THE PRO WRESTLING HALL OF fAME:                tHE STORYTELLERS

FROM THE TERRIBLE TURK TO TWITTER


You can’t escape pro wrestling today, even if you wanted to. Its stars are ubiquitous in movies, TV shows, product endorsements, swag, and social media to the point they are as much celebrities as they are athletes. Pro wrestling, meaning mostly WWE, has morphed from the fringes of acceptability to a global $1 billion industry that plays an everyday role in 21st-century pop culture.

In The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Storytellers from the Terrible Turk to Twitter, Greg Oliver and Steven Johnson explain how the sport’s unique take on storytelling has fueled its remarkable expansion. Based on hundreds of interviews and original accounts, Oliver and Johnson describe the imaginative ways in which wrestlers and promoters have used monkeys, murderers, smelt, and wedding cakes to put fannies in the seats or encourage thumb swipes across mobile device screens. As they trace the evolution of wrestling storytelling, Oliver and Johnson take readers on a winding journey from the New York City Bowery in the 1890s to a Detroit bar in the 1960s to a North Carolina backyard in 2017, meeting up along with way with all manner of scoundrels, do-gooders, scribes, and alligators. The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Storytellers from the Terrible Turk to Twitter is a highly readable, highly researched book that will leave readers with a new appreciation for the fine and sometimes the not-so-fine art of storytelling.


Release date: August 2019.

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