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.
In part one of my epic look back at the first ever Wrestlemania, I talked about how the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) hyped its  closed circuit (CC) extravaganza so well with its MTV special The War to Settle the Score that all of my friends and I had to see it. We weren't exactly sure how CC worked but we knew we had to see it.

We'd been to several house shows over the years but nothing could compare to the lineup on this card. We got our tickets and waited for the big day. If I remember correctly, we had seven people with us when we went to see Wrestlemania.
Unfortunately in the rush to get tickets, we forgot to get one for our friend Keith. He still reminds us to this day of our oversight. Luckily he's the forgiving type and I watched future Wrestlemanias (as well as many other shows) with him courtesy of his parents' cheater box.

I don't remember too much about the merchandise for the show. Truth be told, I had blown most of my money on the ticket to see the show so I didn't have much left over for WWF merchandise. I do remember a friend of ours bought a souvenir program for the show and it was a lot of money. I think it cost ten bucks (and from what I remember, souvenir programs for house shows usually ran three bucks). Vince was definitely cleaning up.

The show was phenomenal. Every match seemed exciting, even the squash matches. I remember watching an interview with the Executioner and realizing it was Buddy Rose (Buddy would have made a lousy costumed criminal) under the hood. Nevertheless, his match against Tito Santana (who had recently returned from an injury) was a good start to the show. King Kong Bundy squashed Special Delivery Jones in (kayfabe) record time and Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat pinned journeyman Matt Borne in an entertaining match. Most of my friends were familiar with Steamboat from his days in Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP) and we knew that big things were in store for him in the WWF.

Now that the preliminaries were out of the way, we got ready for the first match featuring evenly matched wrestlers. David Sammartino battled Brutus Beefcake to a double count-out.   Hillbilly Jim was supposed to wrestle Beefcake but he suffered an injury and got scratched from the match. I was never much of a David Sammartino fan but the match was decent and Beefcake definitely showed promise. Seeing "The Living Legend" Bruno Sammartino got the fans at the Garden hyped up, especially when he came to his son's aid after Beefcake's manager interfered in the bout.

The red-hot babyface Junkyard Dog challenged Greg "The Hammer" Valentine for his Intercontinental title. We were really pumped up for this match and went crazy when Valentine used the ropes to pin the JYD. All of us popped when Tito Santana came out and informed the referee on Valentine's nefarious tactics, resulting in the match being restarted. None of us were happy when Valentine lost by count-out (thus keeping his title) but we were glad that the Dog won.

The next match was a big disappointment, not in term of match quality but in terms of the finish.

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