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This hysterical and informative look at the sports entertainment industry, written by the hosts of the longest-running professional wrestling radio show in history, reveals the answers to wrestling's deepest, darkest mysteries. Enlisting the help of some of the sport's biggest stars, including Steve Austin, Kamala, Chyna, and Sid Vicious, this wealth of insider information leaves no turnbuckle unsearched and no foreign object left behind. Who was the toughest wrestler outside of the ring? Just how much influence has Hulk Hogan exerted in getting jobs for his buddies? Did the Kliq really run wrestling? The answers to these and other important questions are revealed in this no-holds-barred tell-all.
ï»¿ Mysteries of Wrestling Author: Adam Kleinberg Author: Adam Nudelman Table of Contents Introduction: Get in the Ring 1 Was there really a cannibal in wrestling? 2 Who's the toughest guy in wrestling? 3 Did the Kliq control wrestling? 4 Is wrestling genetic? 5 Why does Steve Austin hate Jeff Jarrett? 6 Was ECW the best promotion ever? 7 Has the Internet ruined wrestling? 8 Is Paul Orndorff dead? 9 Are referees blind? 10 Is Hulk Hogan the best friend a wrestler can have? 11 Is wrestling fake? 12 Is there life after wrestling? Description This hysterical and informative look at the sports entertainment industry, written by the hosts of the longest-running professional wrestling radio show in history, reveals the answers to wrestling's deepest, darkest mysteries. Enlisting the help of some of the sport's biggest stars, including Steve Austin, Kamala, Chyna, and Sid Vicious, this wealth of insider information leaves no turnbuckle unsearched and no foreign object left behind. Who was the toughest wrestler outside of the ring? Just how much influence has Hulk Hogan exerted in getting jobs for his buddies? Did the Kliq really run wrestling? The answers to these and other important questions are revealed in this no-holds-barred tell-all. Excerpt Was There Really a Cannibal in Wrestling?Kevin Sullivan: The original Sheik was a dear friend of mine and he was the Sheik twenty-four hours a day. I mean his credit card said â€œA. Sheik.â€ He didnâ€™t speak and thatâ€™s why I think he was successful for so long.A professional wrestling match comes down to two, three or four athletes, all competing to win. And athletes, like others from all walks of life, come in different shapes and sizes. However, wrestling throws an interesting factor into the mix, something no other â€œsportâ€ can offer â€” the gimmick. While youâ€™ve never seen a baseball player wearing a cape or a hockey player dressed up like a member of kiss, over the years there have been wrestlers who impersonated everything from clowns to Elvis. And some of the characters that these wrestlers portrayed have been so out there that most people are left walking away wondering what these guys are really like outside of the ring.Bobby â€œthe Brainâ€ Heenan: Hmmm. Well, let me put it this way. I wouldnâ€™t want none of them to do my taxes, or to give me a vasectomy or circumcision. Would you? â€œThe Brainâ€ has a point. But what weâ€™ve discovered is that the further off the beaten path a wrestler appears on tv, the more interested wrestling fans become in learning what theyâ€™re like outside of the ring. And the most intriguing of the gimmick wrestlers are the group who portrayed savages, lunatics and cannibals. In researching this book, we spoke with everyone from Kamala to the Missing Link, and the one thing they all agreed upon is that not speaking all of those years was tough on them. They are a unique group, and to understand their mindset, you have to speak with the most legendary gimmick wrestler of all time, George â€œthe Animalâ€ Steele.George â€œthe Animalâ€ Steele: Thereâ€™s a lot of history behind George â€œthe Animalâ€ Steele that people donâ€™t understand â€” because theyâ€™re young and George was around a long time. When I first went to New York in the WWWF, in about 1967, I had no manager. I did all my own talking. And I was pretty articulate, believe it or not.Being a full-time Phys Ed. teacher in his home state of Michigan, George only wrestled part time for most of his career. Basically, wrestling was his summer job. Nonetheless, his legacy of being a green-tongued animal that couldnâ€™t speak started, oddly enough, while he was doing a promo.George â€œthe Animalâ€ Steele: Iâ€™m talking, the Grand Wizardâ€™s talking, and he looked at me. He shut the mic off; he said, â€œLetâ€™s do that again, youâ€™re making too much sense for an animal.â€ Well, it kind of pissed me off. So I figured Iâ€™ll show them. So the cameras come back on, weâ€™re doing the interview, and the mic comes to me and I went, â€œUhhh, uhhh.â€ And he said, â€œThatâ€™s it. Thatâ€™s what I want.â€ I went, â€œOh crap.â€ I liked doing interviews. SIR ADAM Maybe if I start calling Phantom an animal heâ€™ll finally stop talking so much.PHANTOM So what do I have to call you to shut your fancy transplanted British face? You know, I canâ€™t imagine not being able to talk. Actually, I canâ€™t even imagine having a gimmick. Thank God... Author Bio Adam Kleinberg Adam Kleinberg is cohost of the "Get in the Ring" radio show. He lives in Dix Hills, New York Adam Nudelman Adam Nudelman is a television producer, and writer, host, and producer of "Get in the Ring" radio. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Reviews It's breezy, easy reading and besides being humorous, it has the most important thing: 100 photos. Even when you think you've got the inside story on a particular issue, Mysteries of Wrestling gives you important perspectives.
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