ANNOUNCEMENT:Â Greg Oliver and Stephen Johnson‘sÂ third, and most hefty Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame book,Â TheÂ HeelsÂ will soon be available in stores and online.Â
Â The villains, the bad guys, the rule breakers. These are the characters featured inÂ Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: TheÂ Heels (June 2007, ECW Press), the most comprehensive look at the wrestlers whose job it is to make us mad.Â Critically acclaimed authorsÂ GregÂ Oliver andÂ StevenÂ JohnsonÂ take readers on aÂ thrilling ride of mat mayhem with their signature mixÂ of interviews, original research,Â and anecdotes with and about the meanest pro wrestlers ever toÂ get inÂ the ring.
The Heels describes the rise and development of the bad guys, from their times raising riots in small-town arenas in the 1920s, to the mega-PPV events today. Casual fans andÂ wrestling historians will bothÂ enjoyÂ reading aboutÂ the lineages and history ofÂ wrestling’s bad boys, finding out howÂ someone like Nature Boy Flair traces his roots back to Gorgeous George, and about the little-known Ohioan that George himself emulated.
Of course, no conversation about Oliver and Johnson’s book is ever complete without a debate about their lists â€” in this case who’s on and who’s off the list of the most influential heels in history.
The HeelsÂ features more than 100 rarely and never-before-seen photos of the most despicable characters ever to stalk the ring.
Greg OliverÂ isÂ a writer and editor from Toronto. He has covered wrestling for 20 years through the Slam! Wrestling site, the Canadian Wrestling Report newsletter, magazines, and newspapers.
Steven Johnson has a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He has received the Virginia PressÂ Association’s highest award for investigative journalism.
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The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame
Greg Oliver and Steven Johnson
6.75 x 9.75â€™â€™, 400pp, paper
150 b&wÂ and colour photos throughout
$19.95 U.S./ $22.95 CDN
Distributed by Independent Publishers Group
Available at bookstores and online.