Sex, Lies, and Headlocks: The Real Story of Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment
“Current fans and recovering Hulkamaniacs alike should find [Sex, Lies, and Headlocks] as gripping as the Camel Clutch.” —Maxim
Sex, Lies, and Headlocks is the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at the backstabbing, scandals, and high-stakes gambles that have made wrestling an enduring television phenomenon. The man behind it all is Vince McMahon, a ruthless and entertaining visionary whose professional antics make some of the flamboyant characters in the ring look tame by comparison. Throughout the book, the authors trace McMahon’s rise to power and examine the appeal of the industry’s biggest stars—including Ed “Strangler” Lewis, Gorgeous George, Bruno Sammartino, Ric Flair, and, most recently, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock. In doing so, they show us that while WWE stock is traded to the public on Wall Street, wrestling remains a shadowy world guided by a century-old code that stresses secrecy and loyalty.
With a new afterword, this is the definitive book about the history of pro wrestling.
“Reading this excellent behind-the-scenes look at wrestling promoter McMahon . . . is almost as entertaining and shocking as watching the most extreme antics of McMahon’s comic-book style creations such as Steve Austin and The Rock.”
“A quintessentially American success story of a cocky opportunist defying the odds and hitting it big . . . Sparkling cultural history from an author wise enough to let the facts and personalities speak for themselves.”—Kirkus Reviews
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - HvyMetalMG - LibraryThing
By now, everyone knows what happens behind the scenes of the WWE ain't kosher! Of course most people hate wrestling, but for a wrestling fan, it is interesting to read about the business side of ... Read full review
Review: Sex, Lies, and Headlocks: The Real Story of Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling FederationUser Review - Brad Phelps - Goodreads
Very interesting look of the behind the scenes of wrestling. Loved the in depth coverage of the television marketing pieces in this book. Wether you like Vince McMahon or not this man is a pure genius in the business world. Read full review