6.75 x 9.75 in, 300pp, paperback
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Every fan of professional wrestling remembers the moment that captured their heart forever and hooked them for life. Whether it was Ric Flair regaining the NWA Championship from Harley Race at Starcade, the Freebirds turning heel on Kerry Von Erich, Mick Foley flying off the cage at King of the Ring, , Samoa Joe's epic trilogy with CM Punk in Ring of Honor, or the premiere of WCW's Nitro: these are the matches and moments that thrilled, terrified, or outraged overwhelming you with real emotion.
Mike Rickard's Wrestling's Greatest Moments brings you all the most memorable and controversial moments from modern wrestling history. It's an insightful and essential compendium of thirty years' worth of groundbreaking matches, angles and interviews. From Hulkamania to the Montreal "screwjob," from the NWA to the nWo, you'll rediscover what really occurred in arenas and on the air worldwide, and learn all the backstage and behind-the-scenes secrets that made these highlight-reel moments possible from the men and women who were there.
Whether you watched Stone Cold Steve Austin point a gun at WWE honcho Vince McMahon's head, or stood outside the building as D-Generation X "invaded" WCW; whether you look back with nostalgia to "The King" slapping Andy Kaufman silly on Letterman or believe wrestling was better when Bruno sold out Shea; whether you were one of the Philadelphia "bingo hall" faithful who made ECW "extreme" or a casual observer of the Monday Night Wars; whether you're reliving these moments or discovering them for the first time, Wrestling's Greatest Moments will enthrall you with the exploits and extravagance, the tragedies and triumphs of the sport of kings.
About the Author: Mike Rickard has been writing about the sport of kings since 2005. His work has been seen on Pro Wrestling Illustrated's website, Pro Wrestling Torch, Gumgod, World Wrestling Insanity, and Canadian Bulldog's World.
The Ultimate Warrior (originally Jim Hellwig), a wrestler who achieved greatness and then walked away from the industry. For years he was a pariah with the WWE with the company sinking to incredible lows by releasing The Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior, a one disc DVD of WWE Superstars burying the company's former top star. The Warrior retaliated with a lawsuit and things never seemed any more heated. And then suddenly in 2014, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as its headline inductee. He appeared on Monday Night Raw two days later, making an unforgettable speech to his fans. The following day he collapsed from a heart attack and was gone.
Fans looking back at the Ultimate Warrior's career may have difficulty appreciating his impact on the sport. The biggest reason for this is the Warrior's short run in the business. While his run was relatively short, he was incredibly over. His size and physique, his short squash matches and his off-the-wall interviews quickly won him over to wrestling fans. Vince McMahon took note of the Warrior's popularity and groomed him to take Hulk Hogan's place as World Wrestling Federation (WWF) champion with the idea of making Hulk Hogan continuing on as a special attraction, much as Bruno Sammartino had done after Bob Backlund became WWWF champion. Unfortunately the Ultimate Warrior and McMahon butted heads over pay. When the Warrior refused to wrestle at the 1991 SummerSlam PPV unless he received a pay raise, McMahon reluctantly gave in only to suspend the Warrior after the show (In McMahon's eyes, the Warrior had held him up). While Vince McMahon continued to acknowledge the Ultimate Warrior's appeal to the fans, their business relationship was troubled at best. Two brief returns to the WWF in 1992 and 1996 were welcomed by the fans but again, the Warrior's behind the scenes squabbles with McMahon led to premature departures both times.
Copyright 2005-2015 by Mike Rickard
Wrestling has lost one of the all-time greats. Farewell to "Rowdy" Roddy Piper who helped make so many wrestling moments great. My prayers and condolences go out to his friends and family. God be with you.