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Catch Wrestling: A Wild and Wooly Look at the Early Days of Pro Wrestling in America Paperback – May 1, 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581604734
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581604733
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,178,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Hewitt has done a fantastic job of tracing the development of Pro Wrestling from its roots to the beginning of the modern era. From the tough "Lancashire" style brought by British immigrants, and adapted by local "champions" taking on all comers, right through the development and refinement of the "worked" sport we know today.

I particularly enjoyed the anecdote by Karl Von Hess, a top star of the '50s, and 60's. He describes a match with John Peseck (one of the famous "shooters" of the early '20s) then over 60 years old. Von Hess decided to test the old man to see what he had. In no time Peseck had the younger man flat on the mat, and twisted like a pretzel!

Peseck whispered to his foe "don't f--- around kid!" Having learned a valuable lesson Von Hess hastly agreed not to "f--- around." This book is full of stories from primary sources detailing Pro Wrestling's evolution.

Modern fans might be surprized to learn that in earlier times, pro wrestling looked a lot like modern Mixed Martial Arts, complete with Japanese Jiu Jitsu experts challengin the Catch wrestlers in a bid to determine which style was superior.

This is a terrific book. I reccomend it highly!
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A lot of books on pro wrestling seem to repeat the same old accounts of events from the sport's early past again and again, without trying to trace down whether they got the story right in the first place. Not this one. Mark Hewitt has devoted copious time to actual research and his skills as a writer, researcher, and legit historian of early wrestling shine through. The book is NOT a survey of wrestling history but instead a collection of detailed stories concerning some of the most interesting (but forgotten) events from the sport's past. What makes Hewitt's work stand out is that it is based on thorough archival investigation, all of which is cited in the book. For the stats oriented, he also has compendiums devoted to known mixed style matches, all staged decades before the UFC was ever conceived of. If you are interested in getting acquainted with some of the major figures in early wrestling history as well as their adventures on and off the mat, this is an essential read.
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This is all about the history of this great almost forgoten sport. Before MMA or ju-jitsu in America there was catch. Learn the real history in this book.
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