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Wrestling's Sinking Ship

Wrestling's Sinking Ship [Kindle Edition]

Ian Hamilton
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In 2001, the professional wrestling scene in the western world changed almost overnight. From three major promotions at the start of the year, just one remained by the start of April, ending more than a decade of competition. But success breeds complacency, and the five years since World Wrestling Entertainment stood triumphant over its rivals has seen unprecedented shifts in wrestling. Charting the highs and lows of the business in that time, Wrestling's Sinking Ship offers a unique look at the fall and rise of sports entertainment's most controversial characters. From necrophilia to exploitation, nostaligia to racism... oh, and don't forget that fake gay wedding!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 564 KB
  • Print Length: 283 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005F5PXWU
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for fans. Bad for grammarians. 5 July 2013
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I was a huge fan of wwf during the attitude era and have recently become interested again. This book seemed perfect for me as I lost interest over the now infamous 'invasion' angle. I enjoyed reading this book and found myself to share very similar tastes, wrestling wise, with the author. However; there are some grammar and spelling mistakes that are unforgivable, considering the price tag. Would it have killed the guy to get a proof reader? Some of the mistakes are just born out of laziness.

This may seem like a pedantic quibble, but at some points the narrative, already confusing due to wwf's bizarre bookings, completely broke down.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Basic at best 4 July 2013
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Nothing new in here. And quite frankly the author has been proved wrong.

I gave up watching wrestling many moons ago but I still knew what he was saying.

I'm not going to slate the book as it is good for what it is, but it is pretty basic stuff.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 4 Sep 2006
A very well written, thought provoking book by Ian Hamilton, it lists all the major problems with the wrestling industry over the past 5 years. With the lack of competition within the wrestling industry, the quality of wrestling has decreased, while the quantity keeps rising.

This book is well worth the money for any wrestling fan past or present!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One angry fan's ranting and yammering on the WWE 6 Dec 2008
By Andariel Halo - Published on
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First, the other two reviews on the site. First reviewer: Your review is too short and pointless to be of any worth. Second reviewer: Your review has absolutely NOTHING to do with the book, and does nothing but accuse the author of being a pedophile. I tried researching this online, but I found NOTHING. NOTHING. NOTHING. Please, PROVE that the author is a known pedophile. Prove it. And regardless, delete your review because it has nothing to do with the book.

The book's title is "Wrestling's Sinking Ship: What Happens to an Industry Without Competition". Only instead of telling us what happens to an industry without competition, it proceeds instead to give us a one-sided and biased account of one fan's (ie, the author) perspective on WWE storylines from around 2000-2001 to 2006. He picks and chooses what to focus attention on, where Triple H is the perennial favorite to pick on (for good reason, but it gets old in this book quick) and suddenly jerks into ECW One Night Stand 2005 and 2006 with no build-up whatsoever nor any real appreciation for what those events were for ECW and even the WWE.

The book has no works cited page, nor any sourcing or identification of what it claims, so for all we know, he could be making up stories and making up facts and numbers. It wouldn't be improper to think this considering how the entire book reads less like anything remotely resembling an analysis of the WWE than a disillusioned smark (a-thank-you) telling the story of the WWE from 2001-2006 to someone who stopped watching wrestling during the time.

There's no special or unique insight in the book you can't find done better, unbiased, and more detailed from other books (Turning the Tables for ECW, Sex Lies and Headlocks for WWF, The Death of WCW for WCW/WWF) or even by reading through several Wikipedia articles or wrestling websites.

Another glaring negative on this already pitiful issue is the fact that perhaps due to its being self-published, or else published by people who simply didn't care about editing, the book is full of typoes ranging from using wrong words ("there" instead of "their", an elementary school error), or leaving out key words so that sentences sound like baby-talk (A fictional example: "To the wrestler in question, it meant their career" comes out like "To wrestler in question, it meant career")

While it's helpful for someone to catch up to the WWE during the time, it's completely untrustworthy and poorly written.
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3.0 out of 5 stars WRESTLING REVIEW 25 Feb 2008
By Dennis R. Lashbrook - Published on
Although the things discussed in this book has been discussed in other books, this book is worth a read.
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