Soft Cover: 220-pages
For more than 40 years, western Canada was best known as the home of Stampede Wrestling, and the region has been the site of great wrestling action for more than a century.It has produced, hosted, and developed, a multitude of top wrestling talent.And yet, until recently, western Canada has been frequently overlooked for its significance in the history of the sport in North America ... until now.
WRESTLING IN THE CANADIAN WEST is a celebration of more than 100 years of professional wrestling in western Canada.Recognizing the efforts of promoters and wrestlers alike, the histories of the titles, Canadian wrestling trivia, and stories from the wrestlers who traversed the territory, this book offers a thorough insight into the legacy of the sport in one of the continents most oft-forgotten regions.
"Vance Nevada has done as much as anyone in the business as a writer, historian, and as a wrestler.I'd say his contribution is as significant as the Harts or any of the top people in the business in Canada.Having spent a lot of time in that country during my career, it was very interesting to learn some of the history.This book was hard to put down once I started reading it."
Honky Tonk Man
Over the past sixteen years, Vance Nevada has been one of the most active performers in Canadian wrestling. With appearances from coast to coast, he has stepped in the ring with top names in the business such as Tatanka, Bryan Danielson, Robert Roode, "Maniac" Matt Borne, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, and many more.As one of the most visible headliners, he has laid claim to numerous championships, but perhaps one that has brought him the most professional satisfaction is his recognition as a leading historian of the pro mat game.
Away from the glare of the ring lights, Nevada has piggybacked his touring commitments to get into libraries across western Canada, often spending hours scrolling through years of microfilm, researching the history of his business.After several years, and documentation of 18,000 matches later, Nevada has released his book, a comprehensive almanac of professional wrestling in Canada WRESTLING IN THE CANADIAN WEST.
"Wrestling In The Canadian West accurately describes what it was like for those of us who travelled the roads on a daily basis in this unique and spectacular area of professional wrestling history. The author clearly illustrates how the business over the years has now come around full circle, as he is living it himself, and dealing with the same trials and tribulations wrestling's pioneers faced in this area more than a hundred years ago."
Moondog Ed Moretti
- Profiles on more than 100 promotions over the past century
- Championship histories
- Statistical rankings for wrestlers and tag teams
- "A Day in Canadian Wrestling History" trivia
- Road stories from the wrestlers themselves, including J.J. Dillon, Moose Morowski, Kerry Brown, Paul Diamond, Tony Condello, Dean Higuchi [Dean Ho], Johnny Devine, Steve Corino, and more!!
- Features on womens and midget wrestling
- A discussion about the relevance of wrestling commissions in modern wrestling
- "The State of the Business" in 2009
- A directory of the top drawing wrestling events of all time in western Canada
- Statistics for more than 200 active Canadian wrestlers
- 101 photos