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Legends of Pro Wrestling: 150 Years of Headlocks, Body Slams, and Piledrivers

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Legends of Pro Wrestling offers the first comprehensive look at the entire world of wrestling. With detailed biographies and neverbefore- seen statistics of some of the greatest athletes in the sport, you will be able to read about hundreds of wrestlers, dating back to the mid-1800s. As the first of its kind, this centralized reference allows wrestling enthusiasts a range ...more
ebook, 560 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Sports Publishing (first published July 1st 2012)
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Glen
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A great resource for wrestlers past and present, going back to the 19 century. It has pictures of every wrestler, and a short bio. The only quibble I have is that they left some fairly major wrestlers out: Bobby Roope and Tatanka off the top of my head, but there will be other editions, I'm sure.

Required reading for any wrestling fan.
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Nicholas Bobbitt
It's a solid look at the timeframe and the major wrestlers get good coverage. An issue it has is that it attempted to timestamp itself and included "modern" wrestlers which have, in the intervening years, become more than what their entries would indicate. But that is the peril Hornbaker faced while making it. Other than its dryness and out-of-date entries, this is a solid book. ...more
jersey9000
Oct 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a great, informative book to have around if you are a wrestling fan. Pretty much any wrestler who ever did anything on a large scale has an entry here, with an accompanying photo. What makes it work it to me is it starts with guys from the 1880s, a period of wrestling I know almost nothing about, minus a few names here and there. I found it to be informative and interesting. It is a pretty dry read, but this is more an encyclopedia than anything else. A good coffee table "flip through" ...more
Arthur O'dell
If you are interested in the history of professional wrestling, this is a decent reference book. Because it groups wrestler by time periods, it is annoying that it lacks a fully alphabetical index. An index of alternate names would have also been useful. There is also no standard criteria for which wrestlers are included and which ones aren't, leaving some unexplainable gaps in coverage. The statistics are not really useful, and are also annoyingly incomplete. But the mini biographies give more ...more
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I received this book in a Goodreads.com giveaway. This book is a must have for any major pro-wrestling fan. It's a complete registry of all professional wrestlers from the last 150 years. Each page is packed with info. It includes every detail you could ever imagine: from their signature moves to titles won to family members affiliated with wrestling. ...more
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