SBN-10: 1-55022-841-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-55022-841-0
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 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 1980's was a great decade of tag team wrestling for a number of reasons.  First, it featured a plethora of tag teams. Second, many of these teams stayed together for a long time, focusing on tag team competition. Third, the number of quality teams from this era was significant. Last, the nature of tag team matches was opened up, impacting the industry to this very day. Two teams were instrumental in lighting the fuse to the tag team explosion of the 1980's. The first we will discuss this week.

The 1980's was a boom decade for professional wrestling. Any review of history will lead to the conclusion that wrestling has its ups and downs. Some people believe the business to be cyclical in that wrestling is a recurring fad that captures the public's imagination, sparking a boom in business only to lose its novelty and lose its mainstream audience. Again, a careful review of history will lead to the conclusion that wrestling doesn't just magically become popular. Spikes in popularity are based on unusually popular stars, innovative promoting techniques, and innovations in how to reach your audience.

Wrestling blossomed during the 1980's because of all of these factors. Stars like Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan stood out head and shoulder above an already star-studded array of wrestlers. Promoters came up with explosive angles that led to capacity crowds. Wise promoters also tapped into the expanding cable television industry as well as closed circuit broadcasts, the precursor to pay-per-view (PPV). All of these factors contributed to the boom that wrestling experienced throughout North America.  

Interestingly enough, the success in singles wrestling translated to tag team wrestling as well. Promoters took the aforementioned steps by creating superstar tag teams, changing the way that tag team matches worked, and promoting them in new ways to capitalize on the proliferation of these teams.

As discussed before, tag team wrestling has always been popular and specialty tag teams have been around nearly as long. By specialty teams I mean that have their own unique identity rather than just being two random pairings of wrestlers. For example, the legendary Minnesota Wrecking Crew of the 1970's consisted of any pairing of Gene, Lars, or Ole Anderson. Contrast a team between two wrestlers who might team up for a night or two but then moved on to something else. In some promotions such as Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP), tag team wrestling was the promotion's mainstay as opposed to most promotions where one on one competition was highlighted and tag team wrestling promoted as more of a special attraction. While some fans may look to the 80's and conclude that this was when specialty teams like the Road Warriors, Fabulous Freebirds, Midnight Express, Rock-n-Roll Express, and British Bulldogs first came to prominence, that is not the case. Just check out the book The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Tag Teams and you will see that specialty teams were around for a long time. Whether it was brother teams like the Tolos Brothers or Graham Brothers or name teams like the Heavenly Bodies or the Hollywood Blondes, tag teams competed for a long time.
  

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