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Wrestling at the Chase: The Inside Story of Sam Muchnick and the Legends of Professional Wrestling Paperback – June 6, 2005
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***But note that this is NOT a 300 page book, no matter what the product description says. It is a 232 page book. An entertaining 232 pages to be sure, but still it is more than 20% shorter than the listed length. Buy it anyway, it's still worth it.***
Larry Matysik is now at work on a King Kong (Bruiser) Brody biography which should be out this year.
In the modern wrestling scene, the only promotions that seem to bring the same sense of respectibility to the screen are in Japan (New Japan/NOAH/All Japan).
By Larry Matysik.
Published by ECW Press.
Released June 6, 2005.
232 Pages, paperback.
Who better to write the story of Sam Muchnick's brain child that was known as Wrestling at the Chase, than a man who was his friend and proteg for many years, grew up watching the program, became a commentator for the promotion who would finally go on to run his own promotion; Larry Matysik. The show itself is widely considered one of the most prosperous wrestling programs from the territory based days, with consistently high ratings in the St. Louis area behind only the local news and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Larry Matysik allows the reader to see in to the world that was the very heart of the National Wrestling Alliance which Sam Muchnick was also the chairman of. This however is first and foremost a book about the St. Louis Wrestling Club and it's flagship program started in 1959 and would run for close to 30 years. Glimpses are given in to the workings of the NWA, insight behind decisions made by Sam that could only be provided by his close confident. As you would expect though, the writing focuses on the key parts that made Wrestling at the Chase a truly historically acclaimed wrestling program. Taking you behind the scenes into his own personal discussions with Muchnick, taking the reader inside Sam's mind explaining the way he booked matches, programs, storylines and why he, Larry feels he was the very best promoter in the business. Matysik goes on to look at Sam's overall philosophy of the business, the NWA world heavyweight championship, how it should be presented, and his view on what the audience needs.Read more ›
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One of the best books on pro wrestling out there. Great stories from one of the key players in the history of the business.Published 6 months ago by Neal Warrer
the st. louis wrestling club was way ahead of it's time...wrestling at the chase put the nwa on the map!!!!Published 16 months ago by FREDERIC JILES
As a wrestling fan from St. Louis too young to be around during this time, this was an excellent account of the wrestling my parents and grandparents had the pleasure of seeing. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jake Guetterman
I loved this book. It brought back memories of attending those matches in the book at the chase. I think Larry did a great job with the book. St. Read morePublished on December 24, 2013 by Janis R. Arnold
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Not only is it a great, inside peek at one of wrestling's most successful promotions, but it could also serve as a textbook for today's aspiring... Read morePublished on March 11, 2013 by T.R. Hicks
This was a fun book to read tells lots of storys and keeps you interested all the way through. I miss the old days and have read all the books on wrestling out there and this is 1... Read morePublished on January 22, 2013 by Securitydog