"... [A] fascinating history and engaging personal account of pro-wrestling's background figures, center ring personalities, and day-to-day realities. Informed and informative, Headlocks and Dropkicks will prove to be a popular addition to academic and community library Sports & Athletics reference collections, and is especially commended to the attention of non-specialist general readers with an interest in the colorful and raucous world of professional wrestling." - Midwest Book Review - Wisconsin Bookwatch "Kluch is a sports writer and columnist who previously tackled boxing, professional football and college football, and he underwent his own training program to become a professional wrestler in order to provide general readers with insights into the industry, the personalities and the "tricks of the trade." The author interviews wrestlers, promoters and bookers to detail the workout regimens, politics and the still popular themes of good vs. evil that define most competitions. Appendices include a glossary of wrestling terminology as well as a critique of modern wrestling publications." - Reference & Research Book NewsVom Verlag:
This wide-ranging and yet personal account of the wrestling industry provides fans and interested readers with a glimpse at wrestling's bizarre day-to-day realities, its most famous personalities, and its background figures as well. A refuge for the very athletic but often a breeding ground for the highly dysfunctional, professional wrestling is, in the truest sense, life on the fringes. "Headlocks and Dropkicks" chronicles Ted Kluck's training program to become a professional wrestler. Kluck delves into the traveling-circus elements of the sport, and talks to the people who make it work - promoters, bookers, and the wrestlers themselves. It may be ridiculous, but wrestling touches a nostalgic chord in many of us, and it has weathered manifold changes in American taste to survive and thrive as it does today. Here, Kluck examines the tension between the good vs. evil tales that pervaded wrestling in the early to mid 80's, along with the seamy soap opera storylines that seem to drive it today.
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