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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581604734
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581604733
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,536,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By fred vallongo on November 15, 2009
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Mark Hewitt has done a fantastic job of tracing the development of Pro Wrestling from its roots to the beginning of the modern era. From the tough "Lancashire" style brought by British immigrants, and adapted by local "champions" taking on all comers, right through the development and refinement of the "worked" sport we know today.

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David L. Chapman on July 22, 2010
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This is all about the history of this great almost forgoten sport. Before MMA or ju-jitsu in America there was catch. Learn the real history in this book.
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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. The accounts of famous bouts read like hyper-violent bouts of grab ass. It's very hard to picture the wrestling as scientific. I recommend " Say Uncle"
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