Swimming With Piranhas

Swimming With Piranhas

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Paperback: 280-pages

In this memoir, the former president of the National Wrestling Alliance, Howard Brody gives a first hand account of how hes been able to survive the world of pro wrestling politics, despite getting a few bloody noses along the way. Brody delves into the historical aspects of his time at the NWA, describing encounters both good and bad with some of professional wrestlings most powerful and creative minds including Vince and Linda McMahon, Eric Bischoff, Paul Heyman, Tod Gordon, Antonio Inoki, Hiro Matsuda, the Funks, Dusty Rhodes, Jim Cornette, Jimmy Hart, the Hart family, Hulk Hogan, and more.

Brody describes how he got hooked on the business, how he raised money to shoot a ladies wrestling TV pilot, and how he finally ended up in the NWA, serving as its president from 1996 to 2001, and the controversy surrounding how and why he left.

Delving into the inner workings of booking and promoting shows, from dealing with talent to building managers, radio and television stations, Brody explains the differences and similarities between small, medium and large promotions, and talks about the nature of negotiating and selling wrestling to television networks and sponsors.

Swimming With Piranhas covers aspects of the pro wrestling business that have yet to be captured on paper. This book reveals the true war stories as Brody takes the reader into the boardrooms and back offices of the most exciting business in the world: professional wrestling.

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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiresome, 6.30.2010
Reviewer: Ryan Tourgee (Cranston, RI)

"I really wanted to like this book. I've read pretty much every major wrestling related book. Brody seems like a nice guy but the book drags during many parts. There is very little about the actual wrestlers involved and much more about failed business deals.
Maybe that's supposed to be the point of the book

 

2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Me Me Me., 6.30.2010
Reviewer: Anthony Thomas (Huntley, IL)

"Written well