Headlocks and Dropkicks: A Butt-Kicking Ride through the World of Professional Wrestling
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Headlocks and Dropkicks: A Butt-Kicking Ride through the World of Professional Wrestling

by Ted Kluck
     
 

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Is it sport or is it entertainment? As presented by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., the most well-known promoter of professional wrestling, it is hard for the uninitiated to tell. A refuge for the very athletic, and often a breeding ground for the highly dysfunctional, professional wrestling is, in the truest sense, life on the fringes.

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Is it sport or is it entertainment? As presented by World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., the most well-known promoter of professional wrestling, it is hard for the uninitiated to tell. A refuge for the very athletic, and often a breeding ground for the highly dysfunctional, professional wrestling is, in the truest sense, life on the fringes.

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". . . [A] fascinating history and engaging personal account of pro-wrestling's background figures, center ring personalities, and day-to-day realities. Informed and informative, Headlocks and Dropkicks will prove to be a popular addition to academic and community library Sports & Athletics reference collections, and is especially commended to the attention of non-specialist general readers with an interest in the colorful and raucous world of professional wrestling." - Midwest Book Review - Wisconsin Bookwatch

"Kluch is a sports writer and columnist who previously tackled boxing, professional football and college football, and he underwent his own training program to become a professional wrestler in order to provide general readers with insights into the industry, the personalities and the "tricks of the trade." The author interviews wrestlers, promoters and bookers to detail the workout regimens, politics and the still popular themes of good vs. evil that define most competitions. Appendices include a glossary of wrestling terminology as well as a critique of modern wrestling publications." - Reference & Research Book News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313354816
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/2009
Pages:
161
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

Ted A. Kluck is the author of Facing Tyson: Fifteen Fighters, Fifteen Stories (2006), Paper Tiger: One Athlete's Journey to the Underbelly of Pro Football (2007), and Game Time: Inside College Football (2007). His work has appeared in many of the most prominent sports publications, including: ESPN the Magazine, Sports Spectrum Magazine, ESPN.com, and several small literary journals. A bi-monthly column for Sports Spectrum Magazine entitled Pro and Con won the Evangelical Press Association award for best standing column.

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