The secret history of the real fighters in pro - wrestling
Shooters recounts the stories of athletes like Brock Lesnar and Gene LeBell, men who have lived their lives on the border between ''works'' and ''shoots,'' between the routines of the professional wrestling circuit and the legitimate confrontations that made their reputations. From catch wrestling masters Strangler Lewis and Billy Robinson to pro - wrestling icons like Frank Gotch and Lou Thesz, from Olympic heroes Danny Hodge and Kurt Angle to the Japanese wrestler who trained the famous Gracie family and gave birth to the global phenomenon of MMA, Shooters takes you from the shadowy carnival tent and the dingy training hall to the bright lights of the squared circle and the Las Vegas glitz of the Octagon. This volume takes fans of pro wrestling and MMA from Billy Riley's legendary Wigan Snake Pit to the rigorous UWF Dojo in Tokyo, and draws on meticulous research and original interviews with today's tough guys.
|Edition description:||Large Print|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.38(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
First off I'll give a quick disclaimer, I don't care for professional wrestling at all. I watched it in the late 80's early 90's but since then it hasn't held any interest for me. I got a copy of this book based on a review I saw on it on MMATorch. This book gives a great look at the history of wrestling back in the days when some contests were real and there were a lot of promoters running their own smaller shows. Starting with the first big name pro wrestlers in the late 1800's the book takes a trip all the way through the days of Brock Lesnar having to leave the UFC due to his illness. I found the stories of the old school wrestlers pretty incredible. While the winners and losers were mostly chosen through internal promotion politics there was always a chance your opponent wouldn't be happy to take a fall and would actually fight back for real. The days were men were fighting many times a day in carnivals, taking all challengers with survivors earning a cash prize. All of those stories were interesting, but the book really drew me in with the stories of the pro wrestling in Japan. That was where I started to see more names that I recognized due to being an MMA fan. There is a lot of great info on a lot of the names that currently are spoken of on a regular basis. Sakuraba was especially cool to learn about for me. If you currently follow MMA, were ever a fan of pro wrestling, or appreciate the stories of the men who pioneered popularity of some of the combat sports this is a great book for you. It will really bring into focus the fact that, while the outcomes are predetermined, there is nothing fake about the athleticism of the men who dedicate their lives to entertainment wrestling. I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.
5 Stars well written and a highly recommended book that will open your eyes into the works and I mean "work" of the Gracies and Ken and Frank Shamrock
A white shecat lays in her den.