Hot Shots and High Spots: George Napolitano's Amazing Pictorial History of Wrestling's Greatest Stars

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ECW Press, Oct 1, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 320 pages
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Bringing the best of professional wrestling into focus, from the glare of the spotlights to rare, behind-the-scenes candid photos, George Napolitano has created the most far-reaching and beautiful visual history of its kind. For five decades he has been ringside, documenting wrestlings biggest main events, photographing its most famousand infamousstars. His images have captured the blood, sweat, and tears spilled in the squared circle. In the process, they have become as iconic as the men and women in them. Covering those who have made professional wrestling one of Americas great passions and pastimesBruno Sammartino and Classy Freddie Blassie, Gorilla Monsoon battling Muhammad Ali, Andre the Giant and Mil Mascaras thrilling crowds all over North America, and Cyndi Lauper and Captain Lou Albano bringing wrestling to MTVthis chronicle shows it all. For the fans of the nWo or ECWs hardcore revolution, those who love the attitudes of DX, The Rock, and Stone Cold Steve Austin, and those who still tune in every Monday night for Cena, Triple H, and Orton, this compilation is the ultimate pictorial of the glories and humiliations of the wrestling world.
 

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Contents

Introduction
8
Hot Shots
12
The Wrestling Universe Then Now
28
Classic Andre
56
Babyfaces
60
Classic Flair
74
Heels
82
High Spots
100
Entertainers
188
ECW
198
Beyond the Squared Circle
224
Tag Teams
242
Hardcore
258
TNA
272
Mat Classics
282
Acknowledgments
320

Classic Hogan
138
Personal
148
WCW
170
Back Cover
321
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George Napolitano is widely known as one of the world’s premiere wrestling photographers. He lives in New York City.

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