The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: Heroes and Icons

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Professional wrestling has always been about the forces of evil trying to undermine everything good. Every villainous heel needs a hero to battle against - someone the fans can root for and look up to. Heroes and Icons is an in-depth look at the protagonists of pro wrestling. The authors have left out nothing, examining the professional wrestling world from the 1930s until now. Not limiting themselves to household names, the authors dig deeper to tell the story of forgotten heroes and regional stars. Most of all, Heroes and Icons asks, What makes a great hero?''
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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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