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Ali vs. Inoki

Ali vs. Inoki

The Forgotten Fight That Inspired Mixed Martial Arts and Launched Sports Entertainment

  • Author: Josh Gross
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • ISBN: 1942952201
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 320
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“Inoki can use his bare fists. He can use karate. This is serious. There’s $10 million involved. I wouldn’t pull a fraud on the public. This is real. There’s no plan. The blood. The holds. The pain. Everything is going to be real. I’m not here in this time of my life to come out with some phony action. I want you to know this is real." —Muhammad Ali, June 14, 1976, The Tonight Show On June 26, 1976, Muhammad Ali fought in a mixed-rules contest against iconic pro wrestling champion Antonio Inoki for the so-called “martial arts championship of the world.” Broadcast from Tokyo to a potential audience of 1.4 billion in 34 countries, the spectacle foreshadowed and, in many ways, led to the rise of mixed martial arts as a major sport. The unique contest was controversial and panned by wrestling and boxing supporters alike, but the real action was behind the scenes. Egos, competing interests, and a general sense of apprehension over what would happen in the ring led to hodgepodge rules thrown together at the last minute. Bizarre plans to “save” Ali if the fight got out of hand were even concocted. In Ali vs. Inoki, author Josh Gross gets inside Ali’s head leading up to the match by resurrecting pre-fight interviews. Gross also introduces us to Inoki, the most famous face in Japan who was instrumental in shaping modern mixed martial arts.

Andre the Giant

Andre the Giant

A Legendary Life

  • Author: Michael Krugman
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 9781439188132
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 352
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The unforgettable story of everyone’s favorite giant—and a life cut short—wrestler and actor Andre the Giant. At seven-foot-five, four hundred and fifty pounds, André the Giant was a living, breathing legend—a behemoth taking on all comers. Billed as “the Eighth Wonder of the World,” he was the greatest attraction in sports entertainment and one of the most famous athletes in the world. André the Giant: A Legendary Life is the story of how his enormous charisma and undeniable presence aided World Wrestling Federation's explosive rise to the forefront of popular culture. André's battles with such rivals as Ernie Ladd, Killer Khan, Big John Studd, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, and Randy “Macho Man” Savage are certifiable classics, while his epic WrestleMania III match with Hulk Hogan—before 93,000—still holds the record for largest attendance. Outside the ring, André Roussimoff was equally formidable—his voluminous appetite for life is the stuff of legends. Moreover, André was among the first wrestlers to cross over into pop superstardom with roles in such television series as The Six Million Dollar Man and films like The Princess Bride. André's incredible tale is told through his most memorable matches, with reminiscences and recollections from the people closest to him. In addition to blow-by-blow analysis of his greatest in-ring triumphs, author Michael Krugman takes us behind the curtain to see how this amazing athlete struggled with his size and his stardom, as well as his fight with crippling pain caused by both his profession and the disease that made him who he was. André the Giant: A Legendary Life is the true-life tall tale of one of the most influential and adored Superstars in sports entertainment history.

Gorilla Monsoon

Gorilla Monsoon

  • Author: Ross Davies
  • Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9780823934348
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 112
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Presents the life and career of the professional wrestler known as "Gorilla Monsoon," Robert James Marella.

100 Things WWE Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

100 Things WWE Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

  • Author: Bryan Alvarez,Lance Storm
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • ISBN: 1641252200
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 256
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Covering the most charming babyfaces and hateable heels, the high-flyers as well as the hardcore heroes, this comprehensive, authoritative book explores the personalities, events, and facts every WWE fan should know. Dive into pro wrestling history with indispensable information on iconic matches, behind-the-scenes business, unforgettable feuds, and outstanding feats by superstars like Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, John Cena, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, and Bret Hart. Whether you had the privilege of witnessing the glory days of The Rock, or are a more recent fan of Daniel Bryan or Sasha Banks, this is the ultimate guide to what goes on inside and out of the ring. Bestselling author Bryan Alvarez (The Death of WCW) has collected essential knowledge, trivia, and must-do activities and ranks them from 1 to 100, providing an entertaining and easy-to-follow checklist as you progress on your way to fan superstardom.

A rough guide to Muhammad Ali

A rough guide to Muhammad Ali

  • Author: Ann Oliver,Paul Simpson
  • Publisher: Rough Guides Limited
  • ISBN: 9781843533856
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 304
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Sport has never known an icon like Muhammad Ali - the greatest boxer of them all, a paradigm for Black America, astonishingly photogenic and articulate. This new Rough Guide covers every aspect of Ali's life and career - from the fights to the civil rights movement, from his fans to his family. Insightful coverage is given to Ali's life and times from the days when he scared his parents to the nights when he terrified his opponents. The guide looks at all 61 major contests Ali fought and his opponents - from his major adversaries, Liston, Frazier and Foreman to the lesser-known Jean Pierre Coopman ('the Lion of Flanders') and Ali's brother. Background is provided to the social context - Ali's stand on Vietnam, his friendship with Malcolm X and his worldwide impact. A chapter titled 'The Mouth' records 101 greatest quotes from The Greatest - and his meetings with fans and the famous across the world. Finally the Rough Guide looks at The Icon - the books, the films, the interviews, the photographs and the essential ephemera.

Top 100 Pro Wrestlers of All Time

Top 100 Pro Wrestlers of All Time

  • Author: John F. Molinaro
  • Publisher: Winding Star Press
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 212
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Heavily photographic, this book takes a Top 100 "scrapbook" approach to the greatest sports entertainment in the world--pro wrestling.

Popular Electronics

Popular Electronics

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  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Electronic apparatus and appliances
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Foreign Correspondents in Japan

Foreign Correspondents in Japan

Reporting a Half Century of Upheavals, from 1945 to the Present

  • Author: Charles Pomeroy,Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan
  • Publisher: Tuttle Pub
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: History
  • Page: 367
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Founded in 1945, the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan has been a haven for working journalists. This collection of their own accounts allows a behind-the-scenes look at how these journalists - including Pulitzer Prize Recipients - covered Asia during this dramatic era.

Gene Lebells Grappling World

Gene Lebells Grappling World

Encyclopedia of Finishing Holds

  • Author: Gene LeBell
  • Publisher: Action Pursuit Group
  • ISBN: 9780967654317
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 624
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This book has taken Gene years to write, and it is his legacy to the world of grappling. It is a massive text on the art of finishing holds. Among the 500-plus pages are chapters on grips and handles; catches and grabs; foot and leg controls; arm bars and shoulderlocks; wristlocks and twists; straight leglocks; ankle bends and twists; chokes; and necklocks and cranks. Many of the techniques shown in the volume are old, never-before-seen pro wrestling techniques. There will never be another grappling text containing so many unique and devastating finishing holds -- unless Gene LeBell pens a sequel.

The Illustrated Weekly of India

The Illustrated Weekly of India

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  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: India
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