Physical Chess: My Life in Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestling

Physical Chess: My Life in Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestling

by Billy Robinson, Jake Shannon
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Physical Chess: My Life in Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestling by Billy Robinson, Jake Shannon

Behind the scenes with a pro wrestling and MMA legend

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770902152
Publisher: ECW Press
Publication date: 06/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 220
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Billy Robinson is 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 He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Physical Chess: My Life in Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestling 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago