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Smackdown is about the rise and fall of World Wrestling. This is an outstanding examination of the last decade of pro wrestling - charting the meteoric rise and embarrassing fall of one of the world's most lucrative entertainment industries. As wrestling dominated pop culture in the early '90s, wrestlers like The Rock, Goldberg, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Mick Foley became household names. Before them, the Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker, Jake The Snake Roberts - the big guys with oversize personalities who antics in the square circle had transformed a bunch of men in skin tight pants pretending to fight each other into a multi-million dollar entertainment industry. So what happened? At the turn of the millennium the popularity of the men in suits began to wane. In early 2001, both ECW and WCW closed their doors and were bought out by WWE. Shortly thereafter WWE hit the skids and were superseded by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling - the phoenix from the ashes of WCE and ECW.

"Between The Ropes" examines the last decade of pro wrestling, looking at both the unprecedented surge in popularity that turned it into a legitimate billion-dollar business and the decision-making follies that put the acid drop on the big guns. Analysing the four major North American promotions from standpoints of their business, storyline and characters, Fritz and Murray present a complete and fascinating picture of the rise, fall, and possible return of the one-ring circus. It includes unique first-hand insight from The Rock, Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, Ric Flair, Vince McMahon, Mick Foley, Bret Hart, Sting, Eric Bischoff, Chris Jacob, Rob Van Dam and Shane Douglas.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
How can you review a book that hasn't been printed yet? 16 Jun. 2006
By amisFitbook - Published on
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Just to strike some balance, and to restore some sanity here.... I wonder how "Mr Francis" and "Coco" can say anything negative about this fine book. Actually, I wonder how they could have actually read this book--as of June 16th, it hasn't even shipped from the printer, let alone to stores. Anyone pretending to "review" Between the Ropes before it becomes available later this month is simply engaging in a self-interested, personal attack. I wouldn't dream of speculating as to why....
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great book on wrestling! 18 July 2006
By Gary Hollinger - Published on
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading the Between The Ropes book and thought it was a great read. Good information on the biggest promotions over the past decade with some very interesting quotes from wrestlers mixed in the chapters. Plus, the book has some good stories behind the scenes of the Between The Ropes show.

A great read for anyone who already enjoys wrestling or for anyone who wants to learn more about it. This book has all the details you need to know. I highly recommend it!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Repetive of other books but some good touches 9 July 2006
By Michael A. Weyer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was looking forward to this book and it's not quite a dissapointment. If you don't have a large wrestling library, it's quite good covering what WWF/E, WCW, ECW and TNA have been up to the last decade. The problem is that so much of it has already been covered in other books. There are three histories of ECW that detail what happened there and "Death of WCW" is a much better look at that organization. As such, so much of this comes off as "oh, this again?" statements.

However, they are the first to delve into how TNA got started and how it's progressed, including backstage battles with Russo and Randy Savage. I also liked the in-between bits of the authors chronicling thier adventures with wrestlers and their interviews. In fact, even in the stuff on WWF, WCW and the rest, they insert great comments from various stars that are good to highlight things.

So if you don't have a large wrestling library, I'd recommend this very much. If you're a TNA fan, it's good to read how the company started. But if you already have a lot of the other books on WWF or WCW or ECW, this might be skippable.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An amazing history of wrestling! 14 July 2006
By WrestlingGuru - Published on
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book thinking it was going to be another garbage wrestling book. Boy was I wrong. This book is filled with information! You learn what really goes on behind the curtain at the huge arena shows. Hear about what Trish Stratus put in her mouth to get a shot at the womens title, what Pat Patterson eats on his hotdogs and what Val Venis stuffs into his tights. I especially liked the chapter about former WCW champion Sting and why he uses Jesus as a crutch to get higher paying contracts. This is a great book!

If you are a fan of wrestling or male on male erotica pick up a copy today!
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Three Cheers for Between The Ropes! 9 July 2006
By Brad from OWW - Published on
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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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