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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550227262
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550227260
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,382,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"The love of wrestling...shines throughout the book.... Highly recommended."  —About.com


"Outsider and insider perspectives...chronicl[e] the triumphs and failures of...ambitious wrestling companies."  —Obsessed With Wrestling


"Brian Fritz and Christopher Murray's defining moment.... Should capture the fans just like the radio show did and still does."  —A1 Wrestling News


"It's an honest wrestling book...chock full with inside information coming from eight years of doing the radio show."  —The Orlando Sentinel


"Truly unique insights...a sense of immediacy not found in most other wrestling history books."  —The Galveston County Daily News


"Allows the reader to go through key points in wrestling history with people that lived the experience."  —Wrestling Observer

About the Author

Brian Fritz is the lead host of the Between the Ropes wrestling radio show. He is a host and producer for various live talk shows and sporting events for WQTM 740 AM and covers professional wrestling for The Orlando Sentinel. He lives in Orlando, Florida. Christopher Murray is a cohost of Between the Ropes. He lives in Staten Island, New York.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By amisFitbook on June 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
Just to strike some balance, and to restore some sanity here.... I wonder how "Mr Francis" and "Coco" can say anything negative about this fine book. Actually, I wonder how they could have actually read this book--as of June 16th, it hasn't even shipped from the printer, let alone to stores. Anyone pretending to "review" Between the Ropes before it becomes available later this month is simply engaging in a self-interested, personal attack. I wouldn't dream of speculating as to why....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gary Hollinger on July 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading the Between The Ropes book and thought it was a great read. Good information on the biggest promotions over the past decade with some very interesting quotes from wrestlers mixed in the chapters. Plus, the book has some good stories behind the scenes of the Between The Ropes show.

A great read for anyone who already enjoys wrestling or for anyone who wants to learn more about it. This book has all the details you need to know. I highly recommend it!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Weyer on July 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
I was looking forward to this book and it's not quite a dissapointment. If you don't have a large wrestling library, it's quite good covering what WWF/E, WCW, ECW and TNA have been up to the last decade. The problem is that so much of it has already been covered in other books. There are three histories of ECW that detail what happened there and "Death of WCW" is a much better look at that organization. As such, so much of this comes off as "oh, this again?" statements.

However, they are the first to delve into how TNA got started and how it's progressed, including backstage battles with Russo and Randy Savage. I also liked the in-between bits of the authors chronicling thier adventures with wrestlers and their interviews. In fact, even in the stuff on WWF, WCW and the rest, they insert great comments from various stars that are good to highlight things.

So if you don't have a large wrestling library, I'd recommend this very much. If you're a TNA fan, it's good to read how the company started. But if you already have a lot of the other books on WWF or WCW or ECW, this might be skippable.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By WrestlingGuru on July 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book thinking it was going to be another garbage wrestling book. Boy was I wrong. This book is filled with information! You learn what really goes on behind the curtain at the huge arena shows. Hear about what Trish Stratus put in her mouth to get a shot at the womens title, what Pat Patterson eats on his hotdogs and what Val Venis stuffs into his tights. I especially liked the chapter about former WCW champion Sting and why he uses Jesus as a crutch to get higher paying contracts. This is a great book!

If you are a fan of wrestling or male on male erotica pick up a copy today!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brad from OWW on July 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
As a self-appointed Internet Wrestling Community geek, I find myself listening to a lot of Internet radio shows that focus on the world of professional wrestling. Sadly, the "Between the Ropes" program is not one of them. However, after reading the book, written by the hosts of that particular show, it might just become required listening from now on.

"Between the Ropes - Wrestling's Greatest Triumphs and Failures" by Brian Fritz and Christopher Murray, contains a series of very enlightening chapters on the subject of each of the major American wrestling promotions of the past decade (That is WCW, ECW, WWE & TNA). These accounts are accompanied by commentary made by a bevy of wrestling stars of the era, taken directly from the transcripts of the Between the Ropes radio program. The result is a unique mix of outsider and insider perspectives that blends into a adventurous journal chronicling the triumphs and failures of wrestling's most ambitious wrestling companys.

The authors also decided to alternate their historical chapters with a diary of sorts recounting many of their own experiences while covering professional wrestling on their show. Brian, or "Fritz" as he likes to be called, relives the miraculous events that led to the inception of Between the Ropes and how it led to meeting different wrestlers for the first time, and generating a healthy camaraderie with them in the process. Fritz also takes you back in time to when he was the willing victim of a dangerous publicity stunt involving close friend and pro-wrestler Jerry Lynn. That only scratches the surface of why Between the Ropes has become the premier wrestling radio program in the country... and now, one of the top wrestling books too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Howell on December 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
The best thing this book has going for it, is that it is written by a couple of fans (Fritz & Dickerman) of the industry that also run a wrestling radio show (7 years now). Brian Fritz gives his take on the wrestling business but only from about the mid 90s to 2004/5. He looks at the four promotions of WCW,ECE, WWE, and TNA. In general, for WCW, ECW, and WWE, the author(s) pretty much cover the highlights and focuses on the bigger names and TV/PPV ratings. For TNA he goes into the simplistic version of how Jerry & Jeff Jarrett started the company, touches on the weekly PPV that TNA ran, and how it eventually got onto television. There's a good variety of photos of Fritz and Dickerman with wrestling personas throughout the book. Fritz seems to favor the new TNA company and borders on being a bit markish for it. Hopefully it gains in some popularity so that the rest of the fans can enjoy something besides the recycled WWE stories. Competition is what will save the business now and Fritz agrees.

Is this a 'definitive history' of the past ten years? Absolutely not but it is a decent book for a fan that doesn't want to buy the multitude of better books with a more in depth look at the business side of wrestling and the backstage egos that are rampant. Do I recommend this book? Sure but only under the same statement. This is a book by some fans for some fans. It's quick to read and covers the bigger generalized storylines of the business for 7-10 years. If you have many of the other books on the subject, you'll probably not care a lot for this one but on it's own, the casual fan will like it.

Compared to other books, this would only get 2 stars, on it's own it would get 4 stars because it's so casual fan friendly. It's certainly not the best out there but it may be the easiest to read, unfortunately the multiple "interviews" are show segments that are dated in their references.
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