business puts Brody's place in wrestling history into perspective. With a foreword by WWE announcer Jim Ross, Brody offers readers the unvarnished truth about one of the greatest wrestling legends of all time.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements andA Note on Style and Illustrations
FOREWORD
INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER ONEMURDER
CHAPTER TWOBarbara Remembers THE NIGHTMARE
CHAPTER THREETHE LEGENDOF BRODY
CHAPTER FOURBarbara Explains WHY SPEAK TODAY?
CHAPTER FIVEHE PICKS YOU
CHAPTER ELEVENKING KONGIN ST LOUIS
CHAPTER TWELVEBarbara Remembers COMING TO AMERICA
CHAPTER THIRTEENJAPANAND INDEPENDENCE
CHAPTER FOURTEENBarbara Remembers MARRIAGE AND A SON
CHAPTER FIFTEENTHE WORLDIS CHANGING
CHAPTER SIXTEENBarbara Remembers LIFE IN TEXAS
CHAPTER SEVENTEENADAPTING MANIPULATINGAND PLANNING
CHAPTER EIGHTEENBarbara Remembers WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN

CHAPTER SIXBarbara Remembers HOME IN NEW ZEALAND
CHAPTER SEVENGOODBYE GRIDIRONHELLO GRAPPLING
CHAPTER EIGHTBarbara Remembers AUSTRALIA
CHAPTER NINEFRITZ VINCE SRAND MORE
CHAPTER TENBarbara Remembers THE ROMANCE
CHAPTER NINETEENWHAT MIGHTHAVE BEEN
CHAPTER TWENTYA REAL HERO
EPILOGUE
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About the author (2007)

Larry Matysik is a former prot ̈ of the famous St. Louis wrestling promoter,Sam Muchnick, and was Brody's best friend. He is the author of Wrestling at the Chase. Barbara Goodish is Brody's widow.

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