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.
        Professional wrestling has had many memorable moments that are firmly entrenched in the fans' memories; then there are the years that were so good that you can't believe how many great memories were packed into them. One such year was 1985, a year that saw the first Wrestlemania, Saturday Night's Main Event (SNME), the American Wrestling Association's (AWA) SuperClash, the first Great American Bash, the dominance of the Road Warriors, and the formation of the Four Horsemen in Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP). All of this took place in 1985.  As Frank Sinatra famously sang, it was a very good year.
        Things got off to a great start with World Wrestling Federation (WWF) kingpin Vince McMahon building up what he planned as the final step of his national wrestling expansion, a must-see show that would draw in fans from around the country, not just the WWF's traditional northeast base. To do so, Vince relied on his ties with MTV in hyping "The War to Settle the Score", a match between "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and WWF champion Hulk Hogan. The bout was held in Madison Square Garden on February 18, and aired live on MTV.
        The "War to Settle the Score" built up the main event for Wrestlemania, a tag team match between Hulk Hogan and celebrity partner Mr. T against "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and Paul "Mr. Wonderful" Orndorff. As we know, the event was a fantastic success, thrusting the WWF into the national spotlight and beginning an annual tradition that like the Superbowl, is an attraction in and of itself.

        The WWF's rising star led to NBC network executive Dick Ebersol approaching Vince McMahon about airing a wrestling special on Saturday night. According to Shaun Assael's book Sex, Lies, and Headlocks;  Ebersol, who was looking for something to air instead of reruns of Saturday Night Live, was impressed by the WWF's Tuesday Night Titans show and saw wrestling as potential new programming. Professional wrestling had once been a mainstay of network television during the 1950's but that was many years ago. Delighted at the chance for mainstream exposure, McMahon jumped at the opportunity for a show with national distribution. With Ebersol's help, McMahon streamlined his product, updating the WWF's production values. In turn, the WWF provided NBC with fantastic ratings which lead to SNME becoming a recurring show on NBC. SNME's success led to the first prime-time wrestling show in decades, The Main Event, an annual show that McMahon famously used to promote WrestleMania's IV and V.

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