Drawing Heat the Hard Way: How Wrestling Really Works

Drawing Heat the Hard Way: How Wrestling Really Works

by Larry Matysik
     
 

Thrilling but flawed, entertaining despite the swerves and double-crosses, captivating even when repugnant… professional wrestling has enjoyed the attention and loyalty of untold millions for nearly a century. How and why is precisely what Larry Matysik examines in his third book, Drawing Heat the Hard Way: How Wrestling Really Works. Wrestlers have their

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Thrilling but flawed, entertaining despite the swerves and double-crosses, captivating even when repugnant… professional wrestling has enjoyed the attention and loyalty of untold millions for nearly a century. How and why is precisely what Larry Matysik examines in his third book, Drawing Heat the Hard Way: How Wrestling Really Works. Wrestlers have their own private language, and in the unique world of wrestling “drawing heat” is a very good thing: the successful generation of crowd reaction and fan excitement. The Hard Way? That’s both exactly what it sounds like and something no one in the industry plans for: a legitimate and unintentional wound suffered because something’s gone awry. In Drawing Heat the Hard Way, Matysik explains what it takes to win the hearts and minds of wrestling fans, and how, at times, mistakes, controversy and unexpected turns of events have damaged the reputation or forever changed the business he loves. If anyone understands wrestling, the problem-child offspring of whatever “real” sport is, it’s Matysik. Drawing Heat the Hard Way takes on the way wrestling is booked or planned; analyzes the roles of wrestlers and announcers, and explores steroids as an industry and fan issue. It also considers wrestling’s power-brokers, from those who influence the business by reporting on it, like Dave Meltzer, to those who make the final decisions on what gets broadcast every week, like the omnipresent Vince McMahon, and even to those who influence the sport with their pocketbooks — the fans themselves. At times humorous, occasionally heartbreaking, always insightful, Drawing Heat the Hard Way is ultimately an objective take on what it means to be a wrestling fan, from someone who knows the business inside and out.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"I have really enjoyed reading Larry Matysik’s book Wrestling at the Chase, the story of St. Louis wrestling, featuring legendary promoter Sam Muchnick. St. Louis was as well promoted as any city in the world for many, many years. Nice job, Larry!” —Jim Ross, Raw Superstar, wwe.com

Larry Matysik may not be on your short list of professional wrestling greats, but he should be . . . If you have a keen interest in the nature of professional wrestling . . . this is the best book written on the subject."  —Figure Four Online and WrestlingObserver

"Matysik astutely explains that McMahon's dominance of the industry allows him to regularly change the face of pro wrestling into his own ever-evolving vision of . . . 'sports entertainment.'"   —Scripps Howard News Service

"Larry Matysik wonderfully sums up how wrestling should work and how it really does . . . This is a man who knows his stuff and it shows in his writing."  —411Mania.com

Figure Four Online and WrestlingObserver
Larry Matysik may not be on your short list of professional wrestling greats, but he should be ... If you have a keen interest in the nature of professional wrestling ... this is the best book written on the subject.
411Mania.com
Larry Matysik wonderfully sums up how wrestling should work and how it really does...This is a man who knows his stuff and it shows in his writing.
Georgia Wrestling Online
Incredible retelling of the tragic story ... Highly recommended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550228991
Publisher:
ECW Press
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)

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From the Publisher
"I have really enjoyed reading Larry Matysik’s book Wrestling at the Chase, the story of St. Louis wrestling, featuring legendary promoter Sam Muchnick. St. Louis was as well promoted as any city in the world for many, many years. Nice job, Larry!” —Jim Ross, Raw Superstar, wwe.com

Larry Matysik may not be on your short list of professional wrestling greats, but he should be . . . If you have a keen interest in the nature of professional wrestling . . . this is the best book written on the subject."  —Figure Four Online and WrestlingObserver

"Matysik astutely explains that McMahon's dominance of the industry allows him to regularly change the face of pro wrestling into his own ever-evolving vision of . . . 'sports entertainment.'"   —Scripps Howard News Service

"Larry Matysik wonderfully sums up how wrestling should work and how it really does . . . This is a man who knows his stuff and it shows in his writing."  —411Mania.com

Meet the Author

Larry Matysik is an independent promoter who has worked in the professional wrestling industry for more than 45 years. He is a former television announcer and publicist who worked for the World Wrestling Federation from 1984 to 1993. He is the author of Brody and Wrestling at the Chase. He lives in Belleville, Illinois.

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