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									Between the Ropes
Author: Brian Fritz
Author: Christopher Murray
Table of Contents

Acknowledgements iv
Foreword — Steve Corino vii
Introduction ix
Between the Ropes, PART 1 1
WCW 13
Between the Ropes, PART II 61
ECW 77
Between the Ropes, PART III 125
Between the Ropes, PART IV 205
TNA 219
Between the Ropes, PART V 279
The Future 293
Between the Ropes Audio Index 297

The power players behind the wildly popular and often controversial world of professional wrestling are
examined in this chronological look at the past 10 years of wrestling entertainment. The competition
between the four major wrestling organizations—World Championship Wrestling (WCW), the World
Wrestling Federation (later renamed as World Wrestling Entertainment [WWE]), Extreme Championship
Wrestling (ECW), and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA)—is rendered in detail, from wrestling's late-
90s resurgence and the financial troubles of WCW and ECW to WWE's singular dominance and TNA's
present-day struggle for market share. The reasons behind pro wrestling's popularity surge are explored in
terms of key statistics such as television ratings, pay-per-view buy rates, and live-event attendance, as
well as how the major organizations have capitalized—or not—on wrestling's trends. Commentary from
the authors' seven-year-old weekly wrestling radio program is featured throughout alongside opinions from
The Rock, Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold, and Vince McMahon.

Brian, I just don’t think there is a place for a show on pro wrestling on this station. I’d rather stick to real
sports.Those were the immortal words of Dick Sheets, the program director at WQTM back in July 1997
when I approached him about doing a radio show strictly on professional wrestling. I can’t blame the guy
for shooting down the idea either, but that doesn’t mean I liked it.Seriously, I was just a rookie in the
radio business, only twenty-four years old and having worked at Central Florida’s Sports Radio 540 The
Team for less than a year. I had never been on the air before,much less hosted a show, and I truly had no
idea what I was trying to get into. Dick knew I was greener than grass, and wasn’t about to put me on the
air, especially hosting a show on pro wrestling.Dick was always hard on me during my early days at the
radio station, and rightfully= so. I had to pay my dues like everyone else when it came to the different
duties there. I wanted to be on the air in some capacity, whether it was part of a show or simply doing the
sports updates. But I was far from ready.He would grill me on a regular basis, making me cut demo tapes
and picking them apart with his keen ear. I wasn’t too happy with his assessment most times, but he
was the boss, and he knew best. Who was I to say he was wrong? He was a respected radio man, who
had been running major radio stations longer than I had been walking on God’s green earth. The man at
least took the time to speak with me and go over the little things, making sure that I was truly prepared
when I finally got to pop my radio cherry.But just because Dick shot down my idea then, it didn’t mean
that I forgot about it.Wrestling was hot. I mean scorching, fireball hot. You had two big promotions fighting
one another, putting on kickass programming each and every week, trying to one-up each other. The war
between the WWF and WCW continued to heat up week after week, as the two sides showed nothing
but contempt for one other. This was one of the great times in wrestling history, and I was soaking it
up.World Championship Wrestling was hitting an unbelievable peak, with the nWo crashing the show,
taking their no-holds-barred attitude to new levels. The World Wrestling Federation had its own
uncontrollable group in Degeneration X, who would stun people with their brash behavior on television.
Plus, a new star had burst onto the scene like no one had done before. Stone Cold Steve Austin. On top
of all this, Extreme Championship Wrestling, a renegade promotion out of Philadelphia, was pushing the
limits inside and outside the ring with its outlaw performers and unbelievable wrestling, throwing out the
rules of the past to create its own wrestling genre which caught on with its fanatical fan base.Wrestling
was big — bigger than ever before — and I wanted to talk about it on the radio. I was sure there was an
audience for it, since millions of people were tuning in every week and spending an enormous amount of
cash on wrestling tickets, pay-per-views, and merchandise. You couldn’t walk down the street with
someone wearing an nWo or a Stone Cold shirt. Wrestling was in, and I wanted to discuss it on the
air.But that would have to wait, because the station I worked at wasn’t interested in a program unless it
was about a real, bona fide sport. Luckily, I had several things going for me. First, the popularity of
wrestling was not going away. In fact, it continued to grow with Steve...
Author Bio
Brian Fritz
Brian Fritz is the lead host of the Between the Ropes wrestling radio show. He is a host and producer for
various live talk shows and sporting events for WQTM 740 AM and covers professional wrestling for The
Orlando Sentinel. He lives in Orlando, Florida.

Christopher Murray
Christopher Murray is a cohost of Between the Ropes. He lives in Staten Island, New York.<br/>

It's an honest wrestling book . . . chock full with inside information coming from eight years of doing the
radio show.

The book covers it all, and in a way that provides truly unique insights . . . a sense of immediacy not
found in most other wrestling history books.

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