National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story

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National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story of the Monopoly that Strangled Pro Wrestling

Paperback: 300 pages

In the 1950s, in Las Vegas, a businessmens conglomerate dominating a $25 million-a-year sports industry hid their illegal practices from the U.S. Department of Justice until they were caught. The sport that privileged cold hard cash over honest competition was professional wrestling, and the conspirators were members of the famed National Wrestling Alliance.

National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story of the Monopoly that Strangled Pro Wrestling examines the NWA promoters overwhelming success, and the relationships to influential politicians and writers that protected their financial interests for over 50 years. Breaking the faade of sports production, it shows how promoters actually twisted arms to edge out their opponents.

Hornbaker documents the life of the NWA, from its humble beginnings in the Midwest after World War II, to its worldwide expansion. He chronicles the Department of Justices investigation, providing sports fans with a never-before-told side of wrestlings legacy.

The most noteworthy exploits of the National Wrestling Alliance were behind locked doors. Now, the conspiracies of a century-old brand of entertainment will finally be revealed.

Timothy Hornbaker has researched professional wrestling for the past 10 years. For this book, he has received assistance from descendants of the National Wrestling Alliances most famous members. He is an avid baseball fan and lives in Southern Florida.

50 black & white photos throughout

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story of the Monopoly that Strangled Pro Wrestling, 2.5.2009
Reviewer: Paul Stulberg (Oakville, Ontario)

"Timothy Hornbaker has provided wrestling fans with a keen historical perspective of the early days of pro wrestling and the formulation of the National Wrestling Alliance and how the NWA shaped and dominated the business for the latter part of the 20th century. The book also brings to light the monopolistic

 

4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Recommended reading, 2.5.2009
Reviewer: Darren Shearon (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

"This is a very informative book on the behind the scenes dealings of the NWA

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Definte Read, 2.5.2009
Reviewer: Mike Stewart (Clarksburg, WV)

"I will agree with someone below who said Mr. Hornbaker does repeat stuff