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BRUISER

       
BRUISER
by Richard Vicek, edited by Scott Teal

The Free Dictionary
bruiser
n. Informal
1. A usually large or powerfully built person who is aggressive or readily gets into fights.

"When I started wrestling, everyone like Gorgeous George had on capes [and] big robes; really gaudy and everything.  Then I came along and all I had was pair of trunks and my shoes.  I had no gimmick.  It was the absence of gimmicks that made me different."
—  Dick the Bruiser

  There have been several "Bruisers" in professional wrestling's history — Bruiser Brody, Don the Bruiser, Bruiser Bob Sweetan, to name the three most recognizable — but the name synonymous with pro wrestling for almost three decades was "Dick the Bruiser."

  A former Green Bay Packer lineman who found more money and success in pro wrestling than he did professional football, Bruiser is a name people readily mention when talking about the golden age of the sport.  Bruiser didn't languish for long in opening matches, and within a few months of his June 24, 1954, debut, Bruiser was cracking heads and pounding flesh in main events from coast to coast across the United States.  Words that desribe Bruiser's in-ring style are believability, belligerence, domination, unpredictability, explosiveness, intensity, and rampage.

  Bruiser's story may never have been told had it not been for author Richard Vicek's dogged determination to interview and correspond with hundreds of people who knew our Bruiser during various stages of his lifetime.  They all shared their memories and experiences.

  To wrestling fans, Bruiser was a intimidating bull of a man who put fear into the hearts of his opponents and could not be controlled by wrestling promoters.  What they didn't know was, Bruiser was co-owner of a highly successful wrestling promotion based in Indianapolis, in which he served as both an executive producer and as the star performer of the show.

  In all respects, Bruiser left an indelible mark in pro wrestling history that will never be matched in either longevity or significance.  This book is a testament to the legacy he left behind.

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It's Wrestling, Not Rasslin'!

It's Wrestling, Not Rasslin'!

by Mark Fleming

Mark didn’t get his spot in the wrestling business because someone paved the way for him. He got in the hard way. His first test was to make it through the grueling tryouts conducted by Gene and Ole Anderson. As everyone knows, Gene and Ole didn’t give any quarter. They showed the 27 wannabes just what they would be facing in the pro rings by rubbing their faces raw on the mat, stretching their limbs to the breaking point, and manhandling them so badly that many of them ran out of the arena without even collecting their street clothes. When the smoke cleared, only one man out of the 27 hopefuls remained standing … Mark Fleming.

However, Mark wasn’t the type of wrestler who would showboat to catch the eye of the fans and promoters. He was a serious wrestler who believed pro wrestling should be conducted as a sport, and not as a show. His pure wrestling style eventually caught the eye of Lou Thesz, a former world champion, who many consider to be one of the greatest pro wrestlers of all time. Lou’s relationship with Mark began as a training partner, but evolved into that of a coach, mentor, and manager. From that day forward, Mark’s career changed for the better.

Mark’s love for the wrestling game is evident in this book as he shares the story of how he and Lou Thesz, together, attempted to change rasslin’ back to what it had once been — WRESTLING!

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Wrestling Archive Project, volume 1

The Wrestling Archive Project:
Classic 20th Century Mat Memories

by Scott Teal

For years, readers have been asking us to reprint the interviews featured in the classic "Whatever Happened to ...?" magazines.  In what will be an entire series of books filled with interviews, both old and new, we are now publishing all the interviews with the professional wrestling legends of yesteryear!

Scott Teal conducted most of these interviews in the days of "kayfabe," a time before anyone else was getting the inside scoop on the business of professional wrestling, and most of the people he talked with have never been interviewed by anyone else.

The "MAIN EVENT" for the first volume is a 117-page, never-before-published, interview with BUDDY COLT.  Two other exclusive interviews never-before seen in print are with Adrian Street and Mac McMurray.  Filling out the 402-page book are interviews with Benny McGuire, Jack Donovan, Dick Cardinal, Frank Martinez, Gene Dundee, Gene Lewis, George Grant, Ernie "Hangman" Moore, Lord Littlebrook, Lou Thesz and Pepper Gomez.

Go behind the scenes with the true legends of professional wrestling with indepth, hard-hitting, no-holds-barred interviews.

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Whatever Happened to Gorgeous George?

Whatever Happened to Gorgeous George?:
The Blood and Ballyhoo of Professional Wrestling

by Joe Jares

There is a world where truth, beauty, and innocence battle nightly with the insidious, subterranean forces of evil — evil in the guise of The Beast, The Crusher, and the Missouri Mauler, truth embodied in The French Angel, The Golden Superman, and Chief Big Heart.  It is the world of pro wrestling.

Whatever Happened to Gorgeous George? is the story of the most outlandish personalities in sport—comic book figures with fanatical followings.  oving and hating them along the way are the maniacal fans who follow them and turn the arenas into screaming, roving Theaters of the Absurd — Piccolo Pete, Hatpin Mary, and the septuagenarian sisters from Baltimore, to name a few.

Then come backstage with the boys and see what the brutal world of wrestling’s all about—cauliflower ears, fan-inflicted knife and gun wounds, matches fought in mud and ice cream, bloody grudge brawls, whacky practical jokes.  You might even learn a few holds (like the Atomic Drop or the Stomach Claw) or pick up some nifty, villainous stunts.

Illustrated with spectacular photos of the wrestlers, Whatever Happened to Gorgeous George? is the definitive inside story of pro wrestling, complete with a chronology of the sport and biographies of the greatest wrestlers.  It is also a collection of some of the wildest stories ever told, and a funny, irreverent look at the most colorful, theatrical sport on the American scene.

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Autobiographies

Inside Out:
How Corporate America
Destroyed Professional Wrestling

Inside Out: How Corporate America Destroyed Professional Wrestling

by Ole Anderson
with Scott Teal

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Wrestlers Are Like Seagulls:
From McMahon to McMahon

"Wrestlers Are Like Seagulls" From McMahon to McMahon

by J.J. Dillon
with Scott Teal

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Assassin:
The Man Behind the Mask

Assassin: The Man Behind the Mask

by Joe Hamilton
with Scott Teal

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"Is That Wrestling Fake?"
The Bear Facts

Is That Wrestling Fake? The Bear Facts

by Ivan Koloff
with Scott Teal

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Bruiser Brody

Bruiser Brody

by Emerson Murray
Edited by Scott Teal

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Wrestling with the Truth

Wrestling with the Truth

by Bruno Lauer
Edited by Scott Teal

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The Solie Chronicles

The Solie Chronicles

by Bob Allyn
with Pamela S. Allyn
  & Scott Teal

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Wrestling in the Canadian West

Wrestling in the Canadian West

by Vance Nevada

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Long Days and Short Pays

Long Days and Short Pays

by H.E. "Duke" West
Edited by Scott Teal

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Drawing Heat

Drawing Heat

by Jim Freedman

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ATLAS:
Too Much, Too Soon

ATLAS: Too Much, Too Soon

by Tony Atlas
with Scott Teal

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The Last Laugh

The Last Laugh

by Bill De Mott
with Scott Teal

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HOOKER

HOOKER

by Lou Thesz
with Kit Bauman

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The Last Outlaw

The Last Outlaw

by Stan Hansen
with Scott Teal

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NIKITA

NIKITA

by Nikita Koloff
as told to William Murdock

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The Strap

The Strap

by Roger Deem

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BRISCO

BRISCO

by Jack Brisco
as told to William Murdock
Edited by Scott Teal

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Mid-Atlantic
Wrestling Memories

Mid-Atlantic<br>Wrestling Memories

by Mike Mooneyham

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"I Ain't No Pig Farmer!"

I Ain't No Pig Farmer

by Dean Silverstone
with Scott Teal

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The Hard Way

The Hard Way

by Don Fargo
with Scott Teal

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Wrestling Archive
Project, volume 1

Wrestling Archive Project, volume 1

by Scott Teal

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Whatever Happened
to Gorgeous George?

Whatever Happened to Gorgeous George?

by Joe Jares

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It's Wrestling, Not Rasslin'!

It's Wrestling, Not Rasslin'!

by Mark Fleming
with Scott Teal

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BRUISER

BRUISER

by Richard Vicek
Edited by Scott Teal

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Crowbar Press on Kindle!   
 
Crowbar Press is now releasing all their books on Kindle!

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Superstars of Professional Wrestling
 
Replica posters
  
 
  "Classic Wrestling Poster Replicas" is a series of all-new posters created and produced by Scott Teal through Crowbar Press. Each poster features a classic wrestling card from the past. We have re-created posters from the golden age as closely as possible to the originals. For territories which had no posters, or for which we had no examples, we created them as we imagine they would have looked. We also created posters based on the style of the newspaper ads of the time.
These posters are NOT lithographs or mass-produced on cheap paper. Each poster is actually a high-quality, glossy PHOTOGRAPH which comes in three sizes — 8x10, 12x16, and 16x20 inches.
These beautiful posters are sure to become collector's items and more cards will be released in the near future. Our hope is they will help preserve the legacy of professional wrestling's legends and increase interest in the history of professional wrestling.
— HAVE YOUR NAME PRINTED ON ANY OF THE POSTERS! —
We can add YOUR NAME in the place of ANY wrestler on the poster for an extra $3. This offer is available for 16x20 posters only.

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Superstars of Professional Wrestling

Superstars of Professional Wrestling
#1
American Wrestling Association

American Wrestling Association

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Superstars of Professional Wrestling
#2
Georgia Championship Wrestling

Georgia Championship Wrestling

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Superstars of Professional Wrestling
#3
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling:
The Tag-Team Era

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling: The Tag-Team Era

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Superstars of Professional Wrestling
#4
The Golden Age of Wrestling

The Golden Age of Wrestling

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Superstars of Professional Wrestling
#5
World Championship Wrestling
Volume 1

World Championship Wrestling, v1

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Superstars of Professional Wrestling
#6
World Championship Wrestling
Volume 2

World Championship Wrestling, v2

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Superstars of Professional Wrestling
#7
World Championship Wrestling
Volume 3

World Championship Wrestling, v3

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Superstars of Professional Wrestling
#8
The Lovely "But Lethal"
Ladies of Professional Wrestling
Volume 1

The Lovely

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Superstars of Professional Wrestling
#9
The Lovely "But Lethal"
Ladies of Professional Wrestling
Volume 2

The Lovely But Lethal Ladies of Professional Wrestling, v2

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Posters

From Parts Unknown
Poster #1

From Parts Unknown Poster #1

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From Parts Unknown
Poster #2

From Parts Unknown Poster #1

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From Parts Unknown
Poster #3

From Parts Unknown Poster #1

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From Parts Unknown
Poster #4

From Parts Unknown Poster #1

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From Parts Unknown
Poster #5

From Parts Unknown Poster #5

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Shooting with the Legends
#1
Don Fargo

Don Fargo DVD
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#2
The Great Mephisto

The Great Mephisto DVD
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#3
Ole Anderson, volume 1

Ole Anderson DVD
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#4
Ole Anderson, volume 2

Ole Anderson DVD
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#5
Bob Roop, volume 1

Bob Roop DVD
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#6
Bob Roop, volume 2

Bob Roop DVD
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#7
Bobby Simmons

Bobby Simmons DVD
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#8
Mac McMurray

Mac McMurray DVD
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#9
Dennis Hall

Dennis Hall DVD
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#10
Charlie Smith

Charlie Smith DVD
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NEW!  #11
Duke Myers, volume 1

Duke Myers, volume 1 DVD
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NEW!  #12
Duke Myers, volume 2

Duke Myers, volume 2 DVD
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NEW!  #13
Archie Gouldie

Archie Gouldie DVD
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Posters
Professional Wrestling
Title History
Posters
Professional Wrestling
Title History Posters
Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title

Professional Wrestling Title History Poster #1

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Professional Wrestling
Title History Posters
NWA World Heavyweight Title

Professional Wrestling Title History Poster #2

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Professional Wrestling
Title History Posters
Missouri Heavyweight Title

Professional Wrestling Title History Poster #3

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