6.75 x 9.75 in, 300pp, paperback
Published by ECW Press
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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 is a former attorney and retired bank robber who 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.
A wrestling card is only as good as its main event and while Wrestlemania III had many memorable undercard matches, its success was largely due to the Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant main event. If the original Wrestlemania put the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) on the map nationally, the success of Wrestlemania III took the company to even greater success.
Wrestlemania III sold out the Pontiac Silverdome, setting a sports attendance record that would not be broken until Valentine's Day 2010 when the NBA All-Star Game broke the record with an attendance record of over 108,000 people attending. The WWF made an estimated $1.6 million in ticket sales. This was just the tip of the iceberg for revenue. The card was also broadcast on closed-circuit television and pay-per-view at home, drawing in millions of viewers and bringing the WWF an additional ten million dollars in revenue.
Wrestlemania III's tremendous success greatly strengthened the WWF's position in the national wrestling turf wars. As we shall see later, the WWF was able to use its success with Wrestlemania III to strengthen its bargaining position when it launched a new PPV in November.
As great as a wrestler's success may be, things ultimately boil down to the question posed by Janet Jackson in her 1986 hit, What Have You Done for Me Lately? As big as the Hulk Hogan/Andre match was, the Hulkster had new opponents to face.