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Chokehold

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by Weldon T. Johnson
 

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This meticulously crafted and searing critique of pro wrestling is unlike any wrestling book published: Chokehold is a penetrating description of pro wrestling's dark side, a secret underworld of deception, exploitation and greed. The storyteller is "Big Jim" Wilson, All-American football player and survivor of seven years in the NFL, who was promised wealth and

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This meticulously crafted and searing critique of pro wrestling is unlike any wrestling book published: Chokehold is a penetrating description of pro wrestling's dark side, a secret underworld of deception, exploitation and greed. The storyteller is "Big Jim" Wilson, All-American football player and survivor of seven years in the NFL, who was promised wealth and the world championship as pro wrestler. Instead, Jim Wilson found a surprisingly lucrative sports entertainment industry built on a pyramid of secrets that included abusive control of its performers and a long history of illegal business practices and corruption of politicians and state athletic commissions. Chokehold describes and documents the abuses that Jim Wilson witnessed and endured - blacklisting, strong-arm tactics, homosexual blackmail, defiance of the U.S. Justice Department and bribery of TV executives and arena managers. Chokehold is an explosive indictment of the pro wrestling industry's business practices as well as a thoughtful proposal for pro wrestling's reform. This book is not a conventional expos' of pro wrestling's orchestrated stunts, gimmicks and blade jobs. Instead, it is an unprecedented examination of pro wrestling's less visible cons outside the ring -- its hidden manipulation of wrestlers with broken promises and broken bones and a backstage power of the pencil that writes scripts for wrestler stardom or extinction. Chokehold describes a secret slice of the wrestling life where traveling troupes of heels and babyfaces understand how they got into the game, but cannot find a way up or out. This is the story of why and how the big guys almost always lose. Chokehold is part autobiography and part pro wrestling history. Written in wrestlespeak (the industry's insider argot), it is dedicated to the memory of "the older boys whose broken bodies and shattered lives should have taught us something." In addition to Jim Wilson's experiences in The Bus

Editorial Reviews

Charleston Post & Courier
. . . a fascinating look at a rogue industry operating in a dark corner of a larger world of entertainment. . .
October 20, 2003
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Kudos to Jim Wilson and Weldon Johnson for producing one of the greatest historical books ever written about pro wrestling.
October 10, 2003
Wrestling Observer Newsletter
. . . probably the most important book on pro wrestling covering the second half of the 20th century.
October 13, 2003

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401072179
Publisher:
Xlibris Corporation
Publication date:
09/02/2003
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.25(d)

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J Michael Kenyon
Reveals more about the wrestling game than anything else written, probably as much as the rest of them put together. (Pro wrestling historian and reconteur)

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Chokehold 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Topwristlockandscissors More than 1 year ago
All I have to say is sensational. The late Jim Wilson did a sensational job writing this book. It's fascinating, revealing to say the least (so much for kayfabe), and Jim pulls no punches. This is one of the best books written on professional wrestling. It's right up there with Ole Anderson's Inside Out, Lou Thesz's Hooker and Fall Guys, the Barnum of Bounce by Marcus Griffin. If your a wrestling fan or just want to know what goes on behind the scenes of pro wrestling, then read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Outstanding book on the real history and problems of pro wrestling. You'll never be able to watch wrestling the same way after reading this book.