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Wrestling at the Chase: The Inside Story of Sam Muchnick and the Legends of Professional Wrestling

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Wrestling at the Chase is a fond, informative, amusing, and even poignant look at the who’s who of professional wrestling and legendary St. Louis promoter Sam Muchnick. St. Louis was the capital, and Muchnick the ruler of professional wrestling, before Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Entertainment took over. What happened in St. Louis paved the way for today’s multi-billio ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published June 6th 2005 by ECW Press (first published June 1st 2005)
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Dan Schwent
Dec 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Larry Matysik takes us on a trip inside the inner workings of pro wrestling in St. Louis from the 50's until its demise in 1984, telling stories about such legendary pro wrestlers as Harley Race, Lou Thesz, and Dick Murdoch.

Here's a confession. I was a pro wrestling fan from age five until probably age thirty. And being a Missourian, I still have memories of Wrestling at the Chase. This book is loaded with interesting stories and anecdotes of what went on behind the scenes of what was, at one ti
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Lee
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I’m a big fan of NWA wrestling and loved this nostalgic look at Wrestling in St Louis which was promoted by the founder of the NWA Sam Muschnick. Loved the stories of the wrestlers who came thru, which was a who’s who of wrestling from the 40’s to the early 80’s, Ric Flair, Harley Race, Bruiser Brody, David Von Erich and others.
Lance Lumley
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book about some of the history of the St. Louis wrestling territory, which I only knew about via the Stanley Weston wrestling magazines in the 1980s-1990s. The book not only covers some of the great legends like Bobby Heenan, Bruno Sammartino, and others, but the author's relationship with the promoter Sam Muchnick. There is a heartwarming friendship and respect the writer gives to the promoter, along with his friendship with wrestler Bruiser Brody as well. This book is not ...more
Matt Murphy
Jun 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
In a business full of shady characters, St. Louis promoter and NWA pioneer Sam Muchnick was in a class of his own. By all accounts, he ran one of the finest territories in the world, bringing class and prestige to the arenas and treating fans with utmost respect.

Matysik, who worked side-by-side with Muchnick for many years, is an outstanding storyteller who brings a gone-but-not-forgotten territory back to life in Wrestling at the Chase. His passion for St. Louis wrestling is apparent on paper a
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Mark James
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I really enjoyed reading about the old days of St Louis wrestling. The author (Matysik) was there for many of the years it existed and does a wonderful job of telling the story of a great promotions glory days and later decline.
Brad
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ah, the memories!
Patrick
Feb 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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One of the best wrestling books ever
David Cassidy
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
very detailed on st louis being king of nwa and how much better the fans got their moneys worth,back in the day. Wrestlers were in it to give a good show
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