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Biographical Dictionary of Professional Wrestling
Though they are usually ignored by sportswriters and entertainment reporters alike, the popularity of professional wrestlers is undeniable. The competitors are both gifted athletes and showbiz pros, and few among the sports millions of fans are overly concerned with whether pro wrestling is "legitimate." Many of the best wrestlers have excelled in athletic competition outs ...more
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by McFarland & Company
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It's really the only reference book of its kind, but there are enough inaccuracies to fill a two-ring battle royal. Granted information on the business was much harder to come by when this book was written, and factual information was often well nigh impossible to gather. There's not much here that one couldn't get from message boards like Kayfabe Memories and Wrestling Classics, which are crawling with learned wrestling historians. That said, I'm glad it's on my bookshelf.