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  • Paperback: 241 pages
  • Publisher: When Wrestling Was Rasslin' Books; 1ST edition (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A13SC38
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor E. Sower on November 4, 2012
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Whether you are a wrestling (or rasslin) fan or not, this is a great story. Readers who were around during the glory days of wrestling will recognize some familiar names. Younger fans will enjoy reading about the pioneers upon whose broad shoulders modern professional wrestling was built. The book, written by an insider, provides insight into what made professional wrestling and Houston Wrestling in particular so entertaining in its glory days. The book tells inside stories which have not been previously published. I recommend it to all who enjoy stories about the world of professional sports and entertainment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Spilka on January 9, 2013
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I enjoyed the book immensely. It was well and enthusiastically written, extremely comprehensive but I wish it had an index. Professional wrestling became both understandable and realistic. Instead of figures that seemed ;mythical and false, one read about gnuine people with egos and emotions. There was a natural and authentic quality that made it very difficult for me to put the book down. If it were possible, I would have tried to read it in one sitting. I hope the author will offer additional insights in future work. .
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This is a tremendous journey of the rich history of Houston Wrestling and a must for any old school professional wrestling fan. Houston Wrestling was one of the most successful promotions in the United States, and this book is an excellent story on its success! It's great for younger professional wrestling fans who are curious about the territory system, before the takeover of the major wrestling markets by WWE Owner Vince McMahon, a must read!

Richard Boudreau
Creative Editor & Lead Editor
KayfabeKickout.com
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it is good but I was hoping for more than just listings and such more of the behind the scenes would have been better
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When Wrestling Was Rasslin': The Wild and Exciting Inside Story of the Legendary Houston Wrestling Promotion

By Peter Birkholz

Published by When Wrestling Was Rasslin' Books

Released November 6, 2012

241 Pages, paperback

Through-out the territory days of wrestling Houston was a continuous hotbed of action performed by some of the most successful and well known wrestlers of the times. Originally promoted by the Sigel family it would go on to be promoted and booked by the well respected and known Paul Boesch, eventually bringing his nephew, the author of this book, Paul Birkholz into the business to help run the territory. Paul Birkoholz maintained took upon himself many various roles through-out the territory from the time he was a young lad right up until his mid-thirties for Houston wrestling and for Jim Crockett Jr.

When Wrestling Was Rasslin' is a rare and unique perspective from the inside at one of the most famous and successful territories within the National Wrestling Alliance. Peter Birkholz's son starts the book off with a touching forward leading into Peter explaining that much of the book is made up from memory and stories passed down to himself through family and the many wrestlers he has been able to spend time around, he also questions that whether wrestling folklore and fact can be separated and if it should be or not? Then let the ride begin, we flow through the book starting with the historical begins of modern pro-wrestling at the turn of the 20th century with the starting of the Sigel's and stay on the wave of history moving through the 1930's up to the 1960's.
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