Pro Wrestling FAQ
Pro Wrestling FAQ
All That’s Left to Know About
the World’s Most Entertaining Spectacle
by Brian Solomon
An entertaining and comprehensive look at 150 years of professional wrestling – inside and outside the ring – and its cultural impact.
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: All That’s Left to Know About the World’s Most Entertaining Spectacle by Brian Solomon (June 2015, Backbeat Books, $29.99) delves into the entire history and broad scope of one of popular culture’s most enduring yet ever-changing spectacles.
Pro Wrestling FAQ is the second book from the Backbeat Books FAQ series to look beyond the world of music and into the wider world of pop culture, following Soccer FAQ, published in March. Future Pop Culture FAQ titles include Cocktails FAQ, Dracula FAQ, The Beat Generation FAQ, and Haunted America FAQ.
With chapters devoted to the many fascinating eras in the history of the business, as well as capsule biographies of some of its most memorable and important figures, Pro Wrestling FAQ is 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.
Solomon also takes time to explore the roots of professional wrestling in Mexico and Japan; the vital role of the wrestling manager; as well as the referees, commentators, and ring announcers, whose contributions must never be overlooked.
If you’ve ever called yourself a fan of the most popular form of sports/entertainment/performance art that has ever existed, Pro Wrestling FAQ is the book for you!
June 24, 2015
6″ x 9″
Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Brian Solomon is a former editor and writer for WWE, having worked on such publications as WWE, Raw, and SmackDown!, which he launched during his surreal seven-year tenure with the company. He is the author of WWE Legends (2006) and has also contributed to Pro Wrestling Illustrated. He speaks publicly on his experience in the business as part of New York’s acclaimed Kevin Geeks Out series. He lives in Bridgeport, Conn.