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Tributes: Remembering Some of the World's Greatest Wrestlers Hardcover – October 1, 2001
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About the Author
Dave Meltzer has been described as the 'world champion of sportswriters'. For nearly 20 years he has published The Wrestling Observer, a weekly newsletter covering the entire world of professional wrestling... not just the Unites States but Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan... anywhere else wrestling news is being made. Each week, the Wrestling Observer is packed full with comprehensive news about the personalities, events and especially the behind-the-scenes action. Is a must-read news voice in the wrestling industry by fans and professionals alike.
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I read through this book in about a 24 hour period. It was tough to put down. I was completely unfamiliar with a couple of the wrestlers (Jumbo and Ray Stevens), and Meltzer did a fantastic job putting their careers into historical context. He also often provides sad details of their last days or hours on earth (Junkyard Dog missing his daughter's high school graduation party was especially heartbreaking).
Without all the color pictures, you're probably looking at like 80-100 pages of text. All of it good, but just feel like we could have used a bit more on each talent just to fill in the gaps a bit more. With that said, I'm going to order the sequel right NOW!
Of course, it's not only death that counts. Ask yourself why Lou Thesz, Bruno Sammartino or even Kurt Angle haven't yet appeared on ESPN's "SportsCentury". Wrestlers are the equivilent of Rodney Dangerfield: they get no respect.
A good remedy for this neglect can be found in the writings of Dave Meltzer. In 1981 he founded "The Wrestling Observer," a publication that comes as close to the definitive word on the game as one will find. And one of the strong points of the Observer is its obits. They cover every wrestler, whether superstar or starting out, providing the information necessary to fill in the lines of that person's life and doing the wrestling fan a serious favor in the process.
Now Meltzer has published a book of Tributes to those who made wrestling . . . well, wrestling. From the legendary Buddy Rogers to the tragic Rick Rude to the always hopeful Louis Spicoli, Meltzer covers 20 of these lives in his inimitable style. Owen Hart, Fritz Von Erich, Andre the Giant, even Yokozuna are there, larger than life, only with the blanks filled in. An absolute must-have for any wrestling fan.
It must also be noted that the book is a nicely bound hardcover, the pages sewn tight to last. Considering the author and at a price this is what in the consumer magazines consitiutes a "best buy."