The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Heels

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ECW Press, Nov 16, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 300 pages
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As the first comprehensive look at the ruffians, rascals, and rule breakers in the wrestling business, this history explains the rise of the wrestling villain, the reasons for his (or her) success, and the impact these sordid characters have had on the sport. Based on first-hand interviews with hundreds of wrestlers, managers, promoters, and historians, these entertaining profiles document wrestling's top rotten apples from the 1920s to today, providing plenty of support for the book's claim that fans love to hate the bad guys as much as they love to love the heroes. With remarkable candor, wrestling's troublemakers explain why they became villains and how they perceived and honed their roles; the sport is richer for the presence of the nefarious ones--and they know it. With more than 150 never-before-seen photos, this book will satisfy devoted fans and inspire everyone else to take a look at the exciting and often bizarre world of professional wrestling.

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This was really good my dad Bull Ramos is in it

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Page 5 - But what wrestling is above all meant to portray is a purely moral concept: that of Justice. The idea of "paying" is essential to wrestling, and the crowd's "Give it to him" means above all else "Make him pay.
Page 33 - ... it is not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.
Page 27 - ... I'm the greatest wrestler in the world.' And all the time, I was saying to myself, 'Man, I want to see this fight. It don't matter if he wins or loses; I want to be there to see what happens.
Page 27 - Man, I want to see this fight. It don't matter if he wins or loses; I want to be there to see what happens.' And the whole place was sold out when Gorgeous George wrestled. There was thousands of people including me. And that's when I decided I'd never been shy about talking, but if I talked even more, there was no telling how much money people would pay to see me.
Page 42 - Freddie Blassie the man had turned into Freddie Blassie the wrestler. And even with my wife and kids, I'd become — as the boys like to say — a mark for my own gimmick.
Page 30 - Once in Chicago when I didn't buckle to his antics and wanted him to wrestle, he just walked out of the ring and didn't come back. He was a great guy, but not a wrestler.
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Page 12 - Today's pro wrestling audience, skewing heavily younger and male, cheer the strong and boo the weak. In the absence of a framework of 'sportsmanship...

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Greg Oliver has been covering professional wrestling for two decades for the SLAM! wrestling website, the Canadian Wrestling Report, and other magazines and newspapers. He is the author of The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Canadians and coauthor of The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Tag Teams. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. Steven Johnson is the author of articles on business, politics, and sports in dozens of newspapers and magazines, and the coauthor of The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Tag Teams. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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