Between The Ropes
Wrestling's Greatest Triumphs & Failures
by Brian Fritz & Christopher Murray
Description: As a self-appointed Internet Wrestling Community geek, I find myself listening to a lot of Internet radio shows that focus on the world of professional wrestling. Sadly, the "Between the Ropes" program is not one of them. However, after reading the book, written by the hosts of that particular show, it might just become required listening from now on.
"Between the Ropes - Wrestling's Greatest Triumphs and Failures" by Brian Fritz and Christopher Murray, contains a series of very enlightening chapters on the subject of each of the major American wrestling promotions of the past decade (That is WCW, ECW, WWE & TNA). These accounts are accompanied by commentary made by a bevy of wrestling stars of the era, taken directly from the transcripts of the Between the Ropes radio program. The result is a unique mix of outsider and insider perspectives that blends into a adventurous journal chronicling the triumphs and failures of wrestling's most ambitious wrestling companys.
The authors also decided to alternate their historical chapters with a diary of sorts recounting many of their own experiences while covering professional wrestling on their show. Brian, or "Fritz" as he likes to be called, relives the miraculous events that led to the inception of Between the Ropes and how it led to meeting different wrestlers for the first time, and generating a healthy camaraderie with them in the process. Fritz also takes you back in time to when he was the willing victim of a dangerous publicity stunt involving close friend and pro-wrestler Jerry Lynn. That only scratches the surface of why Between the Ropes has become the premier wrestling radio program in the country... and now, one of the top wrestling books too!
Rating: 7/10 - If I had a previous emotional attachment to the show, it would likely be a 8 or 9 out of 10. So if you listen to BTR regularly you definitely want to pick up this book soon. They did a great job pulling the promotion histories together and the editing should get an award.
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Purchase the Book: [ From the Between the Ropes Website ] or [ From ECW Press ] or [ From Amazon.com ]
Reviewed by Brad Dykens on July 12, 2006.