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The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Heels

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As the first comprehensive look at the ruffians, rascals, and rule breakers in the wrestling business, this history explains the rise of the wrestling villain, the reasons for his (or her) success, and the impact these sordid characters have had on the sport. Based on first-hand interviews with hundreds of wrestlers, managers, promoters, and historians, these entertaining ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 15th 2007 by ECW Press (first published June 1st 2007)
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Mike
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This taught me so much about the business and the wrestlers. Hard-working guys, enterprising. Showmen. Impressive research, intelligent writing.

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acknowledgements: JMK and Scott Teal
10..the term "heel" was created by the press
17..Nature Boy Buddy Rogers a hell of a showman
21..he "could go into the ring with a broomstick and make the broomstick look good". (An old article also describes dad this way. (Wild Bill Zim) Maybe this was commonplace comparison?) ...more
Will
Feb 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
For a book that seriously lists Danny McShain and Boris Malenko over Ric Flair in the Top 20 list (and don't even get me started on Bill Longson over Fred Blassie!), this is a terrific. The entire "The Pioneers" section is worth buying alone just for the stories of people like Ted "King Kong" Cox and Billy Edwards. Nice blend of guys from all decades from recent stars like JBL and Randy Orton to forgotten names like Roger Kibry and The Missouri Mauler.
Daniel DeLappe
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fascinating read. Some of the shit the fans use to pull on the heels is unbelievable, There were a couple guys on this list that did not belong. Sports entertainment just does not cut it. Very readable and a load of fun to read. If you are a fan today compare these guys to today's sports entertainers.
Pat Devlin
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Fantastic, easy read. A lot of insight into the psychology of what makes a good heel in the wrestling industry. The biographies of the wrestlers are very in depth. You can tell they did a lot of painstaking research to make this book as informative as it is.
Mark James
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I really enjoyed reading this book. There are certain books that are hard to put down because they are done so well. This is one of those books.
Oliver Bateman
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another staggeringly good prosopography from the team of Johnson (definitely the better of the two writers) and Oliver (of SLAM! wrestling fame).
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A writer, editor, and stay-at-home dad, Greg Oliver has written extensively about hockey and professional wrestling. He was co-awarded the 2008 James Melby Memorial Award for wrestling journalist from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. A member of the Society for International Hockey Research, Greg lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his wife and son.
“From the managerial perspective, Sir Oliver Humperdink, a heinous sort for most of his career, said the release of pentup emotions might even have been healthy for mind and soul. "As heels, we were able to be as annoying and politically incorrect’ as possible.We were able to say and do what everyone probably wanted to say and do, but, for one reason or another, could never, ever get away with. And, by being able to do so, I generally found that my fellow heels were much more 'easygoing' than our babyface counterparts who had to 'toe the line.” 2 likes
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