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Sex, Lies, and Headlocks: The Real Story of Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment [Paperback]

Shaun Assael , Mike Mooneyham
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Book Description

9 Feb 2004
“Current fans and recovering Hulkamaniacs alike should find [Sex, Lies, and Headlocks] as gripping as the Camel Clutch.” —Maxim

Sex, Lies, and Headlocks is the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at the backstabbing, scandals, and high-stakes gambles that have made wrestling an enduring television phenomenon. The man behind it all is Vince McMahon, a ruthless and entertaining visionary whose professional antics make some of the flamboyant characters in the ring look tame by comparison. Throughout the book, the authors trace McMahon’s rise to power and examine the appeal of the industry’s biggest stars—including Ed “Strangler” Lewis, Gorgeous George, Bruno Sammartino, Ric Flair, and, most recently, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock. In doing so, they show us that while WWE stock is traded to the public on Wall Street, wrestling remains a shadowy world guided by a century-old code that stresses secrecy and loyalty.

With a new afterword, this is the definitive book about the history of pro wrestling.

“Reading this excellent behind-the-scenes look at wrestling promoter McMahon . . . is almost as entertaining and shocking as watching the most extreme antics of McMahon’s comic-book style creations such as Steve Austin and The Rock.”
Publishers Weekly

“A quintessentially American success story of a cocky opportunist defying the odds and hitting it big . . . Sparkling cultural history from an author wise enough to let the facts and personalities speak for themselves.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA); Reprint edition (9 Feb 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400051436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400051434
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 13.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shaun Assael, a senior writer for ESPN: The Magazine, is the author of Wide Open: Days and Nights on the NASCAR Tour.

Mike Mooneyham, an editor with the Charleston Post and Courier, pens the longest-running wrestling column in the country.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BuyThis Book 12 Aug 2003
This is an essential read to any wrestling fan and gives a fantastic insight into the way the business has developed over the years from a variety of small franchises and roadshows into one of the worlds most extravagant, popular and hugely entertaining sports. Not only does this book let the reader in on the history of the WWF (Now WWE) but also takes you on a journey through the beginnings of WCW all the way through to the "Monday Night Wars" that occured in the mid to late nineties. A very enjoyable read that I could not put down and had it finished within two evenings.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good Journalistic approach 22 July 2002
I had been waiting for this book to come out for a while. A massive history and wrestling buff. This book would be right up my proverbiale. It doesn't disapoint. It is obviously well reserched and has a very impartial feel. It is however a little dry in spots and has no real messgae, but as a resource and piece of factual work and can't fault it. If you are a serious follower of the funked up world of pro wrestling this ones for you. Shame about the cak cover though...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good look at the real Vince McMahon 3 Dec 2003
Sex, lies & Headlocks shows what Vince McMahon is really like. It gives the lo-downs on some of the seadier things he has done, from being labelled a "corporate drug dealer" over the steroids scandal to his backstabbing of Bret Hart.
It starts with how many small localised organisations came together to form the NWA and on how the WWF and NWA (and later WCW) had running battles, right through to the Monday night wars that would eventually kill off the WCW.
Vince through the years showed sheer aggression to suceed and a willingness to bend the rules - particularly when it came to what he could and could not show on tv. That never bothered Vince, though. He was also so self confident that he could not accept his failures in WBF and XFL.
But eventually he came out smelling of roses on the other side with the dominant force in sports entertainment. I bet Vinces official biography/autobiography wont tell half these stories.
Still, if you are a wrestling fan you will enjoy this. I highly recommend it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wrestling's Bible? 14 Dec 2002
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I managed to finish this book very quickly, for two main reasons; It is relatively short, and I couldn't put it down. It is a fascinating book for wrestling fans in general, not just fans of the current product. While at times I found SL&H confusing due to the volume of information thrown at the reader, it didn't hinder my enjoyment. Generally, the book is written very well, however, it was misleading in some places, especially to a new fan, or someone who doesn't know everything about the sport. (The book leads the reader to believe that Mick Foley made his WWF debut in 1997, for example, which is not true.)
The book has taught me a lot about the history of the business, and overall, is an excellent read that despite some poor moments, every wrestling fan should own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE TRUTH ABOUT VINCE 24 Feb 2003
One of the main selling points of this book is that it contains the things that won't feature in Vince's apparent, forthcoming official autobiography. It's another one of those wrestling books that its hard to put down once you start. One downside is a few mistakes, but the majority of information is spot on and it even threw up a few things that this longtime fan never knew about. It covers all aspect of Vince's life and the american wrestling business in general since before his involvement. For new fans and old, this book will enlighten you all.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must For All True Wrestling Fans 24 Aug 2002
Sex, Lies , and Headlocks Is A Very Well researched insight in to the world of wrestling. It goes in to great detail telling us the truth about the wwf and there Steroid scandal, and what Vince McMahon Jnr did to make his way to the top of the World Of Sports Entertainment.
If You Consider Yourself a True Wrestling Fan Then This is the book for You.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 29 Jan 2008
I got this book on Friday (25.01.2008) and had it finished within the day. It was a gripping book but I feel the only let down was it was very statistic driven. Some of the stats relating to viewing figures and buying figures don't relate to us in the UK but aside from that it gave a great insight into how the business is run. A great insight into the world Vince McMahon occupies and how he runs his business, how ruthless he can be and at the same time how petty he can be. A book I'd recommend any wrestling fan to read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but flawed book 7 May 2004
"Sex, Lies, and Headlocks" is a fantastic read for fans of wrestling. The book is well written and informative. It qucikly covers the history of the WWF (now WWE) from it's early days through to 2001. It also briefly covers WCW at parts. The book is a quick read and very well written. However, non-wrestling fans may become confused with the amount of information that is thrown at the reader in the book. Although the book is fairly small it is packed with interesting facts and stories. Also, the mistakes that are litered throught the book are also an annoyance. They may be smaller facts but are annoying all the same. Therefore, I would highly recommend this book to wrestling fans and non-fans but would offer caution to those with little knowledge of the WWF.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Really good book on the inside of the wwe and wrestling in general from decades ago to the modern era
Published 2 months ago by Dan Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars A fair effort
Sex, Lies and Headlocks claims to be the real story of Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation, however, much of what is contained within can be found quite easily by... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Marc Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars No Holds Barred
Being in the UK, I was rather confused by the habit of using initials in representing TV stations and Wrestling Promotions throughout. Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2007 by L. Hay
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull
This book isnt realy interesting. theres some information in there that you wouldnt know (probably), but the book has one focus: to portrat Vince Macmahon and the WWE as evil, and... Read more
Published on 8 May 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Sex, Lies and Headlocks is a great book. If you want to know what goes on behind the scenes of a wrestling promotion then this book is for you.
Published on 21 Feb 2004 by Paul Christopher Clarke
4.0 out of 5 stars Shines the spotlight on the real wrestling world!
For years the wrestling world has been a very secretive organisation shrouded in controversy. The wrestling world has allways kept us in the dark and this book manages to bring... Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2004 by John Cotter
5.0 out of 5 stars Sex, Lies and Headlocks
Excellent book to read if you are a wrestling fan, lets you know exactly how Vince McMahon got to where he is now. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2003 by "hazelkellner"
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