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Squared Circle Blues: A Novel of Professional Wrestling

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1984: the dirty days of American territorial wrestling. Baltimore's top wrestling star, King Snake MacEvoy, leaves his abusive and foul-mouthed promoter, Matt Gash, for more money and a starring role in New York. Big mistake. A mistake: soon, both Snake's career and Gash's business are on the road to ruin. Snake faces a gang of locker room bullies and sabotage by his ruthl ...more
Kindle Edition, 294 pages
Published October 29th 2016 by Rugby Press
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Khaled Talib
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Back in the eighties, I knew only two names in the wrestling world - Andre the Giant of France (who also made movie and TV cameos) and Antonio Inoki of Japan (he fought Muhammad Ali during a celebrity match).

The point is, that’s as far as my knowledge of wrestling goes. So, I didn't think I could relate to this novel by Matt Posner. I have no interest in this sport.

But Squared Circle Blues is more than a story about men thrashing each other on the ring’s floorboard. It's a story of seediness, c
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Mysti Parker
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For a kid who grew up in the 80's watching wrestling greats such as Andre the Giant, Jerry Lee Lawyer and Tojo Yamamoto, this book brought back a lot of memories. Back then, I believed the acting was real, that there were "good" and "bad" characters, but Squared Circle Blues takes you beyond the ring and delivers a much harsher background to the staged reality. Though the characters are fictional, they are based on the author's extensive research into the wrestling industry of the 80's, which is ...more
Andrew McCoy
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
SQUARED CIRCLE BLUES: A Novel of Professional Wrestling is exactly what it says on the tin, a novel of pro wrestling. Author Matt Posner pulls no punches, paints no glosses, makes no excuses for the milieu, the characters, or their actions. Pro wrestling turns out exactly as expected, only more violent, more dangerous, more crooked and more ruinous of the lives of innocent bystanders.

SQUARED CIRCLE BLUES rings true because it is true to the spirit and the detail of pro wrestling, which isn’t a
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I am a writer and teacher from New York City. I have ties to North Carolina and Florida also. I teach special education English in the NYC public schools and also teach college part-time and do SAT and SHSAT preparation. I have MFA in fiction from University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, MA in writing from Florida State, and BA in Humanities from New College of Florida. I am married to Julie since 1999. ...more