The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: Heroes and Icons

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Theagood guys of professional wrestling take the spotlight in this comprehensive examination ofathe memorable characters who inspired fans, aproviding insight into what makes a great hero. Compiled using firsthand interviews with hundreds of wrestlers, managers, promoters, and historians, these entertaining profiles document wrestlingOCOs golden boys from the 1930s to today. It discusses the roles of wrestling superstars that include Hulk Hogan, Dusty Rhodes, and The Rock as well as lesser-known figures, including Tiger Jeet Singh and Whitey Caldwell. With more than 100 action-packed photos, this engaging and informative book invites both devoted fans and newcomers to the sport to appreciate the rich history of these esteemed performers."
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About the author

Steven Johnson is the author of articles on business, politics, and sports in dozens of newspapers and magazines, and the coauthor of Benoit and coauthor of The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Tag Teams. He lives in Springfield, Virginia. Greg Oliver has been covering professional wrestling for two decades for the SLAM! Sports wrestling website, the Canadian Wrestling Report, and other magazines and newspapers. He is the author of The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Canadians and coauthor of The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Tag Teams. He lives in Toronto. Mike Mooneyham has been one of the world’s leading wrestling journalists for more than 20 years. He is the coauthor of Sex, Lies, and Headlocks: The Real Story of Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina. J. J. Dillon is a retired professional wrestler and manager, best remembered as the leader of the wrestling group the Four Horsemen, which consisted of Nature Boy, Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, and Ole Anderson. He will be elected into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012. He lives in Delaware.
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Publisher
ECW Press
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Published on
Jan 11, 2013
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Pages
550
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ISBN
9781770902695
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Language
English
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Genres
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Sports
Sports & Recreation / General
Sports & Recreation / Wrestling
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This book confronts the wrestling industrys traditional practice of punishing wrestlers who refuse

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