Physical Chess: My Life in Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestling [NOOK Book]

Overview


In this fascinating autobiography, Billy Robinson recounts his upbringing in post-WWII England amid a family of champion fighters, his worldwide travels as a wrestler, his time as a pro wrestling TV star, and his career as a coach to some of the biggest names in mixed martial arts. For the first time, Billy Robinson sets the record straight on: • who won the infamous street fight between him and the grandfather of superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. • how his family was pivotal in introducing “God of Wrestling”...
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Physical Chess: My Life in Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestling

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Overview


In this fascinating autobiography, Billy Robinson recounts his upbringing in post-WWII England amid a family of champion fighters, his worldwide travels as a wrestler, his time as a pro wrestling TV star, and his career as a coach to some of the biggest names in mixed martial arts. For the first time, Billy Robinson sets the record straight on: • who won the infamous street fight between him and the grandfather of superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. • how his family was pivotal in introducing “God of Wrestling” Karl Gotch to Billy Riley’s gym and the sport of catch-as-catch-can wrestling. • the accomplishments of some of the greatest competitive grapplers the world has ever seen and that you’ve likely never heard of before. This memoir fills a crucial gap in the history of catch-as-catch-can wrestling and shares the intriguing details of Billy’s life, in his own inimitable voice.
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Editorial Reviews

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"[A]n opportunity to learn about a legend not only in professional wrestling internationally but in mixed martial arts as well . . . I would recommend this book to anyone who was interested in learning about the early days of Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling." —onlineworldofwrestling.com

"In this book Billy Robinson takes the opportunity to set the record straight on a number of subjects, but it is much more than that. It is an opportunity to learn about a legend not only in professional wrestling internationally but in mixed martial arts as well. . . . I would recommend this book to anyone who was interested in learning about the early days of Catch-As-Catch-Can." —www.OnlineWorldOfWrestling.com

"Along the way we hear great stories about some of the legendary wrestling cities and stars like Karl Gotch. At 141 pages it's a great quick read with great stories for anyone that is a fan of catch-as-catch-can (today MMA) and pro wrestling." —www.RedCarpetCrash.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770902152
  • Publisher: ECW Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 399,796
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author


Billy Robinsonis a British professional wrestler and catch wrestling instructor. He has trained in Japan with mixed martial arts fighters in catch wrestling, and he has won titles nearly everywhere he has wrestled, including the United States, Europe, North America, Asia, and Oceania. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas. Jake Shannon is the author of "Say Uncle!" and the founder of www.ScientificWrestling.com. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Table of Contents

Foreword v

Beginnings 1

Wigan Days 17

Wrestling the World Over 45

The Business 73

Rebirth in Japan 115

Physical Chess 137

Thank You 143

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2012

    Are you willing to open your mind?

    The genius in this book (and the author, Billy Robinson) lies NOT in the way he communicates to the reader (there are many context errors, self-congratulatory comments and blatant misspellings), it lies in a story of a man telling his story, unflinchingly, and the story of concept (catch as catch can) that many men (some of the more prominent catch wrestlers are mentioned) and their styles, attitudes and dispositions are described in a crude (meaning as in writing style), but honest, and very real, manner.
    This book is written for pro wrestling or MMA geeks like me. But anyone who enjoys reading about post WWII history and the sacrifice a person (or a group of people) is willing to endure to chase a far off dream will enjoy this book, warts and all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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