Pain and Passion: The History of Stampede Wrestling, Revised Edition

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ECW Press, Dec 14, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 336 pages
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Established in the 1940s by the legendary Stu Hart, Stampede Wrestling was a founding wrestling company that was highly influential. This dramatic account follows Stampedes blood-on-the-mat saga of more than 50 years, from its grassroots beginnings in Calgary to its rise and bitter fall. Despite hosting some of the biggest names in the sport and developing many modern day wrestling staples, such as ladder matches, the emergence in the 1980s of the wildly popular WWE ultimately doomed the Stampede league to closure. The Hart family crumbled along with the league, with son Owen dying in the ring and other members torn apart by begrudging feuds and internal strife. Full of violence, sex, and drugs, this is a gripping tale of the birth of professional wrestling.

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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 (2010)

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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