Titan Screwed Lost Smiles Stunners and Screwjobs

Author: James Dixon
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1326981722
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James Dixon pairs up with Justin Henry in compiling the third book of the Titan series: Titan Screwed Titan Screwed provides a look at the WWF from January 1997 through WrestleMania XIV, covering every major element of the WWF's evolution into the Attitude Era. Stories detailed include the rise of Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels losing his smile, the heel turn of Bret Hart, WWF vs. ECW with Jerry Lawler pulling the strings, the death of Brian Pillman, Austin vs. Tyson, the seedy story elements that overtook WWF programming, the birth of the nefarious Mr. McMahon, and of course, Montreal: the build-up, the secret plotting, the match, the moment, and the aftermath in all of its incredible details. Exclusive author-conducted interviews for Titan Screwed include Ken Shamrock, Rob Van Dam, Jim Cornette, ""The Patriot"" Del Wilkes, Dr. Tom Prichard, Danny Doring, former ECW owner Tod Gordon, and more. ***Includes foreword from WrestleCrap's RD Reynolds***

The Death of WCW

Author: R. D. Reynolds
Publisher: ECW Press
ISBN: 155490255X
Format: PDF
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What went wrong with WCW? In 1997, World Championship Wrestling was on top. It was the number-one pro wrestling company in the world, and the highest-rated show on cable television. Each week, fans tuned in to Monday Nitro, flocked to sold-out arenas, and carried home truckloads of WCW merchandise. Sting, Bill Goldberg, and the New World Order were household names. Superstars like Dennis Rodman and KISS jumped on the WCW bandwagon. It seemed the company could do no wrong. But by 2001, however, everything had bottomed out. The company -- having lost a whopping 95% of its audience -- was sold for next to nothing to Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment. WCW was laid to rest. How could the company lose its audience so quickly? Who was responsible for shows so horrible that fans fled in horror? What the hell happened to cause the death of one of the largest wrestling companies in the world? The Death of World Championship Wrestling is the first book to take readers through a detailed dissection of WCW's downfall.

Wrestling Babylon

Author: Irv Muchnick
Publisher: ECW Press
ISBN: 155490286X
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Irvin Muchnick ' a widely published writer and nephew of the late, legendary St. Louis wrestling promoter Sam Muchnick ' has produced a book unlike any other on the astonishing growth of professional wrestling and its profound impact on mainstream sports and society. In Wrestling Babylon, he traces the demise of wrestling's old Mafia-like territories and the rise of a national marketing base thanks to cable television, deregulation and a culture-wide nervous breakdown. Naturally, the figure of WWE's Vince McMahon lurks throughout, but equally evident is the public's late-empire lust for bread, circuses, and blood. As this book demonstrates, the more cartoonishly unreal wrestling got, the more chillingly real it became. What truly distinguishes Wrestling Babylon, however, is Muchnick's ability to show how professional wrestling has become the ur-carnival for a culture that feeds on escapist displays of humiliation, revenge, fantasy characters, and sex. His People magazine article on Hulk Hogan blew the lid off the drug abuse of the sport's signature superstar. His award-winning Penthouse profile of the ill-starred Von Erich clan was the first to connect the dots between wrestling, televangelism, and MTV-style production values. His never-before-published investigation of the death of Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka's girlfriend suggests the cover-up of a murder. The book's appendix ' a comprehensive listing of the dozens of wrestlers who died prematurely over the last generation, with little or no attention ' is both a valuable resource for wrestling historians and a shocking document of the ruthless way sports entertainment eats its own.

The Story of the Development of NWATNA

Author: Jerry W. Jarrett
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 1412028787
Format: PDF, Kindle
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When the WWE bought WCW from Turner/Time Warner, they were basically the only professional wrestling company in the US. Jerry and Jeff Jarrett knew the needed capitol to begin a traditional wrestling company was beyond their resources. the father and son team realized that a new concept would be necessary to accomplish the task of starting a national wrestling company. Against great odds, the largest time allotment contract with the pay-per-view providers, InDemand and Direct TV was negotiated. With the seed money (1,000,000.00.) and a boat load of optimism, the Jarrett's set out to form a start up International wrestling company. After bankers promised loans and then withdrew at the last minute, Health South came in as the financing partner in the venture. Health South was forced to pull out without notice because of international problems and with a window of only 30 days, a replacement for Health South was found when Panda Energy bought into the project. The road was never an easy one. From discovering that a key man who handled the PPV end of the business was on the payroll of the company that handles WWE PPV's at the same time, to receiving forged documents form InDemand, to wrestlers that had verbally committed to NWATNA suddenly getting attractive contracts with WWE, the venture has survived. Today, two years after the launch, this company that insiders gave no chance of survival, has produced 90 weeks of pay-per-view programs, and is seen around the world on international television. NWATNA has secured a deal with a major television network.

Under the Mat

Author: Diana Hart
Publisher: Bolton, Ont. : Fenn Pub.
ISBN: 9781551682563
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Wrestling is real. It is an actual world, with real people and real lives. It is a world of superstars and egos, a world of money and greed, of family and fame and yet a place where tragedy and misery are all too common. It is a world far from the media and television cameras. It is a world far from the spectators and the commercialism, and it is the only world Diana Hart has ever known. It is the other side of the sport, the side beyond the lights, the side under the mat, where the real stories rest, hidden from the cameras, hidden from the fans and known to only those who live it each day. Diana Hart, a Calgary native, was born into a family where the world of wrestling was unavoidable. Her father Stu was a wrestling legend, her brother Brett The Hitman became one of the sports most notorious names, her brother Owen, another wrestling star was killed in the ring while performing an unsafe stunt. Her ex-husband, Davey Boy Smith was one half of the famous wrestling tag team, the British Bulldogs and her friends include the likes of Stone ColdSteve Austin, Hulk Hogan and The Rock. Her childhood baby sitter was Andre the Giant and her fathers friends who visited her childhood home included names like Mohammad Ali. Under the Mat recounts Dianas life, growing up in the Hart home, being sister to Owen and Brett, witnessing their rise to fame and the terrible tragedy, which claimed her younger brothers life. She remembers her father training some of the WWFs and WCWs biggest names in her familys basement gym and recounts their tales to stardom. Her story is the closest true-life account of the real world of professional wrestling and will prove to be the biggest, most sought after book this fall.

The Wrestlecrap Book of Lists

Author: R. D. Reynolds
Publisher: ECW Press
ISBN: 1554902878
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WrestlingÓł biggest mistakes, most comical mishaps, and most egotistical performers are all featured in this cornucopia of nonsense presented in top-10 list format.Lists include The Greatest Mullets in the History of the Game, Wrestlers Who Moonlighted in Porn, The Wrestling Divas Who Suffered the Greatest Falls from Grace, and The 25 Worst Gimmicks of All Time. Irreverent, off-kilter, and certain to be offensive to all, this compendium is a hilarious look at the lunacy of professional wrestling.

Development Hell The NXT Story

Author: Michael Sidgwick
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1326971670
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Development Hell: The NXT Story, penned by former Power Slam scribe and WhatCulture.com's own Michael Sidgwick, chronicles the history of WWE's NXT brand. NXT has drew universal critical acclaim for its fan service fusion of old-school booking philosophies and progressive body of in-ring work - but the road to critical acclaim was arduous. When WWE destroyed its territorial and mainstream competition, the monolith had also annihilated the talent pool. Replenishing it was an unenviable task made all the more difficult by a blase and counterproductive attitude and a curiously myopic direction. All of which is documented in a book covering the inauspicious beginnings of the dusty Stamford Farm warehouse and the murmurings of Memphis Power Pro, the halcyon days of Ohio Valley Wrestling, the infamous disaster of Deep South Wrestling and the literal lunacy that was Florida Championship Wrestling. The roots of the triumph that was NXT were toxic...

Shocking Wrestling Plans You Won t Believe Almost Happened

Author: Whatculture Com
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 9781326601195
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Featuring a foreword by wrestling legend Jim Cornette, and exclusive stories from former WWE writers, including Vince Russo. What if Undertaker had hatched out of a giant egg? What if Daniel Bryan hadn't got his WrestleMania XXX push? What if 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin had been named Chilly McFreeze? All of this nearly happened. What about those plans that never got off the drawing board? How different could the landscape of modern professional wrestling be had some of these shocking plans actually made it onto our screens? WhatCulture.com takes a journey behind the scenes to explore a host of what ifs, what might have beens, and what almost was. We look at proposed matches that never were, characters that could have been very different, booking plans that were changed at the last minute, promotional jumps that nearly happened, and backstage shenanigans that would have changed the business. We take you on a journey into a world of Shocking Wrestling Plans You Won't Believe Almost Happened!