Pain and Passion: The History of Stampede Wrestling

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CanWest Books, 2005 - Wrestlers - 306 pages
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Calgary's Stampede Wrestling spawned some of the biggest wrestling stars in history, from mat kings of the past like Gene Kiniski and Superstar Billy Graham to modern idols like Bret "Hitman" Hart, the British Bulldogs, and Chris Benoit. Pain and Passion tells how a small, family-run wrestling business profoundly influenced the world of professional wrestling as we know it today. Pain and Passion takes readers on a rowdy ride through the evolution of Stu Hart's Calgary promotion, from its meagre beginnings in the 1940s, its peak in the 1980s, and its fall as Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Entertainment changed the face of wrestling forever. But this is more than a wrestling story - it's a tale of family and of human tragedy. The Hart family lived for the wrestling business and, like Starbucks mowing down a mom-and-pop coffee shop, the emergence of McMahon's media colossus ran Stampede into the ground. The wrestling game lost its innocence and western Canada lost a staple of its pop culture. As for the Hart family, the once-mighty clan was nearly destroyed by the business it loved. The Stampede Wrestling story is a wild blood-on-the-mat saga over fifty years in the making. It's sure to captivate not only wrestling fans, but anyone who appreciates a powerful drama.
 

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It's no secret, I love books written about professional wrestling. There's something about the behind the scenes stuff that I find entertaining and ridiculous - especially stuff from the territories ... Read full review

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When you know the family personally, you know it's trash.

Contents

Mutiny and the Sinking of Stampede Wrestling
1
Young Stu Hart
15
The Early Years
32
The Dungeon
47
Pirates on the Prairies
55
TV Slick Sammy and ajet Plane
70
Uncle Ed and the Wildcats
83
Butchers Stampers and Cheats
100
A Pop Culture Stampede
174
Bad News Rising
184
Back in the Saddle
205
The Death of Stampede Wrestling
220
Aterburn
234
The Death of Owen
253
Harts Torn Apart
264
Harts Go On
280

Overkill
115
The Age of Dynamite
133
n Married to the Hart Mafia
146
Let the Good Times Roll
161
Endnotes
297
Photograph Sources
306
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