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When Wrestling Was Rasslin' Paperback – 2012

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"Welcome ladies and gentlemen for another exciting night of Houston Wrestling!" Promoter Peter Birkholz tells all the stories from inside the ring and behind the scenes of nostalgic wrestling history based on his decades of experience with the Houston Wrestling Promotion. The world-famous Promotion, along with territorial promotions throughout the country, produced plenty of wild and exciting action for thousands of fans every Friday night, and shaped the landscape of professional wrestling for decades ago. Come along with stars like Rick Flair, Fritz von Erich, Bronko Nagurski, and Wahoo McDaniel as they shape sports history forever.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 241 pages
  • Publisher: When Wrestling Was Rasslin' Books (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A13SC38
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,488,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Wheeler on April 12, 2013
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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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3 of 4 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Musicfan on May 30, 2014
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If you wanna hear about the History of Houston Wrestling go no further!! I would love to hear from this author he's awesome. I was in Wrestling myself for the last 32 years at all levels. Check Facebook at" The Bruiser Costa" and you'll see why I enjoyed this so much!! Buy it!!
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