Pain and Passion: The History of Stampede Wrestling [NOOK Book]

Overview

Established in the 1940s by the legendary Stu Hart, Stampede Wrestling was a founding wrestling company that was highly influential. This dramatic account follows Stampede’s blood-on-the-mat saga of more than 50 years, from its grassroots beginnings in Calgary to its rise and bitter fall. Despite hosting some of the biggest names in the sport and developing many modern day wrestling staples, such as ladder matches, the emergence in the 1980s of the wildly popular WWE ultimately doomed the Stampede league to ...
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Pain and Passion: The History of Stampede Wrestling

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Overview

Established in the 1940s by the legendary Stu Hart, Stampede Wrestling was a founding wrestling company that was highly influential. This dramatic account follows Stampede’s blood-on-the-mat saga of more than 50 years, from its grassroots beginnings in Calgary to its rise and bitter fall. Despite hosting some of the biggest names in the sport and developing many modern day wrestling staples, such as ladder matches, the emergence in the 1980s of the wildly popular WWE ultimately doomed the Stampede league to closure. The Hart family crumbled along with the league, with son Owen dying in the ring and other members torn apart by begrudging feuds and internal strife. Full of violence, sex, and drugs, this is a gripping tale of the birth of professional wrestling.
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Editorial Reviews

Miami Herald
McCoy deftly resurrects the iconic status that Stu Hart's family once enjoyed among wrestling fans worldwide. A wild blood-on-the-mat saga and a powerful drama that will captivate readers.
NY Daily News
Throughout the tale, you meet wild and wacky characters like the McGuire brothers tag team, who made the Guinness World Book of Records as the world's heaviest twins (Benny bent the scales at 814 and Billy bounced in at 784). Or a guy who tried to drink Canada dry (not easy considering the size of Canada) and a man who kept a bear in his house until one day he forgot to lock the cage!
About.com
Riveting story detailing the rise, fall, and rebirth of the Hart wrestling dynasty.
411mania.com
An excellent read, well-researched, wonderfully written . . . and brutally honest, balanced and filled with real passion.
Online World of Wrestling
I can't say enough good things about [this book]. This is easily one of the top five wrestling books of all time and I recommend everyone pick up a copy today and read it.
Sub-Terrain
McCoy has gone to great lengths to put together an intensely detailed history of a genuine Canadian cultural institution. . . . There's plenty of blood and good storytelling.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554902996
  • Publisher: ECW Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Revised edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 513,988
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author


Heath McCoy is a pop culture reporter and rock critic for the Calgary Herald. His coverage of Stampede Wrestling won a Western Canadian Magazine Award. He lives in Calgary, Alberta.

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