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National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story of the Monopoly That Strangled Pro Wrestling Paperback – March 1, 2007
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Covering the beginning of the organization in 1948, with six founding members from across the nation, Hornbaker separates specific periods of the NWA with features on legendary wrestlers and personalities.
The focus of the text concerns a federal investigation in the 1950s concerning alleged monopolistic practices, which was settled in 1956 through an agreement signed by the NWA on specific guidelines to permit competition by independent promoters.
Under the leadership of Sam Muchnick - NWA president from 1950-1960 - pro wrestling emerged out of a substantial troubled economic period into a decade of great popularity - fueled by TV - and recognizable champions and belts. This was not sports-entertainment by any stretch of the imagination.
There are few wrestling books which delve into the subject with such depth, while placing events in a real historical perspective. And instead of being a stranglehold, it can be argued that the NWA kept the industry honest for the talent by having strict rules that promoters must adhere to; importantly, that they have the financial means to operate a territory.