Wrestling at the Chase
Larry Matysik
book reviews:
· general fiction
· chick lit/romance
· sci-fi/fantasy
· graphic novels
· nonfiction
· audio books

Click here for the curledup.com RSS Feed

· author interviews
· children's books @
· DVD reviews @

win books
buy online


for authors
& publishers

for reviewers

click here to learn more

Buy *Wrestling at the Chase: The Inside Story of Sam Muchnick and the Legends of Professional Wrestling* online

Wrestling at the Chase: The Inside Story of Sam Muchnick and the Legends of Professional Wrestling
Larry Matysik
ECW Press
300 pages
June 2005
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

previous review next review

Wrestling At the Chase is a little bit biography, a little bit of history, but all fun for fans of the old St. Louis promotion and its TV show as Larry Matysik takes us on a trip down memory lane. It starts out with how Larry got bit by the wrestling bug.

“In the beginning, there was this tiny brown box enclosing a thick glass screen. It was the phenomenon at the time – a television! Shadowy black and white figures moved about. One ghostly character had curled white hair and was tossing something from within a squared area surrounded by ropes. A strong voice from inside the box barked, “It’s the famous Gorgeous George throwing golden bobby pins to the crowd. Another body, this individual nothing less than a titan, jumped between the ropes. He was lean, hard, dark, handsome, and powerful. A warrior king. The voice from the box was awed: “There is the great Lou Thesz, being saluted by fans.” Suddenly action detonated – Thesz and George began flying from corner to corner in a savage ballet. The crowd roared, screamed, howled, exploded. That little box literally shook and pulsed – I sat transfixed by the spectacle. Man, was I hooked. Immediately. A seven-year-old addict. A wrestling junkie.”
After establishing the history of promoter Sam Muchnick, the evolution of St. Louis wrestling and its television program, and Larry’s own involvement in the business, he goes on to tell fantastic stories on the colorful characters that passed through. Some were just local stars like Dick “The Bruiser” Afflis, Joe Millich, Bobby Shane, and “Bulldog” Bob Brown amongst many others. Larry also talks about the superstars like Andre the Giant, Randy “Macho man” Savage, Frank “Bruiser Brody, King Kong” Goodish, Ric Flair, Harley Race, The Funks, The Brisco’s and many others.

From there, the wrestling wars are discussed. The destruction of the territories, the end of the St. Louis promotion, and the eventual domination Vince McMahon, Jr., would have over the pro wrestling world.

With a plethora of wrestling books out on the market, there are many choices, but this is definitely a must read.

© 2005 by Bobby Blades for curledup.com.

buy *Wrestling at the Chase: The Inside Story of Sam Muchnick and the Legends of Professional Wrestling* online
click here for more info
Click here to learn more about this month's sponsor!

fiction · sf/f · comic books · nonfiction · audio
newsletter · free book contest · buy books online
review index · links · · authors & publishers

site by ELBO Computing Resources, Inc.