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Hot Shots and High Spots: George Napolitano's Amazing Pictorial History of Wrestling's Greatest Stars Paperback – October 1, 2011
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Among the highlights for me: a picture of Randy Savage at age 20 as a rookie in Kentucky weighing just 180 pounds and not looking anything like you think; the Road Warriors without their makeup; Hulk Hogan in Japan from the late 70s eating dinner with a young Curt Henning, Adrian Adonis, Duck Murdoch, Andre the Giant and others; Ric Flair in bed!!!!and tons more.
Some of the elongated captions reveal interesting never before told stories about the wrestlers and the specific picture. There are full chapters on Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, ECW, Babyfaces, Heels, Japan, Mat Classics, Hardcore, TNA, Tag Teams, current stars, and more.
I loved the backstage photos that we fans never get to see. Celebrities with wrestlers; Andre playing cards; a young Jesse Ventura; Abdullah the Butcher out of character; a young Rock; and so much more.
Look for some more amazing photos: Pat Patterson driving a cab! Bruno Sammartino with Joe DiMaggio! Captain Lou Albano, the Grand Wizard and Freddie Blassie from the 60s! And stuff from every decade.
I highly recommend this book. Every photo tells a story.Read more ›
It includes several pictures taken in Japan, which brought back my memories.
Accompanying essays reveal stories behind the photos.
I had a chance to meet the author in Tokyo back in 1980s.
He was friendly and took time to chat with me about wrestling.
I did not ask for his autograph then, which is a bit regrettable now.