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The Greatest Matches and Rivalries of the WrestleMania Era

Author : "The Doc" Chad Matthews
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What are the greatest matches and rivalries of the WrestleMania Era? It has never sat particularly well with long-time pro wrestling columnist and podcaster, "The Doc" Chad Matthews, the blanket statement that pro wrestling greatness is completely up to each individual, period, end of sentence. In fact, he strongly disagrees, having long posited that professional wrestling is reasonably objectifiable, like modern college football rankings in the Playoff Era. In America's gridiron pastime, the college game relies on a select few, organized into a committee, to choose the best four teams worthy of competing for the championship each season. Though the decisions are also considered subjective, the Playoff committee rankings are reasonably objective too. It is not as if Alabama is picked because their crimson jerseys are pretty or USC is chosen because the President of the United States has an affinity for Los Angeles. There are basic criterion used to evaluate the resumes of each viable candidate. Breaking down wrestling's greatest is no different. Utilizing something he calls "objective subjectivism" - a euphemism that acknowledges pro wrestling as obviously somewhat subjective but petitions for acknowledgment of pro wrestling also being inescapably capable of objectification (like Hollywood and College Football) - Matthews has mined the annals of WWE and NWA/WCW lore to discover the specific traits that define the greatest matches and rivalries and, having pinpointed these elements, has found a logical way to separate the truly great from the very good, to compare the totality of stories like Daniel Bryan vs. The Authority or Stone Cold vs. Vince McMahon to overall rivalries like Triple H vs. The Rock or Edge vs. Undertaker to iconic matches like Steamboat vs. Savage or Angle vs. Michaels in order to construct the ultimate historical countdown.

The Greatest Champions of the WrestleMania Era

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Take a closer look inside the rankings of the Top 90 wrestlers of all-time, as described in "The WrestleMania Era: The Book of Sports Entertainment." Tangible accolades are a hallmark of any sport or entertainment avenue. The NBA has the Larry O'Brien trophy, the MVP, and the Defensive Player of the Year. Hollywood has the Oscar, the Golden Globe, and the Screen Actors Guild award. Professional wrestling has championship belts. Using a detailed formula, "The Greatest Champions of The WrestleMania Era" shapes the historical context around championship success from Starrcade '83 to Summerslam '15.

The Wrestlemania Era

Author : "The Doc" Chad Matthews
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Professional wrestling has never been as popular as it has been over the last thirty years. Beginning with Hulk Hogan's rise to the top of the industry and the advent of WrestleMania, it found a place in the pop culture lexicon that made it a widely accepted, albeit still controversial, form of sports entertainment. The WWE has led the way, making the business as much about theatricality as it is about simulated combat and expanding their viewership in the process. Subsequently, a generation of fans has grown up with pro wrestling as one of their pastimes. Wrestling's growth has paralleled the rise of the media's obsession with sports. Fans enjoy greater access than ever before to their favorite teams and superstars through television and the internet. Increased coverage has brought more in-depth discussion, creating a network of enthusiasts who are as much critics as they are devotees. Sports analysis is no longer just water cooler talk. Be it as diehard supporters of respective sports enjoying educated conversations or be it as a team's employed statistician, we have become a sports world obsessed with analytics. The WWE product is more globally visible than ever. They currently broadcast their weekly programming in 150 countries and in 30 languages. Websites that cover pro wrestling draw tens of millions of people every week from around the world. Much like ESPN, Fox Sports, and others, these sites provide news, results, and insider reports. The thirst for a constant stream of information is as strong amongst wrestling fans as it is for any sport or entertainment avenue. "The Doc" Chad Matthews knows that better than anyone. He started watching wrestling with his grandfather when he was two years old. In his early college years, he began writing television recaps of WWE shows for a popular website as a hobby, later writing full-fledged critical columns and reviews while going through professional schooling to become a doctor. During the same period, he took a strong interest in analytics. Matthews eventually followed the lead of his favorite basketball writer, Bill Simmons, in combining his interest for hyper-analysis with the sport that he covered. Simmons proceeded to take his analytical approach and create a list of over ninety of the greatest to have ever played in the National Basketball Association. His amazing work, The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy, was the ultimate fan account of pro basketball history. Inspired, "The Doc" set out to write the modern pro wrestling equivalent. He developed a methodical criterion to support his personal observations of nearly thirty years of fandom in order to definitively answer the question as to which wrestlers belong in the debate for the greatest of all-time. While analytically reviewing and celebrating the "WrestleMania Era" dating back to the early 1980s, he spent countless hours researching, formulating, and categorizing the matches, the interviews, the main-events, the pay-per-view buyrates, the television ratings, and the championships won. A five-tiered breakdown shaped the definitive list. Through a formula (to bridge the gap between eras) for championships won, a scale for main-events and headlining matches to account for longevity, a compilation of television ratings and pay-per-view buy rate data for financial success, a wrestler scoring system to reflect physical attributes and microphone skills, and a film critic-like star rating scale to account for performance, Matthews has named the "Greatest Wrestlers of the WrestleMania Era."

The Wrestlemania Era

Author : "The Doc" Matthews
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Professional wrestling has never been as popular as it has been over the last thirty years. Beginning with Hulk Hogan's rise to the top of the industry and the advent of WrestleMania, it found a place in the pop culture lexicon that made it a widely accepted, albeit still controversial, form of sports entertainment. The WWE has led the way, making the business as much about theatricality as it is about simulated combat and expanding their viewership in the process. Subsequently, a generation of fans has grown up with pro wrestling as one of their pastimes. Wrestling's growth has paralleled the rise of the media's obsession with sports. Fans enjoy greater access than ever before to their favorite teams and superstars through television and the internet. Increased coverage has brought more in-depth discussion, creating a network of enthusiasts who are as much critics as they are devotees. Sports analysis is no longer just water cooler talk. Be it as diehard supporters of respective sports enjoying educated conversations or be it as a team's employed statistician, we have become a sports world obsessed with analytics. The WWE product is more globally visible than ever. They currently broadcast their weekly programming in 150 countries and in 30 languages. Websites that cover pro wrestling draw tens of millions of people every week from around the world. Much like ESPN, Fox Sports, and others, these sites provide news, results, and insider reports. The thirst for a constant stream of information is as strong amongst wrestling fans as it is for any sport or entertainment avenue. "The Doc" Chad Matthews knows that better than anyone. He started watching wrestling with his grandfather when he was two years old. In his early college years, he began writing television recaps of WWE shows for a popular website as a hobby, later writing full-fledged critical columns and reviews while going through professional schooling to become a doctor. During the same period, he took a strong interest in analytics. Matthews eventually followed the lead of his favorite basketball writer, Bill Simmons, in combining his interest for hyper analysis with the sport that he covered. Simmons proceeded to take his analytical approach and create a list of over ninety of the greatest to have ever played in the National Basketball Association. His amazing work, The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy, was the ultimate fan account of pro basketball history. Inspired, "The Doc" set out to write the modern pro wrestling equivalent. He developed a methodical criterion to support his personal observations of nearly thirty years of fandom in order to definitively answer the question as to which wrestlers belong in the debate for the greatest of all-time. While analytically reviewing and celebrating the "WrestleMania Era" dating back to the early 1980s, he spent countless hours researching, formulating, and categorizing the matches, the interviews, the main-events, the pay-per-view buyrates, the television ratings, and the championships won. A five-tiered breakdown shaped the definitive list. Through a formula (to bridge the gap between eras) for championships won, a scale for main-events and headlining matches to account for longevity, a compilation of television ratings and pay-per-view buy rate data for financial success, a wrestler scoring system to reflect physical attributes and microphone skills, and a film critic-like star rating scale to account for performance, Matthews has named the "Greatest Wrestlers of the WrestleMania Era."

The Squared Circle

Author : David Shoemaker
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Grantland and Deadspin correspondent presents a breakthrough examination of the professional wrestling, its history, its fans, and its wider cultural impact that does for the sport what Chuck Klosterman did for heavy metal. The Squared Circle grows out of David Shoemaker’s writing for Deadspin, where he started the column “Dead Wrestler of the Week” (which boasts over 1 million page views) -- a feature on the many wrestling superstars who died too young because of the abuse they subject their bodies to -- and his writing for Grantland, where he covers the pro wrestling world, and its place in the pop culture mainstream. Shoemaker’s sportswriting has since struck a nerve with generations of wrestling fans who—like him—grew up worshipping a sport often derided as “fake” in the wider culture. To them, these professional wrestling superstars are not just heroes but an emotional outlet and the lens through which they learned to see the world. Starting in the early 1900s and exploring the path of pro wrestling in America through the present day, The Squared Circle is the first book to acknowledge both the sport’s broader significance and wrestling fans’ keen intellect and sense of irony. Divided into eras, each section offers a snapshot of the wrestling world, profiles some of the period’s preeminent wrestlers, and the sport’s influence on our broader culture. Through the brawling, bombast, and bloodletting, Shoemaker argues that pro wrestling can teach us about the nature of performance, audience, and, yes, art. Full of unknown history, humor, and self-deprecating reminiscence—but also offering a compelling look at the sport’s rightful place in pop culture—The Squared Circle is the book that legions of wrestling fans have been waiting for. In it, Shoemaker teaches us to look past the spandex and body slams to see an art form that can explain the world.

WWE The Attitude Era

Author : Jon Robinson
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Experience the debauchery, extreme rivalries, and radical antiheroes of The Attitude Era with this no­-holds-­barred look back at WWE's edgiest period! Relive the late '90s, when Stone Cold Steve Austin, DX, Mankind, The Rock, and an infamous roster of rude and lewd Superstars laid the smackdown on pop culture and audience expectations. Featuring an exclusive Stone Cold Steve Austin bottle opener and packed with exclusive interviews, road stories, firsthand accounts, and gripping photos spanning the entire time frame, WWE®: The Attitude Era is a must-­have for fans who remember the years when WWE was for adults­ only!

I m Sorry I Love You A History of Professional Wrestling

Author : Jim Smallman
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'Clever, funny, authoritative and illuminating' - Times Literary Supplement 'Filled with passion, humour, and a little bit of welcome weirdness. A must-read for every die-hard wrestling fan' - Mick Foley For fans of books from Chris Jericho, Steve Austin, Daniel Bryan, Mick Foley and Jim Ross. 'We have all felt every emotion today. Remember today, the next time a family member or workmate tells you that wrestling is stupid. We've laughed, we've cried, we've screamed our lungs out. Professional wrestling is the greatest thing in the entire world.' - Jim Smallman, 2016 Comedian and PROGRESS Wrestling founder Jim Smallman takes us on a wild ride through the history of pro-wrestling, from its beginnings at the turn of the twentieth century to the pop-culture, pay-per-view juggernaut that it is today. Join Jim as he looks at the most defining and iconic moments in wrestling's history and attempts to nail down just why this ludicrous, over the top, compelling quasi-sport means so much to so many people.

30 Years of WrestleMania

Author : Brian Shields
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Celebrate 30 Years of WrestleMania with this comprehensive look back at the biggest annual event in sports-entertainment! 30 Years of WrestleMania provides in-depth coverage of WWE's WrestleMania from its inception to the current day. Relive each exciting match with detailed information, exclusive interviews, never-before-seen shots, and much more! Stunning Visuals In-depth Discussion of each WrestleMania Event Exclusive Interviews with Superstars, Divas, and More Behind the Scenes Look at these Historic Matches

Tagged Classics Just The Reviews

Author : James Dixon
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The Complete WWF Video Guide Volume V

Author : James Dixon
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An invaluable resource for any wrestling fan of the era. The fifth in the series from www.historyofwrestling.info. This is the complete guide to every WWF VHS release from October 1999 to May 2002, with full reviews of every tape, alternative wrestler bios, exclusive artwork by Bob Dahlstrom, awards, match ratings, and much, much more. Read about the failed WCW invasion angle, the return of Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and many others, relive some of the greatest matches of any era, cringe at some of the worst, enjoy the rise of Triple H to genuine main event player, witness the Rock take off as an icon on a whole new level. Plus Tough Enough, who ran over Steve Austin, TLC matches, Diva tapes and much, much more! By far the biggest book the team have ever don, e featuring more in depth analysis and comment than ever before.

The Golden Era Spring Semester

Author : Frank White III
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Titan Shattered

Author : James Dixon
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The highly anticipated sequel to best-selling Titan Sinking After enduring a turbulent year in 1995, Vince McMahon was looking to rebuild his sinking empire in 1996. He had high hopes for a new World Wrestling Federation flag bearer, Shawn Michaels - the man he was looking to as the leader of the WWF's 'New Generation'. With Michaels supported by a strong cast of established characters, some old faces, and an influx of new blood, McMahon fully expected the WWF to dominate rivals WCW in the burgeoning Monday Night War. It did not work out that way. Titan Shattered tells the behind-the-scenes story of the WWF's tribulations in 1996. It was a year where paranoia threatened to destroy the WWF, where decades-old industry traditions were broken, and where Vince McMahon fully abandoned his wrestling principles in pursuit of the almighty dollar.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Pro Wrestling

Author : Lou Albano
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Presents the history of professional wrestling, profiles the top wrestlers, explains the rules and moves of the game, and examines the sport versus entertainment debate.

100 Things WWE Fans Should Know Do Before They Die

Author : Bryan Alvarez
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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.

The New Era of Glory

Author : Tim Sheets
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Positioned for victory, prepared for glory! In this historic hour, God is raising up a company of believers to serve as a divine intersection point between Heaven and Earth. All of the Spirit’s previous outpourings and anointings are being united and activated at the same time—in our time! Bestselling author Tim Sheets presents a timely prophetic message. This revelatory word will position you for victory in this new era of Kingdom advancement, and prepare you to walk in the glory that is your inheritance. Get ready for the Great Convergence as all past moves of God are joined into one mighty river of glory to be released through you. Arm yourself for battle as you start reclaiming the areas of your life, family, and society that the devil has infiltrated. Receive accelerated answers to prayer by breaking the spirit of delay. Speak forth anointed decrees and declarations to access Holy Spirit encounters, victorious spiritual warfare, and more! Get ready! We are stepping into an hour where every past move of God’s Spirit is converging, finding fullness and fulfillment. Learn how to come into alignment with this epoch moment and witness Kingdom victory, advancement, and outpouring like never before!

Resist

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"This collection explores the politics, protest and resistance of recent popular culture in relation to Brexit Britain and the Trump-era United States"--

Pro Wrestling FAQ

Author : Brian Solomon
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(FAQ Pop Culture). Sport? Entertainment? Art form? Perhaps a bit of all three, with a certain intangible extra something thrown in for good measure, making professional wrestling a truly unique entity unto itself. From its origins in carnivals and sideshow attractions of the 19th century, right up to the multimillion-dollar, multimedia industry of the present day, and all the bizarre, wild, and woolly points in between, Pro Wrestling FAQ delves into the entire history and broad scope of one of popular culture's most enduring yet ever-changing spectacles. With chapters devoted to the many fascinating eras in the history of the business, as well as capsule biographies of some its most memorable and important figures, this book will serve as the ultimate one-volume reference guide for both long-time wrestling nuts and initiates to the grappling phenomenon. Revisit the legendary 1911 "Match of the Century" pitting World Champion Frank Gotch against archrival George Hackenschmidt, "the Russian Lion"; experience wrestling's TV golden age in the 1950s, a time of such colorful personages as Gorgeous George and Antonino Rocca; relive the glory days of Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant, when WWF impresario Vince McMahon took the business mainstream; and get the lowdown on recent favorites, such as John Cena, CM Punk, and others who have taken the business boldly into the 21st century.

Hot Shots and High Spots

Author : George Napolitano
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Bringing the best of professional wrestling into focus, from the glare of the spotlights to rare, behind-the-scenes candid photos, George Napolitano has created the most far-reaching and beautiful visual history of its kind. For five decades he has been ringside, documenting wrestlings biggest main events, photographing its most famousand infamousstars. His images have captured the blood, sweat, and tears spilled in the squared circle. In the process, they have become as iconic as the men and women in them. Covering those who have made professional wrestling one of Americas great passions and pastimesBruno Sammartino and Classy Freddie Blassie, Gorilla Monsoon battling Muhammad Ali, Andre the Giant and Mil Mascaras thrilling crowds all over North America, and Cyndi Lauper and Captain Lou Albano bringing wrestling to MTVthis chronicle shows it all. For the fans of the nWo or ECWs hardcore revolution, those who love the attitudes of DX, The Rock, and Stone Cold Steve Austin, and those who still tune in every Monday night for Cena, Triple H, and Orton, this compilation is the ultimate pictorial of the glories and humiliations of the wrestling world.

Identity in Professional Wrestling

Author : Aaron D. Horton
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 Part sport, part performance art, professional wrestling’s appeal crosses national, racial and gender boundaries—in large part by playing to national, racial and gender stereotypes that resonate with audiences. Scholars who study competitive sports tend to dismiss wrestling, with its scripted outcomes, as “fake,” yet fail to recognize a key similarity: both present athletic displays for maximized profit through live events, television viewership and merchandise sales. This collection of new essays contributes to the literature on pro wrestling with a broad exploration of identity in the sport. Topics include cultural appropriation in the ring, gender non-comformity, national stereotypes, and wrestling as transmission of cultural values.

The Complete WWE Guide Volume Six

Author : James Dixon
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An invaluable resource for any wrestling fan of the era. The sixth in the series from www.historyofwrestling.co.uk this is the complete guide to every WWE DVD release from May 2002 to December 2004, with full in-depth reviews and analysis of every disc (and extras), awards, match ratings, and much, much more. Read all about the start of the Ruthless Aggression Era, with debuts of future main event mainstays John Cena, Randy Orton and Batista all taking place in the time period covered. Learn about the Brand Extension, The Death of Al Wilson, Katie Vick, Evolution, the return of the WWE Hall of Fame, RAW's tenth anniversary spectacular, the rise of Brock Lesnar, and so much more. As usual the book is a monster, with over 300,000 words crammed in covering every pay per view, DVD release and special.