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Bodyslams! Memoirs of a Wrestling Pitchman Paperback – October 6, 2000

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"...a remarkable inside look at a game we all love ... one of the greatest books ever written about the subject." -- Chris Sabga, Editor, IGN Wrestling Four Stars [out of four stars], September 26, 2000

"...an intimate, thoughtful account of Cappetta's 21 years in wrestling ... a fascinating, refreshing commentary on the subject of pro wrestling." -- John Molinaro, Entertainment Editor SLAM!Wrestling, Novermber 21, 2000

About the Author

Gary Michael Cappetta

The contract that Gary Cappetta signed to join the broadcast team of Ted Turner's World Championship Wrestling signified Cappetta's arrival at the pinnacle of his profession. As a child captivated by the wrestling spectacle and its colorful performers, Gary dreamed about becoming part of the show. As unlikely as his childhood fantasy seemed, Gary Michael Cappetta ultimately became one of the most widely recognized voices in pro wrestling.

While he is trained as a Spanish language educator, he became known around the world as wrestling's foremost ring announcer. From 1974 to 1985 Gary Michael Cappetta announced for The World Wrestling Federation. In 1985, when ESPN added pro wrestling to its sports schedule, Gary joined their national broadcast team. In 1989, Ted Turner signed Cappetta to a contract to appear on TBS's WCW Saturday Night and the internationally syndicated World Wide Wrestling. Through 1995, he also performed on live prime time special s and pay-per-view productions presented by Turner Home Entertainment.

In addition to two decades of international television exposure, the commanding presence of Mr. Cappetta has dignified thousands of live events in more than three hundred cities throughout the United States, Canada, England, Germany, Scotland and Ireland.

Gary has announced in both English and Spanish, a skill he refined while studying at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Mr. Cappetta's bi-lingual talent was instrumental to his work as the Spanish speaking wrestling host on KCAL in Los Angeles.

He recently rejoined the World Language Department at a private academy New Jersey. In addition, Gary has applied his knowledge of the entertainment field to an entirely new realm as a consultant in the music, television and video world. He is currently guiding the career of the very talented actor and recording artist, Michael Vale.

Authoring Bodyslams!, Memoirs of a Wrestling Pitchman has given Gary Michael Cappetta the opportunity to grippingly and truthfully present the business of professional wrestling as has never been done before.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Little Bro Ltd (October 6, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970399162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970399168
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,261,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've read all of the wrestling books that have been written in recent years. I have also read the autobiographies by Lou Thesz and Bruno Sammartino. Without a doubt, Gary Michael Cappetta's "BODYSLAMS!" is the most revealing, most informative, most literate, funniest and even the most heart warming book ever written about professional wrestling.
Foley was careful not to tell too much about his buddies in the WWF. Chyna, The Rock and Goldberg also still on promoters' payrolls, haven't been wrestling long enough to lend a rich perspective of the wrestling game. Page avoids the truth about the behind the scenes politics that gave him his spot with WCW. And who cares what JR is cooking?
This book has it all. If you want a comprehensive look at how it all began, why wrestling is where it's at today and Gary's thoughts about how the game can be healthy in future years, then you must read "BODYSLAMS!".
Cappetta's behind the scenes stories provide an up close and personal look at dozens of current superstars, as well as many of the legends of this sport. Gary worked with them all. From Gagne to Hogan. From Bruno Sammartino to The McMahon Family. His profiles of Steve Austin, Ric Flair, The Undertaker, Buff Bagwell, Mick Foley, Abdullah the Butcher, Eric Bischoff and Andre the Giant are priceless.
Gary tells the full story about the night Mick Foley lost his ear. He was at the hotel fight between Arn Anderson and Sid Vicious and he holds nothing back. The portraits of Vince and Shane McMahon stand the test of time, given the way The McMahons now monopolize wrestling. And Gary's love of the game shines through on every page of the book.
If you have to choose one book that tells it all about pro wrestling, then "BODYSLAMS!" has got to be at the top of your list. Simply put, it's the best book ever written about pro wrestling!
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If you ever wondered what it would be like to live the life of a famous wrestling personality and if you want to know how the main eventers relate to each other behind the scenes, then this book is for you.
People who are still active in the business have to think twice before voicing their opinions to the public. They have to depend on the promoters for a paycheck and the fans' attention to warrant their place on the roster. Cappetta has neither of these concerns to hold him back. And that is just one of the major differences between "Bodyslams!" and everything else that has recently been published.
The guy who had the least to say on WWF, ESPN and WCW broadcasts certainly makes up for the years when his introductions made ring entrances more exciting and when his victory announcements made the outcomes of matches seem more important then they ever were. There was a whole lot going on with Gary Michael Cappetta. At the time, no one ever thought to ask. In "Bodyslams!" we finally find out.
And while Gary pulls no punches, there is nothing malicious in this book. Whenever he has something negative to say about an individual (Sic Vicious, McMahon, Bagwell etc.) he either lets us form our own opinions by reporting their words and actions, or fully explains the reasons for his conclusions. Cappetta lets the readers decide for themselves.
One thing that impressed me throughout "Bodyslams!" is Cappetta's love of wrestling, despite all of the cons and underhandedness that he has seen. And his respect for the many top stars that he knows comes through loud and clear from the many stories in which Gary expresses his admiration for the many superstars that he has traveled with (Austin, Flair, Steamboat, Sammartino, Eaton, Arn Anderson, etc.).
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As a referee, I have had the pleasure of working some shows that Gary Michael Cappetta has appeared at. Being only 19 years old and anti-WCW in my teen days as a fan, I will admit that I hadn't seen any of his work, or any that I can remember of the few times I watched WCW while he was still employed there. I went to his site out of curiosity and read the positive reviews of the book. After talking to him, I learned a great deal from Mr. Cappetta, so I got the book. It was without a doubt one of the best reads I have ever picked up. His knowledge of the business, the art, the "game", and so on in the book is just amazing. I would recommend this book in a heartbeat to anyone breaking into the business or anyone looking for a good modern history of professional wrestling, because Mr. Cappetta is one of the few who has been there and seen it and done it all.
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I have read Dave Meltzer and Dynamite Kid's books, as well as both books written by Mick Foley, and I must say that Gary Michael Cappetta's Bodyslams is right up there with the others in terms of credibility and quality. While it may not be as funny as Foley or as dramatic as Meltzer, it's really not intended to be. It is meant to chronicle one man's 21-year journey in a business he has always loved, and is undoubtedly the most well-written of the five wrestling books I have read.
The stories flow well and really give the reader a feeling for what many famous and infamous wrestling personalities are/were really like, as well as the nature of the environments behind-the-scenes in the WWWF/WWF, NWA, WCW and AWA. Cappetta shares stories about Ric Flair, Vince McMahon Sr., Vince McMahon Jr., Mick Foley, The Undertaker, Verne Gagne, Bruno Sammartino, and scores of others in-between.
I would highly recommend this book to any fans of pro wrestling, past or present. You get an intelligent and honest view of the inner and outer workings of the business.
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