Hooker by Lou Thesz

By Lou Thesz

Who was once the best professional wrestler of the 20 th century?
The debate is a true one amongst those that heavily learn the heritage of this American pop-culture construction. just like the arguments over any attempt to crown "the greatest," "the best," or "the worst," that solution is not going to ever be resolved to everyone's delight. One truth is undeniable, notwithstanding. in case you watched wrestling sooner than it grew to become "sports entertainment," there's just one resolution — Lou Thesz.
The son of ecu immigrants, Thesz came upon his love of beginner wrestling as a shy eight-year-old, battling his father at evening at the linoleum ground of the family's kitchen in south St. Louis. He used to be a typical on the recreation, blessed with lightning-fast reflexes and a decision to be successful. He used to be obsessed with conditioning and hungry to profit, and people features ultimately led him, as undefined, into the closed and secretive international of professional wrestling, the single position the place he may possibly proceed to compete at the mat.
This is Thesz' tale — an event that took him to the heights of his selected career at a really younger age and at last into jewelry in the course of the global. a faithful fan of professional wrestling, he received the honor and friendship of the various legends. within the Nineteen Forties, whilst tv demanded extra motion and a flashier type of wrestling, he turned the transitional determine, the hyperlink to the earlier. Thesz decried the increase of "gimmick" performers like attractive George and blood brother Rogers, who reduced the significance of the genuine form of wrestling he enjoyed and practiced, yet he adjusted as the final analysis of professional wrestling, as with all professional exercise, used to be being profitable, and he may well see the place the longer term lay.
In the past due Nineteen Forties and good into the Nineteen Fifties, he was once the realm heavyweight champion of the nationwide Wrestling Alliance, its standard-bearer, and he carried these shades with dignity and sophistication. "My gimmick was once wrestling," he acknowledged, and it used to be glaring to a person who ever received a price tag to determine Lou Thesz that he was once the true factor.
"Hooker" used to be whatever of a sensation between wrestling enthusiasts whilst it was once first released within the Nineties since it used to be one of the first debts ever released by way of an important wrestling big name that mentioned the company with candor from the interior. teachers praised the e-book, too, for its transparent depiction of an period and the increase of a cultural phenomenon.
This is a booklet for everybody with an curiosity in expert wrestling. This new version released by way of Crowbar Press includes pages and pages of latest fabric — tales and anecdotes — none of which has been released in any earlier version and all within the voice of 1 of the mythical figures of the sport. each sentence has been completely combed over and vetted on the way to solution any questions formerly requested through readers, or to right and/or re-order the "facts" as Lou recalled them, and every bankruptcy now has unique endnotes to extra complement the textual content. mix all these components with all-new, spellbinding forewords by way of Charlie Thesz and gear Bauman (comprising 26 pages), an in depth 32-page "addendum" in Lou's personal phrases, and a complete name-and-subject index, and you have got the definitive tome dedicated to wrestling's golden period.
This is "no holds barred" fabric — way more open and fair than whatever ever written approximately expert wrestling.

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And, as long as I’m on an honesty streak, I might as well tell you: I very rarely, if ever, did all the sit-ups, Hindu squats or other exercises I claimed when talking to the press. )" As for the readers who thought he was unkind in his assessments of several people … well, Lou just shrugged them off. Some readers who were wrestling fans simply didn’t like his depiction of their heroes, many of them deceased by then, and he understood that. " That he was, nevertheless, proud of the final product is a certainty.

The book was groundbreaking, in that it was the first by a prominent pro wrestler to break "kayfabe," the code of silence practiced for decades by those in the industry when discussing their profession with outsiders. Certainly, other wrestlers had written their autobiographies by then, but almost all of them presented pro wrestling as a legitimate sport. Lou was determined to present an honest, warts-and-all, depiction of his career, the first major star to do so, and he was especially pleased when he became aware of praise from an unexpected direction: from some university academics who discovered the book and pronounced it a valuable and revealing document about an interesting segment of American pop culture.

It was admittedly an inefficient system, so Lou and Charlie soon took over the reproduction, binding, and mailing operation entirely at their end. (The only "big" money we ever made with the book came when Koji Miyamoto, who was very close to Lou and Charlie, and served very ably over the years as Lou’s representative in Japan, sold it to a Japanese publishing house. The manuscript was translated into kanji, and the result was exactly the sort of product we’d originally hoped to see in the United States: a hard-back with lots of photos.

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