National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story of the Monopoly That Strangled Professional Wrestling

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?In the 1950s, in Las Vegas, a businessmen's conglomerate dominating a $25 million-a-year sports industry hid their illegal practices from the U.S. Department of Justice until they were caught. The sport that privileged cold hard cash over honest competition was professional wrestling, and the conspirators were members of the famed National Wrestling Alliance. National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story of the Monopoly that Strangled Pro Wrestling examines the NWA promoters' overwhelming success, and the relationships to influential politicians and writers that protected their financial interests for over 50 years. Breaking the facade of sports production, it shows how promoters actually twisted arms to edge out their opponents. Hornbaker documents the life of the NWA, from its humble beginnings in the Midwest after World War II, to its worldwide expansion. He chronicles the Department of Justice's investigation, providing sports fans with a never-before-told side of wrestling's legacy. The most noteworthy exploits of the National Wrestling Alliance were behind locked doors. Now, the conspiracies of a century-old brand of entertainment will finally be revealed.

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"Recommended to anyone that is a fan of the golden era of pro wrestling." -- About.com

"If I were to teach a course on the history of professional wrestling, this would be the text book." "--"alanwojcik.com

"One of the best wrestling books ever written. . . . I highly recommend this book for any wrestling library." --411mania.com

"Well-researched . . . brings back such names as Vincent McMahon Sr. and the 'father' of the NWA, Sam Muchnick." --The Slammer, "New York Daily News"

"The most comprehensive and well-written reference piece associated with the business of professional wrestling. . . . Highest possible recommendation." --GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com

"A great history of the NWA, the ownership, the history of the NWA title, and promotional aspects of the federation. . . . 9 out of 10." "--A1 Wrestling Newsletter"

"The most comprehensive and well-written reference piece associated with the business of professional wrestling. . . . Highest possible recommendation." --GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com

"Well-researched . . . brings back such names as Vincent McMahon Sr. and the 'father' of the NWA, Sam Muchnick." --The Slammer, "New York Daily News"

"If I were to teach a course on the history of professional wrestling, this would be the text book." "--"alanwojcik.com

About the Author:

Timothy Hornbaker has been a professional-wrestling researcher for 10 years. He lives in Miami.

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