- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Paladin Press (May 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1581604734
- ISBN-13: 978-1581604733
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,768,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Catch Wrestling: A Wild and Wooly Look at the Early Days of Pro Wrestling in America Paperback – May 1, 2005
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I particularly enjoyed the anecdote by Karl Von Hess, a top star of the '50s, and 60's. He describes a match with John Peseck (one of the famous "shooters" of the early '20s) then over 60 years old. Von Hess decided to test the old man to see what he had. In no time Peseck had the younger man flat on the mat, and twisted like a pretzel!
Peseck whispered to his foe "don't f--- around kid!" Having learned a valuable lesson Von Hess hastly agreed not to "f--- around." This book is full of stories from primary sources detailing Pro Wrestling's evolution.
Modern fans might be surprized to learn that in earlier times, pro wrestling looked a lot like modern Mixed Martial Arts, complete with Japanese Jiu Jitsu experts challengin the Catch wrestlers in a bid to determine which style was superior.
This is a terrific book. I reccomend it highly!
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I bought this because I'm doing research for a graphic novel idea I have about a wrestler in the American Civil period. The writing is amateurish and the interior design is bad. Read morePublished 21 months ago by jason claus
purchased a brand new copy and the first twenty pages and front cover were bent badly. other than that book was in good conditionPublished on January 30, 2014 by Brittany Zendler