Reading this excellent behind-the-scenes look at wrestling promoter McMahon, the current ruler of the wild and ruthless world of professional wrestling, is almost as entertaining and shocking as watching the most extreme antics of McMahon's comic-book style creations such as Steve Austin and The Rock. Combining hard investigative journalism with a genuine love for wrestling's weirder tendencies, Assael (senior writer for ESPN and author of Wide Open) and Mooneyham (who writes the wrestling column in the Charleston Post and Courier) have penned one of the closest looks so far at this industry, which moved from the cheap and smoke-filled Midwestern halls of the 1930s to become one of the most successful television enterprises ever by the 1990s. The authors focus on McMahon, who rose from a difficult childhood to take command of the World Wrestling Federation and almost singlehandedly invent the current style of extreme wrestling. The authors also carefully detail how McMahon's take-no-prisoners business style led him into his own bouts with financial, legal, sexual and drug problems, until finally he had become totally seduced by the loud, angry circus he'd created. But beneath the many stories about crooked promoters, armed wives, drug-crazed and sexually profligate wrestlers, the authors also skillfully illuminate pro wrestling's influence on the media, detailing McMahon's feuds with rivals like Ted Turner and World Championship Wrestling's Eric Bischoff, as well as his byzantine dealings with notables from such companies as Viacom and NBC. This is an essential read for both fans and enemies of pro wrestling.
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Professional wrestling has become a lightning rod for controversy. Critics decry the violence and the rampant disregard for political correctness, while those who savor the spectacle think those are its best qualities. At the eye of the storm is Vince McMahon, a third-generation wrestling promoter with a genius suited for the cable age. Assael and Mooneyham provide a brief history of the sport from its days as an early television phenomenon to its downslide into a regionally marketed sideshow in the seventies and eighties. The advent of cable created a need for cheap, quickly produced programming, and McMahon was there with wrestling, which he built into a show-biz spectacle. Imitators followed, and the stakes became higher as cable networks battled for viewers, steroids became de rigueur, and wrestlers died in stunts and from drug overdoses. There's no end in sight: the Rock, a premier wrestler, was a speaker at the Republican convention that nominated George Bush. Somewhere between expose and celebration, this account will be of most interest to fans who view the sport as a guilty pleasure. Wes Lukowsky
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Fantastic read, highly recommend to anyone, wrestling fan or not. The level of detail and unbiased reporting was refreshing. Really enjoyed it.Published 9 days ago by Victor
In an industry built on illusion, a cursory opinion might be what’s the point of exploring the history of a make-believe sport? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael W. Rickard II
This book wasn't exactly what I was wanting or hoping for, but it was close. I did find out a multitude of info I probably wouldn't have found out before. Read morePublished 5 months ago by mike mcconnell
Well, it was a good try but after the writer got a few facts wrong that can easily be researched it gave the whole book to me a sense of "suspended disbelief" too bad it... Read morePublished 9 months ago by jlbjr
This book is a solid introduction to the history of the WWF and gives you information about how wrestling began. Read morePublished 14 months ago by J. R. Rogacki
For those who aren't already familiar with Vince's history, this would be a perfectly acceptable introduction. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Christopher Marshall
I found the book miss leading, yes some was about Vince McMahon but more was about the ratings and networks. Also found it hard to read and even boring at times. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dave