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4.3 out of 5 stars
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on 18 December 2013
This is a varied and impeccably researched book. It includes matches from America, Mexico, Japan and the UK. There are matches from WWF/E, WCW, ECW and TNA that many people may already be aware of as well as far more obscure matches from smaller promotions, which is a nice balance. The book is very well presented with some fantastic pictures.

The matches include bloodbaths, shoot fights, instances of celebrity involvement going disastrously wrong, ludicrous gimmick match ideas, heels who provoke riots, body parts falling off and even some occasions when animals and sometimes even inanimate objects are inserted into matches against wrestlers.

It's also the kind of book you can read from cover to cover or, if you prefer, just dip in and out of.

I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in pro wrestling.
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on 22 January 2011
Strangest Matches? most definitely! What is good is that most of the matches are thoroughly researched and there is matches from all sorts of wrestling companies, be it WCW, WWE/F, TNA and CZW to name a few. My favourites are the stories of the floating wrestling ring and also of the one-legged wrestler that said he had the easiest nights work ever by letting himself get beaten up and to be the only person that knocked out a future UFC champion while rehearsing the match in question.
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on 2 July 2012
Every review you read on here someone will always throughout the 'you won't be able to put it down' cliche and every time I would groan at the over used phrase. This book however is as close to it as I have found yet. Although I was in fact able to put the book down (its small size means lightweight and easily shelved) rather easily the contents of the book are amazing... For any wrestling fan casual or hardcore this book is perfect. The only problem is that it isn't a 1001 because in no time I had finished it.
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on 3 March 2013
I bought this as a gift for my brother in law who is very interested in wrestling. When it arrived I had to remove it from my husband who apparently found this a very interesting read.
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on 5 January 2015
Bought this for my neffy who is an ex wrestler .He was well pleased with it.
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on 1 September 2010
Very impressed with this. The research is fantastic on all of the pieces, and it culiminates to produce an excellant book.

A stalwart for any wrestling fans bookshelf.
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on 14 June 2015
Great book
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on 4 December 2014
For someone who's into wrestling, this is a really good read.
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on 13 November 2015
If you enjoy the off beat and strange world of professional wrestling then this will please you, a little, but still leave you unsatisfied.
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on 13 April 2013
Wrestling's 101 Strangest Matches.

By Oliver Hurley.

Published by Pitch Publishing.

Released June 30, 2010.

Pages 192, hard cover.

The author of Wrestling's 101 Strangest Matches started his career in journalism by creating a fanzine covering the same subject in the year of 1995. Hurley has gone on to gain extensive experience in all forms of magazines, newspapers and websites. Oliver has worked for well known publications such as Power Slam, The Guardian, The Big Issue, The Metro, Edge, Total Guitar, and Games Master just to name a few.

A book of the strange occurrences and stories that take place within a squared circle, or in some cases whatever may very well be acting in place of one. Including a whole host of well known names alongside uprising hopefuls and in some cases ne'er-do-wells. A total of 8 chapters not including the foreword written by Alexander Bedranowsky A.K.A Thumbtack Jack, the introduction, and the bibliography at the rear. With a short recap of the events that led to each of the 101 matches staking it's claim to rightfully be featured in between the front and back covers, from impromptu situations, to extreme violence, to the plain old freakish and weird, finishing with the just outright absurd. Oliver Hurley covers all walks of wrestling allowing the reader to get a look at what can be the funny, the scary and the what the f... Moments that can happen to any wrestler on any given night from the Road Warriors Vs. the Midnight Express, Jerry Lawler Vs. Terry Funk, Zack Gowen Vs. Brock Lesnar, all the way across the spectrum to Mitch Page Vs. Mad Man Pondo. Hurley doesn't stop there though the book includes all walks of life alligators, bears and robots, not to mention such non-wrestlers as Akebono, the sumo wrestler.

Wrestling's 101 Strangest Matches is a thoroughly entertaining read from start through finish. It is capable of being read in one sitting or in many short sittings. Covering everything from hilarious tales of winning by hypnosis to the extremely bizarre Japanese bath house matches. This is not meant to be a serious or informative look into the world of wrestling, Oliver Hurley accomplishes exactly what you expect he set out to achieve, compiling a list of some of the most amusingly weird moments in pro-wrestling all gathered together inside one handily sized, fun-filled, hard back book for hardcore wrestling fans and the casual fan.

5/5 Stars

By Jimmy Wheeler
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