By Steven Johnson, Greg Oliver

ISBN-10: 1550227599

ISBN-13: 9781550227598

Because the first complete examine the ruffians, rascals, and rule breakers within the wrestling enterprise, this heritage explains the increase of the wrestling villain, the explanations for his (or her) good fortune, and the impression those sordid characters have had at the recreation. in keeping with first-hand interviews with 1000's of wrestlers, managers, promoters, and historians, those exciting profiles document wrestling’s best rotten apples from the Nineteen Twenties to this present day, offering lots of help for the book's declare that lovers like to hate the undesirable men up to they like to love the heroes. With amazing candor, wrestling’s troublemakers clarify why they turned villains and the way they perceived and honed their roles; the game is richer for the presence of the nefarious ones—and they are aware of it. With greater than a hundred and fifty never-before-seen pictures, this publication will fulfill committed fanatics and encourage every body else to have a look at the interesting and sometimes weird and wonderful international wrestling.

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I had about two hours of sleep,” veteran star Lanny Poffo recalled. Legendary manager Bobby Heenan said The Sheik was his favorite villain. “This guy started hardcore wrestling. He would 28 THE PRO WRESTLING HALL OF FAME: THE HEELS Courtesy Wrestling Revue Archives 3. THE SHEIK stick you with a screwdriver. He threw fire,” Heenan said. “Plus, he never spoke. He never did an interview. He never spoke a word of English. He terrified people. He didn’t take bumps. He didn’t have to take bumps. If he had taken bumps, he would have been just another guy.

Rogers was the sport’s top gate attraction for the better part of two decades, until he lost the World Wide Wrestling Federation world title to Bruno Sammartino in May 1963, and essentially ended his active career. In his most famous match, he drew a record 38,600 to Chicago’s Comiskey Park in June 1961, when he beat Pat O’Connor for the National Wrestling Alliance championship. While he served some duty as a fan favorite, especially early in his career under his real name of Herman “Dutch” Rohde, he was meant to be a heel.

Some of these standards are quantifiable, such as longevity as INTRODUCTION 15 16 THE PRO WRESTLING HALL OF FAME: THE HEELS Courtesy Wrestling Revue Archives a heel, the size of the box offices they drew, and the number and quality of territories where they worked as a main-event heel. Some of them are more subjective, such as their ability to work different styles of matches, or the reasons for their success. In every case, we’ve tried to emphasize a couple of factors we think are most important — their responsibility for significant historical innovations, and their influence on later generations of wrestlers.

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