Red Headed Geek: My Short and Painful Career as a Rasslin' Manager

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Tickling Keys, Inc., Sep 1, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 143 pages
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Neither an expose of the dark underbelly of wrestling nor a justification of its existence, Red Headed Geek is a loving, firsthand look inside the regional wrestling circuits of yesteryear by a former manager who's been tossed from the ring, bashed with a folding chair, and had painfully honest conversations with the wrestlers themselves. Billy C. Wirtz gives a distinct view of the strange world of wrestling, offering a look into the actual workings of the business and the underlying reasons for its popularity, as well as an explanation for its status as an often maligned and misunderstood subculture and its vital role in American working-class entertainment. He recounts his painful on-the-job training--explaining certain practices and dispelling some commonly held myths and beliefs--and discusses his personal and professional relationships with wrestlers such as the Fabulous Moolah, Diamond Lil, Sir Oliver Humperdink, and dozens of others, from the legendary to the never-heard-ofs. The book also contains a glossary of wrestling slang for those who aren't as familiar with the sport.For the die-hard fan or the total nonbeliever, this book presents one man's honest perspective and observations on a fascinating subculture.
 

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Contents

The F Word
1
Hey Boy
3
You Want to Be a What?
5
1 Why I Wrote This Book and Some Thoughts on Wrestling
7
2 Rasslin 101
11
3 A Cast of Characters
17
4 Parts Unknown
23
5 Deep Fried and Sanctified Part 1
31
11 Good Evening Wrestling Fans and Welcome to the Sportatorium
85
12 Random Scenes from the PWF
89
13From Body Slams to Belly Laughs
97
14 The End of Round One
103
Geekus Interuptus
107
15 The Call Part 1
109
16 The Call Part 2
115
17 Care for a Nightcap?
119

6 Deep Fried and Sanctified Part 2
39
Red Headed Geek
43
7 Teenie Weenie Meanie
45
8 Traditions and the Wrestling Business
55
9 Welcome to the PWF
71
10 Wrestling Mania
77
18 What Happened?
127
19 The F Word Revisited
131
A Few Wrestling Terms
133
About the Author
137
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Billy C. Wirtz hosts a weekly syndicated radio program that features a two-hour mix of a variety of musical styles, including early rock and roll, gospel, soul, hillbilly, and Mexican garage. He has been called one of the top-10 authorities on classic black gospel in the country by Blues Revue and is a contributing writer for the Blues Revue, writing the “Slipped Discs” column, the Charlotte Observer, writing the “Dixie Detours” column,†and C.M.A. Magazine. He is also a country musician and a former pro wrestling manager. He lives in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

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