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The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: Heroes & Icons (Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame series) [Kindle Edition]

Steven Johnson , Greg Oliver , Mike Mooneyham , J. J. Dillon , J J Dillion
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Book Description

The legendary good guys worthy of a spot in the pro wrestling hall of fame At its core, professional wrestling has always been about the forces of evil trying to undermine everything good — and a red hot heel needs a valiant hero to battle against, someone fans can root for, identify with, and look up to. Wrestling heroes like Hulk Hogan, Dusty Rhodes, The Rock, and Andre the Giant are celebrated worldwide. In Heroes & Icons, Oliver and Johnson include more than just the household names, digging deeper to also tell the story of forgotten heroes and regional stars, like Tiger Jeet Singh, who has an elementary school named after him, and Whitey Caldwell, whose gravesite still sees flowers from fans 40 years after his passing. Covering the 1930s through to the present day, the latest installment in the acclaimed Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame series examines what makes a great hero.

Editorial Reviews


"I probably learned more history from this book than any wrestling book in a long time."  —Wrestling Observer on the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame series

"An irreplaceable reference tool . . . a great documentation of our storied wrestling history. "  —Andrew Calvert,

"Like its predecessors, the book is a must-have for any wrestling fan. The stunning detail of each entry is amazing." —

About the Author

Steven Johnson is the author of articles on business, politics, and sports in dozens of newspapers and magazines, and the coauthor of Benoit and coauthor of The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Tag Teams. He lives in Springfield, Virginia. Greg Oliver has been covering professional wrestling for two decades for the SLAM! Sports wrestling website, the Canadian Wrestling Report, and other magazines and newspapers. He is the author of The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Canadians and coauthor of The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Tag Teams. He lives in Toronto. Mike Mooneyham has been one of the world’s leading wrestling journalists for more than 20 years. He is the coauthor of Sex, Lies, and Headlocks: The Real Story of Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina. J. J. Dillon is a retired professional wrestler and manager, best remembered as the leader of the wrestling group the Four Horsemen, which consisted of Nature Boy, Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, and Ole Anderson. He will be elected into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012. He lives in Delaware.

Product Details

  • File Size: 10976 KB
  • Print Length: 546 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (October 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B0SA9FW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,826 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another edition to a great series February 17, 2013
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This series is by far, the best books written on pro-wrestling. each book provides a great (if short) history of their subject and the bios of each wrestler goes beyond the kay-fabe layer, providing a balance overview of each person. this copy is no different. to me the only criticism that can be made is on their choices. i won't say who shouldn't be there but it would have been nice to see the following included:

Billy Red Cloud
Chief White Owl
Danny Little Bear
Cowboy Frankie Lane
rest of the Von Erich family
Austin Idol
Carlos Colon
Terry Taylor
Brian Pillman
Ivan Putski
Tiger Mask (the original)
Argentine Apollo
Don Curtis
Leo Nomellini
Booker T
AJ Styles
several Mexican & Japanese wrestlers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Completes my set February 15, 2013
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I have the books on heels and tag teams so I couldn't wait to get the one on the faces and it's lived up to the high standard set. I'm still only in the first section on the top faces of all time (just finished Whipper Watson) and it's already a great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Treasury of Wrestling Information December 14, 2012
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Authors Oliver and Johnson have done it again with their latest product "Heroes & Icons". Countless "good guys" are profiled with their backgrounds thoroughly researched and illustrated. The guys profiled include Verne Gagne, Bob Ellis, and Wilbur Snyder (and other exceptional performers from territories all over). Reading through a Oliver and Johnson production is truly a comprehensive history lesson about the professional wrestling business. Their books usually carry articles on the wrestlers from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s - those special characters who entertained prior generations before our time. Anybody who wants to learn more about wrestling history outside their local territory should consider getting all the Oliver and Johnson products - including "Heels" and "Tag Teams". You will surely want to add these products to your wrestling library. Be careful about lending them out because they might not get returned.

Review By Richard Vicek, Palos Hills, IL
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heroes & Icons is great! February 21, 2013
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Anyone who appreciates pro wrestling from earlier decades will have a field day with this book!
Great photos! Great biographies! Top notch!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent wrestling history December 2, 2014
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Comprhensive, detailed and informative. This is one of my favorite wrestling books. Very good biographies of the best "good guy" wrestlers of all-time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! January 28, 2015
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This was a Christmas gift for my son, a huge wrestling fan. He's been enjoying it since.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars January 26, 2015
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Very good book. My brother is in the book and it is a good article about him.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read and reference!
Contained information that I didn't know before and I found very interesting.
Published 3 months ago by L. Jonathan Marven
5.0 out of 5 stars Oliver & Johnson are MY heroes, for researching and writing this.
Well-researched and smartly written. Educational about both the game and the Heroes and babyfaces. I'll be referencing this book frequently.
Published 16 months ago by Michael W. Zim
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent As Usual.
As with the other books in this series, this is a great book for young and old fans alike. The author obviously respects the business and goes into great detail about some of the... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Rylan Douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Wrestling Book Ever!
This is the cream of the crop of wrestling books! Once you pick this book up you won't put it down until you're finished reading it. Wow!
Published 24 months ago by JS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Research
Johnson and Oliver deliver again. Thoroughly researched and tightly written, the latest in their series whets my appetite for more.
Published on March 8, 2013 by Jason Hess
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid List Overall
Great list of heroes and icons for the most part. My only criticisms are listing heels like Dory Funk JR. and omitting all Japanese wrestlers. Read more
Published on February 12, 2013 by Chris Connor
5.0 out of 5 stars Best wrestling book EVER
These guys have put out the definitive collection of wrestling history books. This is the latest. Get them all NOW. Read more
Published on February 8, 2013 by William D. Sommers
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