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.
Black History Month is being celebrated in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom and the WWE Network is honoring the contributions of black (I don't use the term African-American because not all black wrestlers were from the United States) athletes from many promotions as well as many historical eras. While professional wrestling has not shied away from running racist angles, wise promoters have looked past a person's skin color in order to make money with wrestlers, regardless of race.
There have been a lot of black wrestlers who have achieved greatness in the squared circle. Bobo Brazil, Ernie Ladd, Booker T, the Junkyard Dog, Ron Simmons, the Rock, Mark Henry, and many others could be mentioned. And for every superstar, there were also enhancement talent that made the stars look oh so good; guys like "Special Delivery" Jones, Mike Saxon, Rudy Diamond, and others.
One wrestler that always impressed me was Rocky Johnson. Nowadays he is best known as the father of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. However before he sired "The Rock", Rocky had a very celebrated career in the squared circle, working in a variety of territories, and winning many regional titles. In 2008 the WWE recognized his contributions to the industry by inducting him into its Hall of Fame.
Born in Nova Scotia, Canada in 1944, Wayde Bowles trained as a boxer, working as a sparring partner for boxing greats Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. In 1966, Bowles would enter the squared circle working under the name "Soul Man" Rocky Johnson. Johnson had a great physique, speed, and incorporated his boxing skills into his matches.
Like most wrestlers of that era, Rocky Johnson traveled from territory to territory, perfecting his skills and winning over the fans. It didn't take the "Soul Man" long to win his first championship belt. In 1967 he teamed with the legendary Don Leo Jonathon to win the Vancouver promotion's National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) Canadian Tag Team titles.   Johnson continued to show his skills as a tag team wrestler by winning two more tag team titles in the next three years. In 1969, Johnson captured his first world championship, winning the Detroit promotion's version of the NWA World Tag Team titles with partner Ben Justice (It should be noted that there were several versions of "World Tag Team titles" in the NWA with various promotions recognizing theirs as the only one). Rocky traveled to the Los Angeles promotion where he won the Americas Tag Team title with Earl Maynard.  

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