Wrestling at the Chase: The Inside Story of Sam Muchnick and the Legends of Professional Wrestling

Wrestling at the Chase: The Inside Story of Sam Muchnick and the Legends of Professional Wrestling

by Larry Matysik
     
 

?Wrestling at the Chase is a fond, informative, amusing, and even poignant look at the who’s who of professional wrestling and legendary St. Louis promoter Sam Muchnick. St. Louis was the capital, and Muchnick the ruler of professional wrestling, before Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Entertainment took over. What happened in St. Louis paved the way

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?Wrestling at the Chase is a fond, informative, amusing, and even poignant look at the who’s who of professional wrestling and legendary St. Louis promoter Sam Muchnick. St. Louis was the capital, and Muchnick the ruler of professional wrestling, before Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Entertainment took over. What happened in St. Louis paved the way for today’s multi-billion-dollar sports entertainment industry. The centrepiece of this magical operation was “Wrestling at the Chase,” a television program which broadcast from 1959 to 1983 from the majestic Chase Hotel. Larry Matysik was Muchnick’s protégé and longtime announcer for the television show. With an insider’s eye for detail and accuracy, he recalls funny and amazingly touching tales about the characters who created professional wrestling as we know it. Ric Flair, “King Kong” Brody, Dick “the Bruiser,” the Von Erichs, Lou Thesz, Gene Kiniski, Pat O’Connor, Johnny Valentine, Dick Murdoch, Harley Race, Buddy Rogers, Jack Brisco, and Andre the Giant are all prominently featured. So is Muchnick himself, the Damon Runyan of wrestling, a man who helped mould the bizarre business of circus and sport. The savage twists of the politics of wrestling are on display as well, particularly the changes that rocked the mat world during the early ’80s.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Simulates the sensation of sitting around a table...listening to your uncles tell stories of their youths."  —Sauce Magazine 

"A fond look backwards at the glory days of wrestling."  —Shelf Life

"Details St. Louis' rich wrestling tradition as one of the country's top venues throughout the 1960s and 1970s."  —Belleville News-Democrat

"With objectivity and candor...Larry Matysik brings to life an honest, hard-hitting, and emotional account."  —Left Bank Books

"Consider Matysik's book an essential read."  —St. Louis Post-Dispatch

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Consider Matysik's book an essential read."
Sauce Magazine
"Simulates the sensation of sitting around a table...listening to your uncles tell stories of their youths."
Shelf Life
"A fond look backwards at the glory days of wrestling."
Belleville News-Democrat
"Details St. Louis' rich wrestling tradition as one of the country's top venues throughout the 1960s and 1970s."
Left Bank Books
"With objectivity and candor...Larry Matysik brings to life an honest, hard-hitting, and emotional account."
CurledUp.com
"A little bit biography, a little bit of history, but all fun."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550226843
Publisher:
ECW Press
Publication date:
04/01/2005
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
1,261,930
Product dimensions:
6.82(w) x 9.76(h) x 0.63(d)

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Meet the Author


Larry Matysik started working for Sam Muchnick in 1963. He also worked for Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation from 1984 to 1993, and has since been involved in independent wrestling promotions. He lives in Belleville, Illinois.

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